AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico

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AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico

AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Inga_K_K
Quito, Ecuador278 contributions
Dec 2021
Loved the place. Some of the best conditions I've seen animals enjoy. Well, perhaps with the exception of peccaries, pigs like some mud, but they also like to have someplace where they can be out of the mud, their enclosure was one big swamp.
Some of the animals have the sad records of their previous mistreatment on their bodies, I'm so happy they can enjoy a better life now.
Spent there some 7 hours easily, could have spent more but then it was closing time. Just hanging around the enclosures, enjoying the company of animals, making my way slowly through the path, having a very decent lunch. There path sometimes does go up but I did not find it particularly difficult. Probably it helps that the day was dry and the level of mud under control. Still, reasonable shoes would be recommended, high heels not so much.
Getting there - just took a taxi from town, and went down to the main road and hailed a taxi passing by, could not be easier.
Written December 10, 2021
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Nicki E
Illinois427 contributions
Sep 2021
We count our adventure around Amaru Bioparque as another half day hike because that’s essentially what it was. For three hours, we followed a dirt path up and down and around the cliffside to see a wonderland of animals in natural habitats. You don’t necessarily need to wear hiking boots (I did) but definitely wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes.

I’m a bit of a zoo connoisseur and have been to many, including the big show in San Diego (but not the safari park yet), and I would honestly put AMARU at the tippy top of my favorites list. It was such a fun experience. I’ve never been so close to so many animals or had so many direct interactions with them. Yet the enclosures are large and natural, so they seem at home, even if lions don’t come from the Andes.

As a bonus, you get a supercool view down on Cuenca from the parking lot.

The bioparque is a 20ish minute drive from city center. The taxi meter came to about $4 but the driver added on a dollar at the end because of the steep drive up the dirt road. When you finish your walk through the zoo, ask the person in the ticket cabin to call you a driver – that drive was a bit more at $6 and well worth it for the convenience.
Written October 10, 2021
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landyheadley
Cuenca, Ecuador27 contributions
Nov 2020
Sweetest zoo with plenty to see. Lot's of Ecuadorian animals (Andean bears, Condors) birds, large cats... Unique setting on a hillside. Difficult to navigate if you are not mobile.
Written October 1, 2021
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Cheryl G
143 contributions
Sep 2021
This was one of my favorites experiences in Cuenca, and I had many. You need to have some semblance of physical fitness because you will be hiking up and down through the park to view the animals. Depending on weather, it could be very muddy. Fantastic aviary areas that you walk through. I had birds dive bombing my head and loved every minute of it. Toucans, scarlett macaws, peacocks, and a ton of other birds. However, the park is not just birds, there are a ton of animals represented in their natural environments. Best animal park of its kind that I have ever been to. Highly recommend!
Written September 28, 2021
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naoko
New York City, NY1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
This is an incredible zoo. The animals seem to have large natural enclosures and they look healthy and content.
Take note - It is a BIG HIKE. You climb and hike all around the mountain to get to each next enclosure. No strollers, wheelchairs or anything like that. The parakeet/parrot/toucan enclosure is amazing - they come and land on you! It’s a big trip and will take a couple of hours at least. There are bathrooms and a place to buy food/drink/snacks.
An amazing place to go - would recommend to anyone who can do a strenuous and tricky hike.
Written August 26, 2021
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Clyde T
Mendocino, CA12 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
This zoo is great. You get really close to the animals. The walking tour is really well set up and it does take a good 3 hours to get through. They have a lot of cool animals that you wish you saw during your $2000 Amazon lodge trip. I pet some birds. However do not let them call a taxi for you, it’s some kind of scam. Just walk down the hill and hail one or use an app.
Written August 22, 2021
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travel younger
Puerto Morelos, Mexico267 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
This place deserves 6 stars. It's an immersive eco zoo that demands your physical involvement since it's all trails.

