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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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Address: Padre Cocha, Iquitos, Peru
Phone Number: 063-23-2665
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The butterfly farm is a genuine piece of eco-tourism, with rescued animals and a safe breeding area for butterflies and moths. Volunteers work really hard with butterflies... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rob W
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The butterfly farm is a genuine piece of eco-tourism, with rescued animals and a safe breeding area for butterflies and moths. Volunteers work really hard with butterflies, rescued animals, maintenance. Amazingly knowlegeable and enthusiastic people. Would love to have stayed longer but it lashed down with rain. There are lots of beautiful butterflies and various monkies, sloths, snakes, jaguar, ocelottes... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited early November. Rode a boat from Bellavista-Nanay (a 15 minute ride from Iquitos), then a small boat (round trip 50 soles for the boat), then rode tuk tuks to get there, which in the dry season is a must for most (i.e. if you're not really fit and ready for an uphill hike) - negotiate and pay only 10... More 

1 Thank Alex S
gudrun s, Propietario at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, responded to this review

Dear Alex,thank you very much for your visit and the critic.I want to thank you for the comment about the maybe too short time at the farm-on one hand it is a compliment that you would have liked to stay longer,but I feel bad on the other hand because you seem to have been rushed through the centre-for which I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Caring and thoughtful staff. Providing amazing natural habitat. Please visit them the next time you are in Iquitos, Peru!

Thank Mr O
Cephalonia, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pilpintuwasi started out as a butterfly farm, but turned into an orphanage for animals that have been treated badly or put on the pet markethad after their mothers were killed. On tours you get to hear their stories and learn all about the process of the life of a butterfly. The butterfly house is also recently renovated so it is... More 

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Gorinchem, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited end Octobre. Nice and beautiful to see all the butterfly's. Learning how they grow up. The team takes the time to explain you whole process and take you around to show all kinds of animal. They are open every day. Even when the locals say no you have to go as they want to guide you to the commercial... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Firstly, make sure you don't get taken to other butterfly farm which is on the same island, actually just next door. If walking through the village from where the boat docked make sure you do not take the first sign (Mariposairo) for the butterfly farm. This isn't the real one!! He is a local dude who set up a butterfly... More 

Thank ritapwchan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

It is a good place to see and learn about butterflies but the monkeys that are held in this place makes a dangerous place to go mainly if you have children. There are many red huacary monkeys that are aggressive. One of them bit me when I went to the restroom. I told this to one of the volunteers and... More 

Thank Carl C
gudrun s, Propietario at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, responded to this review

Dear Carl, I would first like to apologise for your experience in Pilpintuwasi. I have made inquiries with the volunteers however, according to them, they are unaware of the incident which you claimed happened as you went to use the restroom. I have repeated to the volunteers that the safety of the public is of the upmost importance so that... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Pilpintuwasi is a small and very pretty butterfly farm and animal shelter. It is located on a sleepy island of Padre Cocha, easily reachable from Iquitos - boats run all day from Bellavista-Nanay port and once you reach the island, the short road is clearly marked. In the rainy season, boats can take you to Pilpintuwasi directly. Should you hear... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

If they took me to the right place, then it was pretty neat, but small. It's also possible I went to a different butterfly farm nearby. It was very informative though and I had a lot of fun. I just thought it was kind of expensive for how small it was.

Thank Kara W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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50 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Great place to visit! The animals are rescues which can't be returned to the wild. They look very healthy and cared for, with shiney fur and feathers. Our volunteer guide was passionate and knowledgeable. Be careful not to go to the fake farm next door, they trick tourists and don't provide as good an experience

Thank NZRobin

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