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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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| Padre Cocha, Iquitos, Peru
+51 65 232665
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Pilpintuwasi is one of the best known establishments in the area and not at all overrated. It’s the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kdawg72
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Very few butterflies

We were not impressed with this place. Very few butterflies. More dead than alive. We were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Furnm
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Please visit us in Padre Cocha! See our website for more info. Please know that a previous employee of the refuge has also set up a butterfly house and is offering boat-drivers commission to take visitors to this alternative centre rather than the original 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 centre 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 organisation 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.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Pilpintuwasi is one of the best known establishments in the area and not at all overrated. It’s the best place to see animals and learn about them- namely it is BY FAR the most ethical of all the animal rescue options in the area. Go,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were not impressed with this place. Very few butterflies. More dead than alive. We were thinking that we would see thousands .. but only saw about 20 . And of those 20 , there were only about 3 or 4 different kind.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Pilpintuwasi is an amazing animal sanctuary and butterfly farm caring and giving homes to animals rescued from the illegal pet trade and black markets. It’s based in Padre Cocha which is a small boat journey away across the Nanay river (you can get a local...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had heard a lot about Pilpintuwasi and wasn't sure whether or not it's just be like other centres that claim they're rescue centres when they certainly aren't. But this place is something else! We were very lucky and got to have a tour with...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All volunteer staff. Very interesting walk (wear boots, it’s muddy). Had a monkey try to follow us home! Beautiful butterflies.

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gudrun s, Owner at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review! We are very glad that you enjoyed your time here at Pilpintuwasi!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Disastrous, they say is a rescue center, and it looks more like a zoo, the Tapir; in a smelly, unhealthy area for the animal or visitors. a new born sloth with it mother that could be in the wild, a jaguar that can survive by...More

Thank Jonathan S
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gudrun s, Owner at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are really sorry that you left the centre with this view on our sanctuary. It’s possible that you were given a tour with one of our new volunteers who did not place the emphasis...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fortunate to have Gudruy, the owner as a guide. I have seen other reviews commenting on not releasing certain animals. This is a beautiful butterfly farm but also Gudruy has accepted some amazing animals that cannot be released into the wild successfully. I...More

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gudrun s, Owner at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We are so glad that you can see and appreciate the work that we do for these amazing animals here at Pilpintuwasi- we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit here!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were 3friends visiting the Mariposario. The Austrian lady was giving us an very interesting tour and you could feel her connection with the butterfly and the other wild animals. The animals are treated with love there and it is kind of sad to hear...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Unlike some reviewers, we thought, as did all our party of 18, that this was a wonderful exposure to the wounded and rescued animals in cages and pens. The monkeys have to be kept out becuse they destroy the butterfly larvae! The woman who runs...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This is the Mariposario which is run by an autralian lady. Even though she is doing a great job in rescuing animals, they need to improve the place. The area where we walked is like a big cage. To protect fro the monkeys that are...More

Thank Dereck W
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ishtaar10
22 November 2016|
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Response from gudrun s | Property representative |
You nicht be able if you start very early.The waterlevel is very low and you cannot get directly by boat to monkey island nor Pilpintuwasi. You'd have to take a speedboat to monkey island.
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