Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary

Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary

Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
We are a private organizations that has dedicated itself to the Rescue of Animals that have been abused of, or come from the illict Trafic of Wildlife. The Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary was founded in the year 2007 . Since them, we have provided refuge to a wide number of especies; a lot of them are in the Brink of extinction in order to acheive the reproduction of these amazin birds and then release the offsprings. OUR MISSION. Education its considered the most important factor when its comes to the conservation of local species and biodiversity. Through educational activities, we ill install values that stimulate appreciation for biodiversity.
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Saskia V
109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
I am glad I visited the park. Very informative about Andean animals and overall a beautiful project to raise awareness. I learned a lot about Andean animals and am praying for a change of human behavior. Condor flight was impressive and really beautiful animals.
Written March 25, 2020
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ABNNER6
13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
I understand people need income, but when you have to push a condor various times a day so it can fly as a spectacle for a bus full of tourists, it shouldn't be considered an animal sanctuary.

It was basically a guys farm with caged in animals.
Written January 3, 2017
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djoannou
Fort Lauderdale, FL4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
A very disappointing visit. This place was advertised as a sanctuary for condors. With the intent to rehabilitate them and release them into the wild. The facilities for the animals were sub optimal and during the presentation we started to ask questions about the release program. The staff became very evasive and very aggressive with their answers. It’s soon became apparent that not one bird has been released during the history of this sanctuary. Well the staff finally admitted this they could give us no reason why this was the case. It led us to believe that this was just false advertising to attract visitors and donations When we left, we left a donation as suggested. The boss of the sanctuary ran in front of us and got very aggressive and amended we pay more before we left his facility. He almost started a confrontation. All in all a very disappointing day.
Written July 20, 2018
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zlahat
Silver Spring, MD53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
This place is a commercial enterprise pretending to be a "non profit sanctuary for animals" while using the poor animals simply to make money. The animals ARE NOT released to freedom, don't believe any of the stories they tell you. This is pure exploitation of the animals and poor treatment of these poor animals for commercial purposes alone. DO NOT SPEND YOUR TIME AND MONEY in this place. This place should be closed by the Peruvian government and the people who run it should be thrown in jail.
Written October 7, 2016
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Lloyd O
Camrose, Canada6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
We were very excited to go to the animal sanctuary - to see Andean condors and other indigenous species up close. We went to the main square in Cuzco to their office to sign up for an excursion and were told it would be a half hour drive out, one hour with the animals, and a half hour back. Fine. But that's not how it worked out. It took 70 minutes to get out there, not because it was a far distance, but because it was a "tourist" route with a drive through the squares of Cuzco, and a stop at one of the ruins to take pictures. Really?!? We were confused.
When we arrived at the sanctuary, we were rushed through in 27 minutes. Yes, we did spend some quality although very brief time with the condors, but everything else was a "run through". And the guide didn't mention the hairless dogs that were there (which we were told elsewhere were bred in Peru because of the fleas). Nor were we told of other cages which held species of monkey indigenous to Peru, many more birds, and who knows what else. Frustrating! There was also a gift shop which sold items made from alpaca hair - fine, beautiful, colorful, well-made items whose sale was intended to raise further money for the sanctuary. However, there was little time for us to purchase anything. Thankfully I was made aware of this by fellow tourists and was prepared mentally beforehand to know exactly what I was looking for. The bus driver very rudely ordered us back on the bus. Vamoose, vamoose!
And now began the ride back with yet another lengthy stop at another ruin for pictures, time which would have been better spent at the animal sanctuary. Now we were doubly and triply frustrated. Thankfully, we were not the only ones. And thankfully, one of our assorted group spoke fluent Spanish. He expressed his frustration, politely, to a tour guide on the bus but was brushed off. Four of us decided we needed to go to the main office back in Cuzco and speak out rather than let other people be railroaded through such a disappointing experience. There we were told that we hadn't read the information correctly on the website, or that the person who signed us up and took our money hadn't explained things correctly. When we went to the website and pointed out the specifics, he refused to listen. We don't speak Spanish, and he refused to acknowledge us until....I looked him straight in the eye and said that I would go on TripAdvisor, express our disappointment and discourage others from going. Immediately he understood me and offered a full refund. Did we take it! Yes, because they were in the wrong.
If you go on this excursion, make sure you have all details in place. You can even refer to this review. This could be a very wonderful experience if you get what is advertised on the website. The rating we give refers to our total experience, not to the sanctuary itself.
Written August 19, 2015
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Adam C
Guelph, Canada394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
One of the best things i did my whole trip, about a 30min-45min drive out of cusco, nice scenic drive. no entrance fee, runs on donations and a store they have. was greeted by a young tour guide, told us all about every animal in there, how they got there, if they can be released again or not, what they eat, and what eats them. pumas, peru deer, alpacas, lamas, parrots, jungle cat kittens, birds of prey, Condors, and a few others. condors have a nice large avairy that you can walk in and get pretty close to the big birds and get nice pictures. and they show you where they get the colours for the alpaca wool, like certain rocks and plants for different colours. they have a large shop to buy many fine baby alpaca times and other animal items and sculptures. with a donation you get a parting gift of a wooden condor whistle, a really nice unexpected treat. A great small sanctuary worth seeing and a worthy cause to donate to.

there is also a alpaca/lama petting ranch just down the road, only 4 or 5 pens, but a few different kinds and you can hand feed them, ask for grass if there is none out. also on donations, and has a shop that serves alcohol! haha.
Written June 26, 2012
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bragghouse
Montclair, NJ184 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Part of me wants to believe these animals really are better off having been rescued, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from their surroundings - no space to run, swing, fly, no privacy for them. it was at first amazing to see what animals you were seeing, and then just depressing. Perhaps no money to arrange for better habitats, but really uncomfortable with this being a road side attraction. It was just sad. The tour guide was nice and her English was very good, just not sure what we were being told was accurate. I do not know if there are any sort of regulations that they need to meet as a non profit who is caring for animals (but I wish there were, and/or they were better funded to provide better habitats).
Written September 15, 2017
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luxurydoesmatter
New Orleans, LA102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
We stopped at this sanctuary without expecting much and boy were we delightfully surprised. The English speaking staff are fantastic and explain about the rescues of these delightful birds and animals. There were amazing condors flying overhead and spreading their wings. Macaws that mated for life. Curious llamas always ready for a photo. Tiny monkeys, Andean mountain wildcats (leopards), vicuñas and guinea pigs. After seeing the great work being done here it was a pleasure to buy great gifts at the gift shop. Well worth a visit just outside of Cusco. It was a nominal donation for entrance. One of our favorite spots on the trip.
Written July 17, 2016
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Unelma333
Karlsruhe, Germany1,248 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
I find it difficult to rate this place, because on one hand they try to save abused animals and provide them a shelter. On the other hand the animals clearly don't have enough space and are kept in cages. So I can agree with reviews saying that it looks more like a zoo. It was interesting to see lamas, vicunas, bears, pumas (from distance) and especially condors flying. However, it wasn't an experience I was able to fully enjoy.
Written April 11, 2019
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Maria M
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Visited this place yesterday with family and friends. Saw perfectly healthy birds which could be free kept in a small space for tourist to see. Not sure these birds will ever be freed. Sad situation and cagey responses to legitimate questions. More of a zoo than a sanctuary. Free the Condors🦅✊🏻
Written July 21, 2018
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