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Once upon a time, building a hotel meant bulldozing the planet's precious trees. However, many of the world's accommodation providers now prefer a greener solution. Read on to learn about four of the most amazing hotels built into the trees. Ariau Amazon Towers, Brazil

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Ariau Amazon Towers, northwest of the Brazilian city of Manaus, sets the standard for treetop hotels. With 288 suites located in seven towers over the Rio Negro, it's the largest commercial treetop hotel in the world. The late explorer Jacques Cousteau came up with the idea of creating a hotel in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, in the style of the native Brazilians. He shared it with a local hotelier, who decided to make Cousteau's dream a reality. Ariau Amazon Towers' tallest unit, known as the Tarzan House, is perched atop a living Mmahogany tree. It stands more than 72 feet above the grand to capitalize on its views of the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. But this vista pales in comparison to the sights you'll enjoy from the hotel's 150-foot observation towers.

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