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“One of my peru highlights”

Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi
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Private Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac Ruins
Ranked #17 of 173 things to do in Cusco
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

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.

6  Thank Adam C
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

OK, there were lots of cool animals. And they were well cared for. I just had a problem w/ the idea of whether this was how we, or al least American's, would view a "sanctuary". It had a very zoo-like feel. Can't believe the Pumas or Condors would not have been better served in the wild.

4  Thank Kenneth W
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Whever I travel, I try to support local animal charities, shelters, or humane organizations who care for animals. When in Peru, I looked for such a group prior to traveling and found this sole review for the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary. I visited the sanctuary in May 2012 and was very impressed with the facility, the experienced guides and the up-close-and-personal experiences with unqie animals offered at this facility. It is approximately 45 minutes from Cuzco and admission is free - the center survives off visitor donations and certainly I was happy to give them one for the important work they do for animals in the region - rescuing them when injured or when traded illegally in the black market. We say many animals - including pumas and bobcats - but the flight of the magnificent condors was perhaps the highlight of the visit - these exquisite birds (wing span of up to 11 feet) flying so close that the force of their wings moves your hair. It was nothing short of spectacular. The guides are friendly and informed and seemed prepared to speak with travellers from many nationalities speaking many languages. I encourage any animal-lovers to visit the Sanctuary - help the animals by donating to this worthy cause - and bring back some souvenirs for your loved ones that go a long way to supporting the wildlife in Peru.

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Our guide asked if we wanted to visit a "zoo" on the way to Pisac. I was not so interested but she said it had condors and you could see the animals close up. So, we decided to stop not expecting much. We were quite glad we did. We were able to go inside the condor aviary and actually touch them. We saw several other animals as well that have been rescued from injury or bad situations. Some are in cages and others in an open area. There are llamas, hairless dog, tortoise, parrots and birds, coati, etc. They educate on why we should not buy souvenirs that use condor feathers and other important ways to help the animals and birds in Peru. They exist on donations from visitors to this place. It is definitely worth the 45 minutes it would take to visit here.

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