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“The best thing in the amazon!”

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
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Full-Day Iquitos City Tour
Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Iquitos
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Please visit us in Iquitos! See our website for more info For Our Visitors: Please know that a previous employee of the refuge has recently set up a new butterfly house and is offering boat-drivers commission to take visitors to this alternative centre rather than the real 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 center 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 organization 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
El Calafate, Argentina
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“The best thing in the amazon!”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Our visit to Pilpintuwasi was incredible. We were welcomes by one of the rarest monkeys in the amazon, all of which live freely in the sanctuary. They are used to humans but still you can see that they are wild and have their instincts. We were guided around and taught all about the butterflies and saw every stage of their lifecycle, very informative and a great learning experience. The next part of the tour was to the animals which the owner has rescued from various cruel fates. The guide told us all about each species and their problems in the amazon, hence we were able to learn about the conservation of each species. The animals were beautiful and there are many to see including many monkey species, 2 cat species, various birds, aquatic life and sloths. This place is doing everything that the others arent, it actually rescues the animals unlike monay other so called sanctuaries in iquitos, it does not display them for humans, rather they live how they need and you get to see them in as natural environment as possible, unlike others who will hang a sloth around your neck in the day (they are noctornal)! A great sanctuary and informative experience about the conservation of the amazon! And to Bozena- yes it is small but what would you like more animals to be in trouble so they can be exhibited to you, it is not a zoo!

Visited March 2013
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Monkstown, Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

The Butterfly Farm was recommended by everybody. With high expectations we experienced a trip with a volunteer - guide, who was bored and not really into topic. The idea is great and so on, but going with a good guide to the jungle will give you more real experience. I would recommend it to a family, but not a eager adventures adults. Small and far too small.

Visited June 2012
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Fairfield, Iowa, United States
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6 reviews
“a lovely half day excursion”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had expected to see butterflies but didn't know our about all the rescue animals until we got there. Very inspiring The owner gave us our guided tour. The animals are all very healthy and adore here.

The tour will last about 60-90 minutes.
A boat ride from Bella Vista - Nanay port ito the garden s about 25 minutes in March when the rivers are high. And the boat will take you to within a 5 min walk from the garden. When the rivers are lower, you will have to walk farther to get to the garden,

Visited March 2013
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Regina, Canada
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23 reviews
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“Definitely a must visit, wonderful experience”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

My expectations were completely exceeded and then some! The animals are beautiful and tame, some so rare I hadn't seen any before (coming from a long list of previously visited). The Austrian owner gave us a tour in English. You could really feel the love she has for the animals. I learned many interesting facts about the animals as well how to sustain a healthy wild life in peru. By not buying or eating certain animal products, never ever buy an animal to 'rescue it', you are only giving the poacher reason to kill another. A highlight was the butterfly nursery. I never knew exactly the course of the beautiful butterfly's life and it was great learning all the things that public school left out. The bathrooms here were clean, our guide was a delight to listen to, the animals are fascinating, the butterfly's beautiful, don't miss this place!

Visited February 2013
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A real rescue centre”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

a must see and a real rescue centre, probably the only genuine one in the area - the owner is a bit excentric but her heart is in the right place ... lots of wonderful butterflies and rescued animals (mostly confiscated by the police), a place where to learn what's really going on with wildlife in the peruvian amazon and a chance to support a worthwhile project!

Visited January 2013
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