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“The virgin Amazonian forest” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tapiche Reserve

Tapiche Reserve
Ricardo Palma 516, Iquitos 1000001, Peru
+51 65 600805
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Ranked #5 of 34 things to do in Iquitos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: THE #1 place to see wildlife in their natural habitat. All while having the jungle adventure of a lifetime? When you sign up to go to the jungle with us, you're not just going to experience one of the purest, most pristine primary rainforests on earth. It's not just about witnessing wild animals of the air, land and water in their natural habitats, undisturbed, like you've probably never seen before. Those things are a given. But you should also know that when you visit, you are helping us protect this precious place. We can't do it without you. The Reserve is located in primary rain forest, and it is our mission to coexist with the jungle environment without disturbing its natural processes. We have ongoing efforts to save a species of river turtle known locally as taricaya(Podocnemis unifilis), which can live to 60 years of age and plays a crucial part in the region's ecosystem. We have also been monitoring our populations of red uakari monkey (Cacajao calvus), which is nearly extinct in Peru due to hunting and the destruction of its habitat. By choosing to visit the jungle with us, you are directly helping us maintain and protect these projects, the Reserve and the local people. Your presence on the trails and in the creeks shows local hunters and loggers that we are watching and patrolling the property. Your financial contribution pays for lodge and boat maintenance and the local people's salaries. Quite frankly, the area's (and Peru's, for that matter) conservation laws are few and weak. Those that do exist are not enforced, making them equal to non-existent. To add insult to injury, the government continues to pass laws that protect business interests over the environment, effectively turning the rainforest into a combination lumber yard and oil well. We don't get support from any other organization, government nor private, local nor international. You absolutely make a difference. We'd like to highlight two main areas of concern with regards to conservation in our area: the illegal animal trade and the illegal logging trade. Both are booming business sectors that have been deeply entrenched in the local psyche and economy for years. Yet, like all businesses, they are driven by demand. And who is doing the demanding? Tourists, clients, customers, buyers...basically you. You can help change the landscape of the market simply by making conscious decisions about what you spend you spend your money on, regardless of whether you're buying experiences, food, souvenirs or furniture.
Athens, Attiki, Greece
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“The virgin Amazonian forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I have to thank Katoo for preserving this area , in Tapiche river, for us ,and nature's sake.I ve been in the forests lodge ,on April. A life's experience for me ! We could observe the monkeys
, the birds from a reasonable distance to not disturb them .Stil in my head is the awful cry of the howler monkeys.and what about the grace of the dolfins!The lodge is very cute ,the hammocks quite comfortable.I also want to thank our hostess Nadin ,a very inspired person and very helpful as well thank Victor ,the jungle guide,so experiensed and very kind.
The Katoo's hostal in Iquitos is very familiar and the personel helpful and friendly. Deborah is also a positive person.

Visited April 2013
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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review, August 3, 2013
Thank you Maria for youor suport,
The Reserve will keep alöive wile there atre nature lovers that choose to take the risk to see wild life in the wild isntead of those places with animals in domestic situation or "sanctuary"., birds with cliped wings etc.
"WILD LIFE IN THE WILD"
The Tapiche Reserve thanks for yoour visit and enthusiasm.
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Zanzibar, Tanzania
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“Help to preserve a unique piece of amazone by visiting this reserve!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Cato lived within a tribe in the Pantanal until his 15th. Afterwards he working as a wildlife guide and in wildlife/jungle conservation. 3 years ago he bought 1500 hectare peruvian amazone to create the tapiche reserve. An 8 hours speedboat ride far from Iquitos and other lodges. 3 years later most of the logging and hunting is stopped and the Tapiche reserve is an extremely rich part of the amazone, full of live!
Passionate and all his knowledge and stories sharing, Cato has guided us 3 days through the jungle, by canoe or walking. We saw 11 different species of monkeys, pink and grey river dolphins, several sloths, caiman, tucans, macau, parrots, lizards, snakes and a lot of other very rare birds. All watched and observed in their natural surrounding and natural behaviour. 1 of the highlights was the visit of a birds breedingground by a Lagune deep and well protected in the reserve. Thousands of birds were breeding there and we were stalked by terretorial pink river dolphins, unique!!!

