Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Please visit us in Padre Cocha! See our website for more info. Please know that a previous employee of the refuge has also set up a butterfly house and is offering boat-drivers commission to take visitors to this alternative centre rather than the original Pilpintuwasi. The true centre offers homes to a number of rescued animals in addition to the butterfly house. Please ensure you follow our visiting directions as we would love to welcome you all to our centre during your visit to Iquitos. About us: Pilpintuwasi is a wildlife rescue and temporary custody centre located on 20 hectares of land in the village of Padre Cocha, 20 minutes outside of Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon. We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting animals affected by the poaching and trafficking industry which thrives in Iquitos. We work with the ecological police to take in animals confiscated from markets, airports and homes, which often arrive with injuries and malnourishment.
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Russell Jenkins
Ithaca12 contributions
A real, not a fake, wildlife rescue center and butterfly farm. You are advised
May 2021
I had an unforgettable time learning from Gudrun the hard times Pilpintuwasi wildlife rescue center is struggling during pandemia time!
Written July 13, 2021
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Rakaia, New Zealand60 contributions
good place to visit
Mar 2020
this is a good place to see wildlife up close, they care for the animals that need help and the staff have a great source of knowledge to share
Written May 30, 2020
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Rochester, NY313 contributions
Make this one of the first places you go to in Iquitos !
Feb 2020
You'll rarely have a chance to get this close to wild primates. While the name is the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, the emphasis for this place has gradually shifted to one of an animal sanctuary. The owner works with Peru's Ecological Police. When the police department confiscates an illegal pet, they usually bring it to this sanctuary. What makes this sanctuary so unique is that the animals are not kept in cages, the visitors are (with the exception of a few animals that need special care, or the jaguar that needs to be kept away from humans). The property is huge, with a small lake and plenty of trees. The rescued animals are free to roam anywhere they want (they could leave the property, but most don't because they have been habituated and rely on humans to provide food). On this property are a series of fenced in 'tunnels' for the visitors to walk thru. Kind of a unique situation - we're in cages and the animals are free. The owner, originally from Austria, works very hard with the local agencies to make sure that the animals are treated wonderfully, and to try to release (when possible) animals back to the wild. I saw red-faced uakaris, sloths, pygmy marmosets, a low-land tapir, and more. What you'll see is dependent upon what animals are currently at the sanctuary when you visit.

Getting there is easy. You don't need a guide. Take a motor-taxi to the Bellavista Nanay dock area (10 minute ride from the Plaza de Armas). Go to the water and get on one of the small collectivo boats. These are small, thatched covered long boats. When enough people are onboard (5-15 minutes), the driver will get in and take you to the other side of the river. There is a very small town there. Simply walk 15 minutes straight through the town and you'll see the sign for the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm. I'd suggest that you bring a piece of paper with the words 'Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm' on it. If you're every unsure of directions, simply ask one of the townspeople which way to go. But do go, you'll love it !
Written February 25, 2020
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8 contributions
Incredible Rescue Center/ Animal Orphanage
Feb 2020 • Solo
I volunteered at Pilpintuwasi for a month, and it was my favorite experience while I was in the jungle. Having the opportunity to be there, care for the animals, and interact with individuals who sincerely care for the well-being of the animals there was spectacular! There are many animals there (including several species of monkeys, which are my favorite) that were previously in dire situations and given to the owner to care for. The owner never captivates animals on her own accord, but instead accepts caring for animals that are given to her after they are confiscated by the government or environmental police. The hearts of the owner and several people who work there are strongly oriented towards the conservation of nature and hope to educate people about the threats wildlife faces today. I would highly recommend visiting Pilpintuwasi to see all of the amazing animals there, and to learn more about their lives!
Be careful not to go to the other "mariposario" across the street from Pilpintuwasi - just go to the end of the road and turn right! There will be a little pathway next to the river/ through the jungle before you arrive at the entrance. Enjoy! (:
Written February 14, 2020
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Campina, Romania5 contributions
A must see in Iquitos. These people really care about animals.
