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Tapiche Reserve

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Address: Ricardo Palma 516, Iquitos, Peru
Phone Number: +51 65 600805
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THE #1 place to see wildlife in its natural habitat.

BEWARE: we have...

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!

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Great Jungle visit with great guide

I love it there. Nothing artificial, pure jungle, lovely jungle with free living animals, romantic view on river. It is done for the animals and not against it. Katoo was perfect... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Poprad, Slovakia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love it there. Nothing artificial, pure jungle, lovely jungle with free living animals, romantic view on river. It is done for the animals and not against it. Katoo was perfect guide. I relaxed totally, no civilization , great sounds of jungle during the day and night. It is really a way how to come back to the nature. I... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 4 incredible days at the Tapiche Reserve. Starting with the trip from Iquitos to the Reserve you’ll soon realize that you're going to have a memorable experience. The trip up the river involves a total of about 10 hours riding in a motor-taxi, a bus, a water taxi, and finally an open boat. Along the way you’ll see... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I searched a lot to find a jungle reserve in Peru and finally choose Tapiche Reserve based on all the great reviews I read. I'm glad I did. It was an incredible experience. I went with my teenage son and was accompanied to the jungle by Ana - a biologist who works at the reserve. She was very knowledgable and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

We chose Tapiche because we were looking for at place to explore the jungle without too much tourism - and that's exactly what we found at Tapiche. During our four days at the lodge, we went out by boat and by foot, and each trip brought new amazing experiences. Wildlife spotting was not really a major motivation for us, but... More 

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and support! A trip to the reserve is a truly immersive experience simply because of the remote location, and we are proud of our non-touristy operation. We do want you to feel part of the jungle family. The journey itself is an important part of helping our visitors understand jungle life, including the everyday circumstances... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

I went here to see the distinctive Bald Uakari Monkey, which I found after three days of searching (it's easier in the wet season). The forest was spectacular, and the management works very hard to combat poaching. They do not offer any of the artificial wildlife encounters found at many other lodges, which are unenjoyable and bad for the wildlife.... More 

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your support and for leaving us a review. We're happy your mammalwatching adventure was successful. There is a unique beauty and pleasure in witnessing wild animals living in their natural environment. The Uakari are truly mesmerizing to watch, and we are proud to report that their numbers on our reserve appear to be growing. We have noted... More 

Nijkerkerveen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

I highly recommend anyone who wants to go to the Amazone to go to tapiche reserve, where you can enjoy fantastic nature, quietness and honest sustainable tourism. We were at Tapiche reserve last March and it was one of the highlights of our trip in Peru! Since there are no prices on the website I contacted them via email. The... More 

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your support and for your detailed review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the journey from the city to the lodge, because we consider this an important part of the experience. What you describe of observing the change in the forest as you move away from civilization is crucial in helping visitors understand the difference... More 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

If you are looking for a REAL adventure this is the place! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Tapiche Reserve. If you are looking for an adventure this reserve has it all. Wild animals, bird watching, great fishing and knowledgeable staff.. To get there by boat from Iquitos, it took about 7 hours, with a lunch stop in Requena, stretch... More 

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your support and your review. We're happy you enjoyed your trip and got to meet so many residents of the reserve. A lot of people say they love animals, and yet they show their "love" by domesticating, dominating or controlling the animal, which is not part of any truly healthy relationship. We believe that the best... More 

Gosford, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

This was a long 8 hour bus, ferry, small boat trip from Iquitos. But it was so worth it. We wwent in dry season (Oct 2015) and still saw so much (and it still rained). True conservationism. You won't have guides climbing trees to chase down a sloth for you to hold; how stressful for the animals. You wake in... More 

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for supporting our project. We're happy to hear that you felt the travel time was worth it. Our remote location does require longer travel time compared to all the other lodges close to Iquitos, but the distance is exactly the reason why guests are able to see so many wild animals roaming freely in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

We saw some incredible wildlife on this trip - it's perfect for adventurers who want to go somewhere really remote & who prioritise nature over comfort. It takes a full day to get there (2 hours in a bus, 3 hours on a ferry then 3 hours on Katoo's speed boat). Katoo is an exceptionally knowledgable guide. In addition he... More 

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your comments and for supporting our project of conservation. We are the most remote jungle lodge from Iquitos, which is the reason why our guests can experience increasingly rare primary rainforest in a truly remote location. Our main focus is indeed on showing our guests the forest and the animals, and we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

I never write reviews, but this time I have to. But first I will to mention it's not worth going to this place if you can not handle mosquitos, bugs, spiders, ants (etc.), a bit of sweating, mud or adventour. And when your not able to be quite for a view hours, or expect to see animals on demand. That... More 

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this review

You are welcome back at any time! We are honored to be your first review. We are always happy to have visitors who agree with our view of how jungle animals should be respected, which is that we protect their habitat and allow them to roam free and undisturbed. Sadly, most attractions in Iquitos are based on the thinking that... More 

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