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On the IIAP compound at KM 4.5 of the highway to Nauta, Iquitos, Peru
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Ranked #6 of 20 Attractions in Iquitos
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Iquitos, Peru
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Located at IIAP on the Iquitos-Nauta road. It is easy to find and almost any motokarro taxi driver will know where it is. Can get a motokarro taxi for about 10 soles per hour. Then you dont have to worry about buses, or trying to get a return taxi when out of Iquitos. The entry fees have been recently changed.... More 

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131 reviews 131 reviews
63 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

spent some time here feeding the baby manatees, great organisation helping educate locals. definitely recommend a visit.

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Glen Davis, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I liked having a knowledgable guide who spoke English. The manatees are amazing - I think this is the best place I have seen in the world for observing either manitees or dugongs. I would have liked to know the exact connection with the University of Dallas. I did learn that the university is heavily subsidising the formula for the... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This place is a fabulous rescue center - it is NOT a zoo! The animals seemed well cared for and being able to feed feed the manatees was such a fun experience. I am glad that the animals are released back into the wild as the manatees are very important to the ecosystem. We were told that people are hunting... More 

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Del Mar, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

It is usually impossible to see these animals in the wild, so this was an excellent place to be able to observe and photograph them. Even better, you can hand feed the manatees!

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The animals here are well cared-for, the staff and volunteers are genuine and knowledgeable, and each animal is on a rehabilitation schedule with an expected release date. You get to see whatever they have at the center at the time, which is how a rescue center should work. I saw incredibly cute baby otters and a range of manatees of... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A really nice, simple place just outside Iquitos. I took the bus (marked Airport), which only cost 1.50 soles each way. Entry is only 3 soles but please do give donations to help them continue and develop. There are a few animals on the way in and the jungle around here seems to have been full of big lizards, which... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

One of the highlights of Iquitos. It's only a small centre, with a few pools and 8-10 juvenile manatees. But it's a MUST SEE. You're unlikely to ever see these critters anywhere else, and they are pretty much the most adorable little guys you'll ever see. The manatees are rescued and rehabilitated, then released to the wild. The people here... More 

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Highland Village, Texas
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221 reviews 221 reviews
103 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

About a 40 minute moto drive that should only cost around 15 soles. Seemed to be plenty of motos to return to Iquitos. The entrance fee was 3 soles and they let my guide in free. Small zoo but good restaurant and nice beach area. Animals seem well cared for but in small areas. The jaguars are impressive and plan... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I have a new favourite animal. Manatees are amazing. The centre is a small animal rescue centre that receives orphaned and hurt manatees from the national park. The newly rescued and baby ones are held in quarantine and bottle fed formula milk. Then they are transferred to a secure pool and fed leaves (you can feed them). They like being... More 

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