It took a year, but he finally found the ideal property for his Amazon lodge. It was 400 acres of primary rainforest at the headwaters of the Amazon river. It sat right at the confluence of the brown water of the Cumceba river and the black water of the Yarapa river. The mixing waters also presented an ideal feeding ground for many pink and gray fresh water dolphins who could be seen daily. Perhaps most importantly, the whole area had been preserved from loggers, commercial fisherman, and hunters.
It took more than a year to complete. It was in reality a nearly self-sustaining village. Water came from the river, was settled and purified in a series of tanks, and then pumped into high tanks in the treehouse ceilings and on towers. Electricity is collected from solar panels and stored in batteries with a backup generator. They help to power beautiful bistro lights above the bridges and walkways and rustic lights in the upper and lower levels of the main building. And sustainable sceptic systems were created for every treehouse and structure.
Local villagers were helped during the building process and more projects are planned. One of the nearby villages faces very difficult conditions every year. The amazon rises as much as 30 ft every year and then drops back down. When it rises, they pretty much live out of canoes because they have no dry ground. Sometimes it rises high enough that it covers the floors of their stilted homes. So they put some blocks down and then a bunch of board over the top to keep dry. 1.5 years ago, it rose so high that the entire village was forced to evacuate to Nauta in camp-like conditions. The village has decided to relocate to the other side of the Yarapa River because the ground is a little higher there. So they are in the process of that move which will take another year or so. They need a new school and new churches.