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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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Padre Cocha. GPS coordinates: -3.691840, -73.14570 | The true centre offers homes to a number of rescued animals in addition to the butterfly house., Iquitos 16000, Peru
+51 965 932 999
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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
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Padre Cocha. GPS coordinates: -3.691840, -73.14570 | The true centre offers homes to a number of rescued animals in addition to the butterfly house., Iquitos 16000, Peru
+51 965 932 999
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s important to understand that this place is not a zoo - it is a butterfly farm and wildlife rescue centre. Friendly staff run guided tours of the centre in English/Spanish. The butterfly farm is very interesting, numbers and species visible depend on the time...More

Thank Wathog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is worth a visit. Staff is very friendly. Animals are nice. Very beautiful butterflies - what was the first project of the owner.

Thank MikkiH_Northernlight
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly very few butterflies, but the caterpillars and pupae were really interesting. They have lots of monkeys, macaws, a jaguar, and a tapir and more. It's a shame they were all in cages but I guess they need to be. Also surprised that we were...More

Thank mcladley
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was much more than a butterfly farm, many mammal and bird species. the guide was very informative. A bit hard to find from the river, but you walk through a beautiful small town to reach the site (or take a motocart).

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Need to be a bit careful as there is another 'butterfly farm' just before the official one, which we almost went into, and which seems to have only butterflies.

Thank ia_trujillo
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Pilpintuwasi is a fantastic animal sanctuary and their butterfly farm is super interesting. It's excellent value for money (20 soles for adult entry) and you get a guided tour as part of the visit. I'd like to thank our guide Max again, who was working...More

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I could have stayed for hours, watching and photographing the different butterflies in the butterfly garden/cage, but unfortunately, our boat taxi driver required that we left after an hour and a half. The area is technically a cage/closed off with fences and a fenced roof,...More

Thank Heidi R
gudrun s, Propietario at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Dear Heidi,thank you very much for your kind comment! I am happy you enjoyed the visit and moreover that you understood our work and the reasons why we keep our visitors "incaged".We nee more tourists like you in thenAmazon! All the best,sincerely Gudrun

Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We went here yesterday as part of a tour with Amazon Explorers. The volunteer guide we had was super knowledgable and helpful and seemed to really care about the animals. We talked a lot about conservation and how desperate they are for more funds to...More

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We were very happy our guide brought us to Pilpintuwasi as we had visited a couple of other animal refugees that kept the animals in sad conditions. At Pilpintuwasi, the rescued animals were much better cared for and loved by the owner and her staff....More

Thank laurelking
Reviewed 26 July 2017

There are a couple of butterfly farms and Pilpintuwasi combines butterflies with an animal rescue centre. There are numerous monkeys and other abused animals that have been rescued from home and local markets and the centre gives them a home and proper care. It's a...More

Thank michaelfitzg
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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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