Besides the wildlife Cato build a nice lodge, where you sleep surrounded by all kinds of Jungle sounds. Here Nadine is cooking very lovely healthy food, sometime with fish, sometimes vegetarian. Which made even me, a true carnivor, forget about his daily meat :-)

Besides your dollars invested in the Reseve, with visiting the Tapiche reserve and your presence for some days. You help to scare the hunters and loggers away, so besides the amazing wildlife experience, choosing for this lodge is 1 of the best things you can do for the Amazone and her Amazing animals!!

Visited May 2013
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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Thank yoou so much for your description and thank you for your your visit to the reserve.
We at the reserve are always happy to serve visitors like you. Thank you for your generosity and wish you both of you.
Katoo
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Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia
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“Tapiche Ohara Reserve”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

If you want to experience the Amazon and see it RAW and totally non touristy go to the unbelievable Tapiche Ohara Reserve about 400kms from Iquitos, Peru. You get there by speed boat and is no pleasure cruise to see the Amazon and a little jungle this immerses you into the real Amazon, the black water and the deep jungle environment. Katoo is a great bloke who has a wealth of experience and really gets you involved and utilizes your time to see as much as possible. I even went piranha fishing with him and he actually hooked his face by accident and he then proceded to cut it out with his fishing knife but not before taking many photos of his facial misadventure. It was so funny!! If you love nature please be part of his fabulous reserve and tour
John Anderson Australia.
PS: The pink dolphins were amazing and Katoo owes me a photograph as I had trouble getting a good image of these elusive creatures.

Visited March 2013
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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Thank you for the great review, as I told you, the photo I have is not the best, the resolution wasnt very good, I will try this week to make a good photo, but as you say, there are lots of them but to take a photo is not so easy,,,I smile every time i remember our experience.
Tahnk you for your visit as well

Katoo
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“Amazing! Just like the Avatar movie!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Just came back from a week-long trip to Tapiche Ohara Reserve. Had an amazing time there!!! Many thanks to Katoo, Nadine, Hector and Victor!

The reserve is stunningly beautiful. The creeks and the lagoons are magical, and the forest looks just like the Avatar movie. I visited during the high water season, so we were canoeing in the flooded forest.

It takes about 8 hours to reach the reserve by a speedboat from Iquitos. The boat goes upstream through the Amazon, Ukayali, and Tapiche rivers. It really pays off to go that far -- the further away I was getting from Iquitos, the more beautiful were the views. Tapiche reserve is untouched by logging and development, because it is so far away from Iquitos -- the furthest of all lodges and camps. Close to Iquitos there is a good deal of logging and development going on, which destroys the forest and kills the wildlife. Tapiche, however, is pristine and untouched, unlike the closer areas that other Iqjuitos jungle tours usually go to.

I spent full five days at the reserve, plus two days getting there and back from Iquitos (by speedboat, a great ride). We canoed on the river, creeks, lagoons, and in the flooded forest, walked through the forest, climbed the trees, and fished. I saw nine species of monkeys (sometimes all in one day), many sloths, caimans, iguanas, snake, many beautiful birds, a very large rodent (close relative of capybara, forgot the name), lots of pink dolphins (unforgettable!!!), paiche (AKA arapaima, a huge fish over 7 feet long), jaguar and tapir tracks, and much more!

The forest is stunningly beautiful, an original old growth tropical rainforest forest that has never been logged. Huge trees with lianas and vines. There is a birds nesting ground in one of the lagoons - a magical sight (and sounds)!

