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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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Awaken your senses to the spectacular sights and sounds of the jungle on this exhilarating excursion from Iquitos. Enjoy a smooth and stress-free transfer from Iquitos International Airport, then venture deep into the dense rain forest to the rustic Sinchicuy Lodge. Immerse yourself in the jungle on exciting hikes; emerge early to appreciate the fluttering fascination of exotic birds; and interact with the indigenous locals of a small, riverside community to gain insight into ancient cultures.
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christineflanagan278 wrote a review May 2020
Rakaia, New Zealand60 contributions6 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: March 2020
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joearena wrote a review Feb 2020
Rochester, NY313 contributions32 helpful votes
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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 !
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Maisie wrote a review Feb 2020
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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! (:
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Date of experience: February 2020
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gabiserg2000 wrote a review Feb 2020
Campina, Romania5 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Iulian P wrote a review Feb 2020
Hoi An, Vietnam10 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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