Feb 2020 • Friends
A must see if you are in Iquitos. This is no petting zoo, but a rescue center for animals big and small. Most of them are either orphaned by humans or severely traumatized by captivity. The amazing people at Pilpituwasi work hard every day to reintroduce these creatures into the wild, or at least to secure a decent life for those who are beyond the point of releasing. The personnel is very dedicated and has a strict minimum interaction policy with the rescued ones. You will be able to see some of the most representative ( and cute :) Amazonian species (marmosets, woolly and spider monkeys, capucins, a jaguar, ocelots, sloths, toucans and parrots, a tapir) and at the same time you will help them have a real future in the jungle. Be sure you’ll drop by and say hi to Gudi, the owner who is a really special person with some very emotional stories to share and a big heart. The butterfly farm is interesting too, and the road by tuctuc and boat to Pilpi is rather easy. You must get to Nanay port and then go by boat cca 15 min to the village of Padre Cocha. Then either take a 5 minutes tuctuc, or walk for 10-15 minutes to your destination. Careful not to end up in the fake center/butterfly farm, just near-by. They don’t have the same good intentions I’m afraid. Just go to the end of the road and make right through the forest path.
Written February 12, 2020
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Iulian P
Hoi An, Vietnam10 contributions
Amazing animals
Feb 2020 • Friends
We decided to visit the butterfly farm and the animals that are beeing cared for there. In order to get there as many said you need to take a moto from the city to Bellavista/Nanay and from there a colectiv boat to Padre Cocha ( we paid 5 soles per person and were the only one in the boat). From Padre Cocha peer you need to walk for about 15 minutes to the farm. The place was really nice, the animals were well cared for and looked happy. We liked the fact that the center is trying to let animals back into the wilderness and do not let visitors touching the animals(even though they were so cute). They try so hard with the funds for food and the things that the animals need and do a great job with low resources. We surely recommend the place and would come back for a visit.
Written February 12, 2020
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Burke P
Iquitos, Peru9 contributions
Authentic Attraction
Feb 2020 • Friends
We have visited bigger and better funded rainforest animal rescue and butterfly farms. But with the proper expectations, this is a delightful way to spend an hour or two. Each animal has a story and is clearly loved and cared for. The setting is rustic, giving authenticity to the visit. And the water taxi ride through Amazon wetlands is an adventure unto itself.
Written February 10, 2020
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palos verdes, ca60 contributions
Sad collection of animals. Misleading photos
Jan 2020
I left this place depressed and sad for the few animals here.The guide that just regurgitates the company line about preventing as much as possible all contact with humans, and that any contact with humans was harmful. This seemed curiously hypocritical -- they had an ocelot in a small enclosure. She paced continuously and scratched at a collar that seemed to bother her. I asked why she had a collar, and the guide said that they used to take her for walks, but lately has been too aggressive --- so much for avoiding human contact!
There was a 3 toed sloth which they named "Tommy", but was obviously a female from her markings. She had a matted dull coat, dull eyes, and cowered in the corner of a cage -- not her "natural habitat". In contrast, I had just been to visit a private home that had rescued a baby sloth that at had been found on the jungle floor 17 yrs ago. He was free to climb throughout the high-ceiling-ed house and was well provided for and loved by the family. There were no cages or enclosures, and during mating season, he would disappear into the jungle for weeks at a time, but always returns to the family that loves him, and he has protection from predators. His coat was shiny and thick, and he looked exceedingly healthy.I cannot believe that the animals at the preserve are better off! I think the preserve needs to rethink their priorities -- that humans can be educated to coexist with animals and that there can be a symbiotic relationship. They should focus on cracking down on poaching and the sale of "jungle meat". Currently jungle meat is sold with impunity at Belen Market.
Capuchin monkeys were again in small enclosures, and seemed bored with the "stimulation" that the guide provided in the form of treats rolled in newspaper tubes.
I hope that the preserve will revamp their enclosures or stop keeping animals at all.
