Yana Cocha
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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CumbrianAbroad
Shanghai, China270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I worked as a volunteer for a week at Yana Cocha and saw in raw detil what is involved in animal conservation in the Amazon. I fed, cleaned out and handled the animals (where safe) and experienced the sadness of losing animals to sickness and the effect of human barbarity towards them. I also experienced the elation of releasing a three toed sloth back into the jungle. You can visit for a few hours and see the animals which is in itself a wonderous thing but actually working with them is priceless.
Written 1 January 2023
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coboston
Boston607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A second change for every animals brought here and cared for with so much personalized love. I was one of their more unusual volunteer, older at 59 but the joy and pleasure every thing I did during my recent 4 weeks stay were much more than anything I have read or could imaging. Raul the owner truly cares for every single animals here. They never turn away any animals brought in to be cared for, every animal has a name, personalized care etc. Volunteers the lifeline to these animals from all over the world, mostly younger worked tirelessly including myself with our purest and best intentions. I never imagined I could actually spent all my time there caring and getting to know every animals there. I know some volunteers expected better services but please understand, you are here to help these amazing and innocent animals that we human have caused so much harm and pain. A private run reserve has no money from other sources but from the volunteers and definitely cannot provide expensive comfort for us the volunteers. Of course it would be great to have more modern comfort but remember why you are here. Be gracious, open your hearts and minds and the experience will be one of your best in this life time. We were allowed to train animals of our choice and one cannot imagine what an amazing experience to be able to give these rescued animals love, care and trust, do continue to support Yanacocha to enable Raul and his family to take care and provide a safe place for the animals. Come volunteer, its amazing.
Written 26 November 2022
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Ariane L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
Yana Cocha is an amazing animal sanctuary. Each of the animals is loved and cared for. I volunteered there for 2 weeks and I learned so much. Raul treats the refuge like home and all of the volunteers, staff, and animals like family. If you want to make a difference in the lives of these injured and orphaned animals, see beautiful Ecuador, and have your life changed, you should absolutely either visit or volunteer!
Written 25 October 2021
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Janet O
France323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is really well worth a visit. Set within lovely grounds, with many trees, shrubs etc. Good footpaths and interesting areas with streams, pools etc. Very interesting to see the abundance of wildlife in seemingly natural surroundings was a delight to see. Good to be able to identify the different animals, birds and reptiles up close. Very well kept areas.
Written 15 February 2020
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Lotte_de_V
Rotterdam, The Netherlands38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The foundation itself is doing great work, rescueing animals from all kinds of bad situations. So that's great and we totally support that. However, when you visit them, it's basically a zoo. We didn't get any information on the background of the foundation or the animals at all from the girl who showed us around. It was literally a walk by all the cages and that was it.
Written 28 May 2019
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Gordonbw
Toronto, Canada25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
If you want an easy introduction to Amazon flora and fauna without the rigors of a jungle boat trip, Yana Cocha is a great choice. The park is a beautifully planted 8 hectares with natural streams and pools, groomed paths and rescue animals in spacious screened cages with lots of natural vegetation. The ocelots and margays surprised us with their vocalizations — they seemed to relish the human contact and “purred” at us like house cats. Many species of birds and monkeys on display, along with caimans, nutria, sloths and other Amazon animals. Spectacular flowers at every step.
Written 4 March 2019
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Mona T
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
Amazing and rare animals and a place doing great work to rehab and return wildlife to the jungle. If you can go to the release site Tamandua for an incredible jungle lodge experience.
Written 15 January 2019
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the1whocares
Prague, Czech Republic105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
Spent an hour or here in 4 of us and loved it. Well spent time, nice park. They even have a cayman and the monkeys are cool. The green birds are talking or greeting you, try it out by the entrance, cute they are. Recommend for a little escape from your hotel and see some different animals. Its short, easy, cheap but fun. Enjoy.
Written 28 September 2018
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Kahanni
Berlin, Germany233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Yana Cocha is a wonderful place in Puyo to see many wild animals. It is very trim and the animals have a lot of space there. The place is very quiet and we could relax totally there.
Written 14 August 2018
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camillar123
Oslo, Norway7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
I spent 3 weeks here volunteering with the incredibly skilled workers that run this rescue center. They have so much knowledge, know how to treat the animals, decrease contact with humans, keep their stress level down and make sure they are treated medically if needed. Every animal has different diets suited for them and the goal is always to make them ready and able to get back into the wild. The diets depends on the state that the animals are in and are customized when getting closer to releasing, which happens when they are fully ready and have a good chance of survival. In addition to the animals, the nature and plants are a big part of it all. Paths are made, so that the plant wont get stepped on and its a high priority aswell as the animals. Next time i get to go back to latin america this is the first place i want to go. Meet all the great workers and help out in this well organized center.
Thank you for having me and giving me the best experience of my life, aswell as being the beginning and highlight of my 6 month long trip!
Written 11 April 2018
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