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“Ocelot to do in Pilpintuwasi!”

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
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Full-Day Iquitos City Tour
Ranked #1 of 48 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
Cusco, Peru
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“Ocelot to do in Pilpintuwasi!”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Goodryn is a very passionate and knowledgable woman who has really put her heart and soul into the butterfly farm and rescuing wildlife from the black market and pet trade. I'd really recommend a visit to not only support this great cause, but also to meet the funny characters she looks after, like the monkeys, coati and ocelot. We got some amazing close up photos too that came out great! Her guided tour of the butterfly farm was very informative. Highly recommended! And people please don't buy any jewellery made from animals (feathers, skin, teeth) because this will continue to fuel the capture and slaughter of Amazonian creatures!!!

Visited May 2013
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“One of the best places I visited in all of South America”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

My visit to Pilpintuwasi was awesome. When I first arrived I was able to see free roaming red uakari monkeys climbing through the trees and some even came pretty close to us as they played with one another. Once the tour began, a guide took us through the butterfly farm and a hatchery where the eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises are kept. The guide was very informative and I learned much more about the butterflies than I expected to.
Next, we were able to see many of the animals that have been rescued by this sanctuary. The guide gave us good background information about each species and how each particular animal came to live at this orphanage. I didn't realize how terrible it is when tourists buy animals from Belen market to try to rescue them! The guide really emphasized how this only ends up hurting more animals.

If you're a butterfly and animal lover I highly recommend checking out Pilpintuwasi. There are anacondas, sloths, many kinds of monkeys, an ocelot, a jaguar, and more. You can tell all of the animals are well cared for here and truly loved.

Natalia M

Visited March 2013
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Eureka, North Carolina
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3 reviews
“So informative”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Our guide was great, especially since it was past their official closing time. We learned so much, and saw even more. I wouldn't call it the best thing in the Amazon (I was on a riverboat cruise for 7 days), but it showed me things close-up that I didn't see from that same perspective while on our small ship or from the skiff later that week. So go and enjoy!

Visited March 2013
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El Calafate, Argentina
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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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