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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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This is an absolute must visit if you are in Iquitos, even though it's a bit difficult to get there. Your admission fee supports the animal rescue efforts they engage in there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Lima, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This is an absolute must visit if you are in Iquitos, even though it's a bit difficult to get there. Your admission fee supports the animal rescue efforts they engage in there, and the tour (which lasts about an hour) is a sort of highlights tour of some of the most incredible animals you can see anywhere in the jungle.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Genuine butterfly farm and animal shelter. I enjoyed getting out by motocarro then boat (collectivo). There's a limited array of animals because they are all those that are rescued. It's more about the animals than tourists which is great.

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is a wonderful spot for rescued animals. Small but potent and the animals seem content, which probably means they are well cared for. They have several specimens of the rarest species of monkey on the continent, along with the largest jaguar I have ever seen in captivity and several sloths, which are my personal favorites. There is also a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This Amazonian wildlife refuge is truly a gem. Don't be swindled into going to the “close” or “cheap” one next to it, go to Pilpintuwasi, the ORIGINAL. Red-faced Ucari monkeys, one of the most endangered (and adorable) monkeys on earth roam free, and very friendly- you can get incredibly close to these sweet animals, as well as most of the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

about 5 species of butterflies, no other animals, attendants do not speak English or German or ----- Gudrun not on location, ever , according to attendant ------Zeitverschwendung und unnoetige Geldausgabe ........ a disgrace of an outfit ....advertising very deceiving ... riesen Entaeuschung .....

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

This is Gudrun.owner of Pilpintuwasi ,and unfortunately I have to tell you that you were cheated on by some boatdriver or guide-who took you to the wrong place! There is a "new butterflyfarm" just at the entrance of my rescue centre,and the owner,an ex worker of Pilpintuwasi, pays guides and boatdrivers a comission,so they leave visitors in his place instead... More 

Arequipa, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

The farm is a really interesting place and they work they do for animals is amazing. The guidance was nice too!

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

It's worth visiting if you can get there - we did it ourselves by mototaxi and speedboat but you can go there by tour which probably is easier and more cost effective. We overpaid for a private speedboat 60 soles each way but we were in a rush and our spanish isn't that great. The farm itself does excellent work... More 

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Marquette, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Enjoyed learning about the life of a butterfly! They also had other animals - a wildlife sanctuary - not a zoo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

These people really care about what they do. The animals have all been rescued and are in good health. Our guide was great. I would highly recommend a visit, its possible to go from Iquitos without a guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

One of my favourite places I´ve been to in South America. It´s clear that everyone there loves the place, even the workers. Volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable, and the animals look very well looked after. Such a shame that they don´t receive any government funding, when other, less reputable places around do.

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