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“Authentic Amazon Adventure”
Review of Tapiche Reserve

Tapiche Reserve
Ranked #8 of 52 things to do in Iquitos
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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!
Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was lucky enough to spend a few days at Tapiche in July 2014. This was my fourth time in the Amazon, and probably my 30th trip to a tropical rainforest worldwide, and I rate Tapiche very highly. Its a real treat to be able to visit a place where the wildlife is still so intact (we saw some very cool and hard to see animals), and where you don't have to share the trails and the river with other people. There are large troops of several monkey species here that you will encounter daily. I've never encountered so many river dolphins (they are everywhere). Add to this sloths, wild pigs, the chances for shyer animals like Tapirs and Jaguar, as well as myriads of birds, bugs and frogs and its a wildlife lovers dream. This is the real rainforest experience, and one that is increasingly hard to find. So I am already thinking about my return. Perhaps more importantly than all that though is that staying here is an opportunity to contribute to something that is making a tangible difference for conservation. Before the lodge this area was full of poachers: by staying here you are contributing to the welfare of the local community and, therefore, to conserving wildlife. See here for a full report http://mammalwatching.com/Neotropical/neotropicperu.html

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Reviewed July 18, 2014

I'm trekking guide in cusco city, which is different area than the jungle where we have part of the Andes , and from my point of view as a guide the trip in the Tapiche Reserve blow off my mind in terms of how is still possible to find very quite and untouched places where the wild life just can walk around you and have a lot of chances to see different plants and animals it's really interesting to come and see all of this, in their natural habitat.
The organization was amazing!!! From the start until the end the boat rides, accommodation, food and our staff were just the best.
The different activities like the walks in the jungle,spotting different spices of flora and fauna the boat rides spotting ping dolphin and gray dolphin aligathers and piraña fishing it was just amazing!!!
We had full days of an amazing nature contact!!!

There is no enough to say about our guide k2!! who was the responsible of my experience, his attitude and passion for nature is unique!! And he always make sure that every people are having a wonderful time and for all of that, thank you K2!!!! You are doing a great job taking care of the amazon.
"We don't kill animals we save them" good words k2.

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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2015

Thank you Roger, Im very happy and honor to show our humble place, Great to know you enjoy it and i wish more Peruviasn like you chose to see the wild life in the wild. Thank you for the sensitive and excelent review and the support to the Tapiche Reserve.

katoo

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Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

Many other "jungle tours" are from the outer edges of the jungle looking in, Reserva Tapiche is from the inside looking out. This gives the opportunity to see animals and natural beauty that other tours cannot offer. The team are super friendly and have excellent knowledge of the jungle. If you like a real adventure this is the place for you. Thanks to Katoo and Deborah.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Our group of 7 visited the Reserve over Easter weekend and had a great time. The staff was very accommodating in arranging our visit even as our group number kept changing. There were some miscommunications while in Iquitos, but they were quickly worked out and seemed to be related to temporary changes within Greentrack rather than an inherent problem. While at the Reserve we saw 7 species of primates, a sloth, a caiman, pink dolphins, and an amazing heron breeding site among other things. The scenery is amazing- incredibly different within the Reserve than in unprotected areas.

The sleeping area at the Reserve was clean and mosquito free. However, like the other reviewers said, the emphasis here is seeing wildlife not comfort- 3 members of our group had a very rainy ride between Requena and the Reserve in an uncovered boat.

We also stayed at the connected Greentrack Hostel in Iquitos before departing which was clean and had a very nice common space.

I would highly recommend visiting the Reserve to others, especially those on a budget. It felt like a lower-impact way to see an ecosystem that is frequently exploited in the name of tourism. All the best to Katoo in his mission to protect such an amazing place.

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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2015

Thank you for the positive review. the Tapiche Reserve is thankful from your visit.

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

i did this jungle tour in november and was absolutely blown away by this unique experience. for me it was not only adventure but one of the most enlightening and beautiful experiences i've had on my journey. going on the boat towards the reserve felt like being on the way to freedom.. disconnecting from all the things we don't need and at the same time (re)connecting to nature making our body, mind and soul healthy and fulfilled and letting them flourish!

the reserve is so far away from any civilisation that i could see the untouched, pure jungle without any human disturbance or destruction. katoo's incredible knowledge about all animals, plants and survival tricks made this adventure so enriching and unique. he's so passionate about what he does and gives his best to make it an unforgettable and unique experience for every individual visitor according to his/her wishes, passions and abilities.

not only can i recommend this tour because of the absolute beauty of this part of the jungle, all the animals, the plants, the trees, the information and unique service but also because you contribute at the same time to protect this part of the jungle, its animals, plants and biodiversity from destruction!

i feel this adventure has the potential to (re)awaken our original human instincts and connection to nature, to enlighten us when we come with an open heart and open eyes and to bring peace to our heart because it makes us understand that nature has it all perfectly designed!

i'm very grateful for this experience, thank you, malou

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Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2014

Thank you so much for the great review , and for chosing to see the wild life untouched, I remember you specificaly asked that you didnt want to see wild animals in domentic conditions.
I wish more people were like you, and there were no animals held for photos.
The beauti lays on the eyes of the viewer, the enlightening in the Nature lover's hearth.
Thank you.

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