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“Well worth a visit”

Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi
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$105.00*
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Private Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac Ruins
Ranked #16 of 172 things to do in Cusco
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The sanctuary are doing great things for the animals and it is worth taking time out to stop to visit whether you are heading to Pisac or Cusco. The kids loved it as did the grown-ups. A nice variety of animals to view. Payment is by donation and the guides tell you in full detail how long the animals had been there and how they were discovered.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

Our tour guide stopped with us here last minute. We loved the chance to view so many animals up close. (This is a rescue animal place if you weren't aware.) We saw condors, macaws, pumas, a stork, vicuña, llama, alpacas, turtles, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something! A young man walked us thru the whole area explaining every animal too. It's definitely worth your time to look this place up.

Thank Kristy B
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

It's a wonderful little place to visit. Not really signposted and a bit out of the way so a taxi is probably the best way to get there unless you are on a tour that stops there. Entry is free, donations and/or buying from the gift shop is encouraged. Volunteer show you around and tell you the stories of how the animals got rescued, what they do at the sanctuary to help rehabilitate, their breeding programs and why some of them can no longer be released into the wild. There's a big collection of native animals - puma, Andean deer (which you can feed), macaws from 3 countries, alpaca, llama, vicuna, tortoise, a baby toucan and of course, the 3 majestic condors. There's also a pet hairless Peruvian dog. We learnt a lot of interesting facts about the types of animals as well as the individuals. As others have mentioned, you get to go into the condor cage and see them fly over your head, as well as get up close and person to have a good look at them. Absolutely amazing experience!

2  Thank ninoknus
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I would have missed this as a tour because the tour was being sold on the Street. I was amazed to find out and in fact did stand right next to two condors with their wings spread open. The place is safe and a very nice drive over the mountains overlooking Cusco. The dive took about a half hour at 35 mph. There are also Pumas, llamas, al pacas, etc. Even though caged, this is up close and the animals seem well cared for. The cost was only 20 soles for everything. This appears to be non-profit and they do accept donations but they do not ask for them or push anything on you. I highly recommend if you want to see condors up close and personal.

2  Thank jcanberra
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

I read about this on WikiTravel which I will always consult from now on as well as Lonely Planet which did not include. This fine family does not charge you to observe at close range pumas, tortoises, vicunas, jungle cats and the mighty Andean condors. Clean surroundings and where else would you EVER see a flying condor at 20 feet? Donations accepted. Be charitable when buying from the excellent store there and-or leaving a healthy donation to this altruistic family.

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