Katoo is a truly outstanding guide -- he grew up in the forest and knows everything about it. He reads animal tracks like a book, knows every bird, animal, and every tree/plant in the forest, and can tell any bird or animal by the calls they make. He can spot the tiniest birds and animals hidden far away in a dense jungle. He is also great and very charismatic person, with a strong spirit and a deep passion for the rainforest and nature. He has lots of amazing stories to tell (ask about bullet ants!).

Katoo did an amazing job building the reserve and protecting the forest. He has totally put his heart into it.

The food was absolutely delicious -- prepared by Nadine. Nadine has previously worked as a chef in Switzerland.

The lodging is simple but comfortable and practical. Make sure to bring bugs repellent for jungle walks, and plastic poncho rainjackets. Bring dry bags for cameras.

Highly recommended!!!!!! One of the very best vacations of my life, and I have traveled a lot.

Visited May 2013
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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Yan,
Thank you so much for the review, I feel so honored with it. Im very proud to have guided some enthusiasttic person like you. We at the Tapiche Reserve is very thankfull of your visit.

Katoo
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“A truly authentic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Katoo owns his own reserve some 400km out of Iquitos. He spent 2 years rehabilitating the area and has been rewarded now with an amazing amount of wildlife.

It takes about 7 hours to get there, mostly by speedboat, but the extra travelling time is definitely worth it. You're really out in the middle of the jungle. Also he only takes up to 4 people at a time so you definitely get a personal tour.

I was in a group of 3. We went on several excursions, mostly by canoe because the quietness of the paddling, as opposed to walking through the jungle, which makes more noise - so you get to see more wildlife.

Katoo is excellent at spotting wildlife, but he also has several locals who live in the Reserve and are guides for him - Hector spent a lot of time guiding us - and they are even better at it, spotting all sorts of wildlife both a long way away and right up close.

Our first day was "disappointing" in terms of what we saw - only 3 types of monkeys, a tree iguana, a caiman, various birds including a toucan and kingfisher, a sloth, a Bushmaster snake, and a couple of very recent jaguar and tapir footprints. This "disappointing" day is about what most other people see on their whole trips (not including animals in captivity - these were all wild).

Our second day was absolutely stunning - 8 types of monkeys, some of them quite close up, an anteater, a South American raccoon, and literally hundreds of birds in a local nesting area, as well as a giant falcon thing (sorry Katoo I can't remember the name!) and another snake - not to mention the numerous river dolphins, and other things I can't even remember. We also caught the fish that was cooked for dinner.

The lodge accommodation was reasonably basic, but comfortable - I have no issues with sleeping in a hammock for a few days, and you spend very little daylight time at the hostel anyway. The trip really is all about seeing wildlife in the wild and it certainly provided that. Nadine is currently volunteering at the lodge and acting as a cook (she does a mighty fine carrot cake), but also just helping out with anything you might need.

Katoo is very eco-minded. There is no logging on his property, nor does he hunt bush meat (ie. monkeys or tortoises) for the travellers to "try" on his property, something that several of the other tours do.

I was very lucky to be staying in Katoo's hostel (Green Track in Iquitos) when he was in town and able to join his next trip. He goes every 4 or 5 days, returning with a group of people in between to pick up supplies and his next group. He has a very excellent website with details about the Reserve and when his next departures are. Definitely check out the website.

All this for a reasonable price too when compared with some of the other tours I looked into.

All in all - a truly impressive experience & highly recommended. Well done Katoo, and thanks to Hector and Nadine too!

Visited April 2013
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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
OMG Pieter Attenborough ,

Your description of the reserve is fantastic, thank you ffor refering at my skills of spotting wild life, but really I think any guide can spot wild life, some better than others, but the wild life has to be there. And as you say , the all wild life we saw were in the wild, Im very very proud of it and also very honored with your review.
The "giant hack" was a Harpy Eagle and dont worry , Im very very proud that you can remember most of the names as well,
Your visit makes the diference for the area, creating founds and generating alternative income to the locals. You could have had easely gone to one of the places around iquitos to see and pet animals in domestic conditions, but you trusted us and went to the Real Jungle.

Thank you
Katoo
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