Great selection of birds, cats are hit or miss since they usually sleep during the day, but for a few bucks it's a great afternoon.

Be warned: wear comfortable shoes and there are slippery, wet paths. Starting elevation is about 8200 feet and it's all uphill from there.
Written August 21, 2021
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AriTheHatter
London, UK10 contributions
May 2021
They took our entrance fee knowing full well that we will not be able to navigate the steep, narrow paths. After just 50 meters we had to turn back. They refused to refund us.
Written July 13, 2021
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Luv2Tour2
Ann Arbor, MI2,273 contributions
Nov 2020
Probably one of the best zoos we have visited. The biggest minus is that it is definitely not wheelchair accessible. In addition, please keep in mind that a passage though the zoo is basically a narrow nature path that goes up and down the mountain, with tree roots, rocks and other obstacles common to the mountain trails. There are no paved roads, and you will not be able to use a stroller for your kids. They don’t have a huge abundance of animals, and from what I was reading about it, the majority of animals at Amaru are rescues who cannot be returned to the wild due to health issues, habitat destruction or lack of survival instincts. At the same time, I found the animals there to be curious about the visitors and very interactive. They did not seem to be hiding in their little caves, but coming up to the barriers to “say hello”. I thought it was very endearing. The enclosures are nothing like I have seen before. There is a window pane at each enclosure for animal observation, but around it are not cemented walls, but metal meshes with fairly large openings. Not enough for the animal to escape, but sufficient for it to stick its head or paw out. We spent about 30 minutes hanging out with two condors that live in Amaru. Unfortunately, condors are nearly extinct and the couple residing in the zoo is being preserved; that is to say, they certainly do not have enough gliding/flying space, which made me very sad, but they are safe, which made me very happy…. They flew over to where we were standing and put their heads through the openings in the hatch, literally observing us, as we were awed by them. All in all, we spent about 6 hours in Amaru, walking slowly from one enclosure to the next and “interacting” with the animals, talking about interesting animal facts, etc. However, that was about the time when the rain rolled in. It started pouring pretty hard, and the mountain paths became little water swamps. We made our way from one covering to the next, and had to expedite our exit. In the turtle enclosure that housed several giant tortoises of Galapagos, we ran into a couple who were afraid to leave because of the rain. It was their first time visiting Amaru and the lady was wearing very nice high heeled suede boots… I am afraid those were history, after she had to go down the mud & water filled paths… We loved our visit, despite the rain and adventurous run through the muddy mountain. Don’t miss it!
Written March 28, 2021
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ChaseSq
Denver, CO97 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a "zoo" like no other. I am not a fan of most zoos. This one is different. Excellent environments for rescued animals, huge natural enclosures and animals that genuinely looked content. The large animals were rescued from terrible conditions and rehabilitated, but cannot be released back into the wild. This park is the next best thing for them. It is a bit unusual, you follow a lengthy walking path around to each exhibit, it feels a bit like a hike with animal encounters. There is a picnic area midway through with bathrooms and drinkable water. It took our group about 3 hours to go through the whole thing. Information is written in Spanish and English. A couple things to consider: The terrain is rugged an uneven, and this is a rigorous walk. Wearing hiking or running shoes. Not suitable for people with mobility issues, and might be a bit much for younger children. You could not get a stroller through this. There's a good bit of climbing. It is located outside of the city, about a $4-$7 cab ride from parts of the city. The fare is a bit more on the way back because driver's have to go up to the next exit to turn back. The last stretch to the park is dirt, very twisty, and bumpy. If you are driving on that part, take your time and be careful. If you are in a taxi, don't be freaked out when the driver turns off the highway onto a dirt road. The zoo will call a cab for you when finished. The animals were amazing and very curious, many come right up to the edge of the enclosure. You will be closer to these animals than in any zoo you've been to before. I clicked yes that it has free parking because there is parking there, but I believe it costs $2.
Written July 2, 2020
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