Written February 3, 2020
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First of all, thank you for your interest. We are sorry if the center left you a bad impression. We don't let people interact with the animals for different reason. First, we could give illness to the monkeys, and unfortunately human flue can kill them. Also, if one day we have the authorization to release the animals, which is our purpose, they need to act like their own species we can’t let them think that all humans are nice because unfortunately it’s not true. As you saw in the Belen market, a lot of people hunt them for their meet. When the animals are rescued, most of them are in really bad shape, and their keeper have contact with them. And then to provide their needs also. Other reason it’s that it’s not allows in Peru to let visitors touch the animals in any rescue centers. And also we are responsible of all the animals we have in custody, and if any of them escape we can have fees, and an animal attacking a visitors will be automatically euthanized. It’s really important for us to make understand to our guests, that wild animals aren’t pets, and also the consequences of the animal trade. That’s why we speak a lot about that during our tour. The three fingered sloth that you call “Tommy” it’s Tina, and you’re right it’s a female. Like all the animals here, she’s attended once or twice a week by a veterinarian, she’s really healthy. There is different species of three fingered sloths with different colors of fur, and even in the same species you have variations, that’s probably why she looks like different to the one you saw in the jungle. Speaking of this one, if the stories that the family tells you it’s true, you should know that’s really an exception. Most of the time, sloth you can find in touristic places or private home comes from the animal trade, and most of them don’t live long. Sloths are fragile animals and can die because of stress. When they let visitors touching them all day, they don’t let them sleeps, and they need to sleep between 15 to 20 hours a day. We acting in our level against poaching and the sale of "jungle meat", in our visits trying to sensitize our visitors about that. To finish all the animals we have in the center have biggest enclosures than the recommendations of the WAZA (World Associations of Zoos and Aquariums). But we are agree that any enclosure will be big enough for an animal. Unfortunately, we don’t have any subvention from the authorities and the material is really expensive, that’s why we also let the possibilities to our visitors to let us a donation which use to amplify them, like we recently do for our tapir Chibolo. The capuchins monkey’s enclosure measure 8x6x4m. Every day we provide for them toys as enrichment for them that we made. Most of the guides can’t open the door to gives it to them, so we made some which can feet through the fence for the visit, and bigger we give to their keeper. I Again, we are very sorry that you left with this view, if you have any further questions on the animals, please feel free to message us and we can provide information for all of them.
Written February 7, 2020
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John L
London, UK132 contributions
Grossly overpriced and very disappointing indeed.
Jan 2020 • Friends
Last visited over 10 years ago. Since that time the place has declined dramatically and the prices have risen ridiculously (30 Soles for foreigners/20 Soles for Peruvians). The painted sign over the approach route which hasn’t been touched in years says it all, as do the decorated marker posts along the path which have not grown old gracefully. We arrived in the derelict reception (No bell to ring) and finally someone arrived. Not to welcome us or say any words of introduction but to take the money and perform the familiar unprofessional pantomime for lack of change. We were stuffed into the butterfly cage with the information that one guide was having lunch and the other was engaged on maintenance (couldn’t disagree with the requirement for that, except that the distracting industrial hammering continued throughout our visit and was hardly conducive to the forest ambience). Be aware that there are 3000 species of butterfly in the rainforest; this place has 23 varieties. After half an hour with the blue morphos (Rather more than is needed) our tour commenced. The script was more or less primary school level one. Then we did the caged animals (more than my last visit, except they skipped the ant eater). And that was that. Someone needs to sharpen up and get a grip on this place. However, as always the boat trip to and from Padre Cocha was very agreeable, and of particular interest in view of the new bridge over the Nanay.
Written January 31, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are really sorry that you left the center with this view on our sanctuary. The price may seem high, but we are now working with more than 100 animals and unfortunately, we don't have any subvention from public or private institutions. We use all the money for the animals and to pay the workers. We are sorry if you had to wait that much time. As you said our two guide were occupied when you arrived. Our english guide are volunteers who are here to help us and some times they have to begin to guide only few days after they arrived. Again, we are very sorry that you left with this view, if you have any further questions, please feel free to message us to provide you information.
Written February 10, 2020
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david d
Santa Barbara, CA19 contributions
Trip to the Butterfly Farm
Jan 2020
This is a journey you can do on your own or with a guide. Part of what makes this half day trip interesting is getting to the Bellavista Nanay Port and then finding a collectivo boat to get you to the village of Padre Cocha where you can either moto taxi to the Butterfly farm or walk. We are a couple in our early sixties and felt totally secure and comfortable doing this trip on our own without a guide. We moto taxied to the farm and then walked back stopping for drinks at local village establishments.The market in the Nanay port is also quite exciting. A great 4-5 hour adventure all in all
Written January 17, 2020
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