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“Worthwhile Week at Tapiche Ohara Reserve”
Review of Tapiche Reserve

Tapiche Reserve
Ranked #6 of 46 things to do in Iquitos
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: THE #1 place to see wildlife in its natural habitat. BEWARE: we have recently learned of local scammers selling cheap rip-off tours using our name. We are the only company that operates in our private property. Book directly through our website linked here on TA or at our office in Iquitos inside the Green Track Hostel. NEVER trust the street guides and vendors in Iquitos, for your own safety and well-being! When you sign up to go to the jungle with us, you're not just going to experience one of the purest, most pristine primary rainforests on earth. It's not just about witnessing wild animals of the air, land and water in their natural habitats, undisturbed, like you've probably never seen before. Those things are a given. But you should also know that when you visit, you are helping us protect this precious place. We can't do it without you. The Reserve is located in primary rainforest, and it is our mission to coexist with the jungle environment without disturbing its natural processes. We have ongoing efforts to save a species of river turtle known locally as taricaya (Podocnemis unifilis), which can live to 60 years of age and plays a crucial part in the region's ecosystem. We have also been monitoring our populations of red uakari monkey (Cacajao calvus), which is nearly extinct in Peru due to hunting and the destruction of its habitat. By choosing to visit the jungle with us, you are directly helping us maintain and protect these projects, the Reserve and the local people. Your presence on the trails and in the creeks shows local hunters and loggers that we are watching and patrolling the property. Your financial contribution pays for lodge and boat maintenance and the local people's salaries. Quite frankly, the area's (and Peru's, for that matter) conservation laws are few and weak. Those that do exist are not enforced, making them equal to non-existent. To add insult to injury, the government continues to support business interests over the environment, effectively turning the rainforest into a giant lumber yard/oil well. We don't get support from any other organization, government nor private, local nor international. You absolutely make a difference. We'd like to highlight two main areas of concern with regards to conservation in our area: the illegal animal trade and the illegal logging trade. Both are booming business sectors that have been deeply entrenched in the local psyche and economy for years. Yet, like all businesses, they are driven by demand. And who is doing the demanding? Tourists, clients, customers, buyers...basically you. You can help change the landscape of the market simply by making conscious decisions about what you spend you spend your money on, regardless of whether you're buying experiences, food, souvenirs or furniture. Get ready for a life-changing experience at the Tapiche Reserve!
Ayacucho, Peru
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Worthwhile Week at Tapiche Ohara Reserve”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Spent Monday through Thursday in travel to and at the reserve. Our trip began with a trip on the local barge arranged by the reserve. It was an incredibly interesting way to see the jungle from a barge on the amazon, meeting the locals and watching the sunset from a hammock swinging in the breeze. The reserve itself is farther still by private boat, deep in the jungle where there is endless wildlife to be seen (and even touched!) on the trails the reserve has made. Other activities included fishing, caiman catch and release, frog catching, and more! We really enjoyed our time there and returned with so many great stories and memories!

Visited August 2012
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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing jungle lodge!”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

My girlfriend and I planned to spend a week in Iquitos, Peru, but thank goodness we ended up spending most of our time at the Tapiche Ohara Reserve instead! It was one of those experiences I will never forget and am so grateful I had. I’ve never been so immersed in something so foreign and natural at the same time.

When deciding what travel-agency to go with, you should consider a few things. How much bang will you get for your buck? Are the guides knowledgeable and trustworthy? What wildlife do you want to see, and how far are you willing to go to see it? Does the company respect the jungle?

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- Friendly and incredibly competent guides! Our main guide spoke English fluently (along with 4 other languages) so we had no qualms about getting around. Plus we were able to ask questions about what we were seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting (!). But, if you want to practice your Spanish, the guides are happy to help. I also always felt very safe with these guides (we heard from multiple sources that safety can be a problem with other jungle-tour businesses and in Iquitos in general).

- The lodge’s remote location means more wildlife. Katoo told us that to see lots of monkeys and other animals you have to get really far away from Iquitos. He was certainly right – we saw tons of wildlife!! We didn’t personally go to another lodge close to Iquitos to compare the amount of wildlife, but we did run into a guide from another lodge at the Iquitos zoo before we left. He told us that he had had multiple groups out on treks near Iquitos over the past week and had seen only a couple monkeys … he wished us luck, saying that lots of times his groups will walk all day and not see anything! That couldn’t have been further from our experience with Katoo! We saw 5 species of monkeys (probably 35+ individual animals), a tarantula, 10 species of frogs, many, many different butterflies and other insects, and I can’t even remember how many species of birds, but it was A LOT! We caught several kinds of fish, including piranhas (!) and other species that we ate for dinner, and we were given the opportunity to try local fruits (and learned about the trees they came from and which monkeys ate them). Of course you should keep in mind that the flipside of a remote location is longer travel time, so you really need to plan to be in Iquitos long enough for a 4 or preferably 5+ day stay in the lodge.

- Sustainable practices! We actually got to help rescue turtle eggs from poachers and make sure they were kept safe until hatching. What a great experience actually getting involved! Katoo knows so much about logging and poaching operations in the area (part of the point of his buying the land was to preserve it from these threats) – so we also learned a lot, like how IKEA and other composite-based furniture often comes from these beautiful trees that people cut down and the float down the river to sell (we don’t shop at IKEA anymore). This is the kind of organization worth supporting with your business.

- Comfortable, but not gaudy rooms. They all included mosquito nets and either beds or hammocks. We got to stay in a room that was at once very accommodating (e.g., bed and private bathroom), yet didn’t make us feel like we were being overly pampered and missing the true jungle experience. Katoo and his other guides built the whole lodge themselves from fallen wood at the site. Very eco-friendly, and extremely impressive!

Visited July 2012
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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
B & B, Thank you for the review, I must say, you 2 were amazing interested in nature , and it is much easier and fun to guide and show the nature when you have such enthusiastic people like you two. I still use some of your pictures you left and the turtles eggs that you collected are already beautifull babys Yellow spoted water turtle (taricaya) we released more than 800 this year. <Thank you.
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minneapolis
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“Truly authentic deep jungle experience”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

There is a lot to choose from in Iquitos in terms of day trips into the jungle or local overnight retreats within a few hours of the city. These attractions are nice, but don't offer a truly authentic experience in primary rain forest. Tapiche Ohara Reserve, however, is deep inside the Amazon. It takes a whole day just to get there. As you get further and further away from the city (going up river from Iquitos) the landscape changes into dense jungle whereupon you arrive at a remote oasis after dark. The Reserve is a private conservation area, protected from poaching, where taricaya (water turtles) are hatched seasonally. The village operates under sustainable principles and employs local villagers as guides. Visiting Tapiche Ohara Reserve is worth the long journey - an unforgettable experience off the beaten path.

Visited July 2011
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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Thank you for the amazing review, yes , it does helps that we are deep inside of the amazon and far from the great populated centers. Thank you for depositing your trust and let us show you the wunders of the Tapiche Reserve.
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