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Tapiche Reserve

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Ricardo Palma 516, Iquitos 16000, Peru
+51 65 600805
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Amazing trip

We loved our stay at tapiche reservation! Anna and Bela were our guides and both of them did a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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An Uncommon Experience Among Uncommon Experiences -- Magical and Bucket-list Worthy!

As the world's rain forests have been pillaged and plundered to meet humanity's insatiable... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
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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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Ricardo Palma 516, Iquitos 16000, Peru
+51 65 600805
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our stay at tapiche reservation! Anna and Bela were our guides and both of them did a great job. Anna is a real expert and there's hardly a thing she does not jniw. Tapiche serves a great diversity in animals (especially if you...More

Thank gordomois
Reviewed 14 July 2017

As the world's rain forests have been pillaged and plundered to meet humanity's insatiable consumption of their resources, it has become increasingly difficult to find virgin rain forest and to observe their native inhabitants in Peru and other Amazonian regions. Ask around and locals will...More

4  Thank Nycturtle1
Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your passionate words and vivid descriptions of your experience. It is our honor to welcome guests like you who truly love nature and recognize both the beauty and fragility of the forest. Thank you also for recognizing our commitment to...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

This was our first time visiting the jungle so we researched lots of options and decided to visit Green Track Hostel, Tapiche Reserves base in Iquitos to talk about what they offered. Within a few minutes of meeting Katoo the owner, we knew we had...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, thank you for being thoughtful travelers by doing your trip research, and thank you for supporting us with your visit. We're happy you enjoyed your stay at the lodge and will pass on your kind words to all of our staff. We hope that...More

Reviewed 21 May 2017

We went to the Tapiche reserve in April 2017. It was truly an amazing experience with a great conservancy cause. We saw TONS of animals (dolphins, sloths, giant otters, monkeys, caiman, etc.) in their natural habitats. At the reserve, you are witnessing animals in their...More

Thank annewalkingshaw
Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We really enjoyed having your positive presence at the reserve and are happy and honored that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for doing your research on jungle options in Iquitos and for...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

I've experienced the Amazon in three countries (Peru, Bolivia and Brazil), and also spent a considerable amount of time in the rainforests of South East Asia, both as a biologist and a traveller. Three key things set my 5 day trip to Tapiche Reserve apart...More

2  Thank Mark W
Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

We are honored and touched by your words, especially considering your professional and personal experience with different forests around the world. Thank you for crafting such a thoughtful and informative review. In Katoo’s and my own experience and travels to jungles all over the world,...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Spending a few days in the Tapiche Reserve is an indescribable experience. Deep down in the amazon jungle, it takes a full day to reach it from Iquitos, taking a bus, a public boat and a private boat. The trip is a fantastic experience in...More

Thank Costanza C
Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

Thank you for your support and for sharing details about your trip. We're happy that you appreciated the journey to the reserve, because we feel it is really an important part of helping visitors understand the reality of the region and the people who live...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017

We did this tour and a tour with another company (both were 5-days), and this one was exceptionally better than the other. 10x better! We saw a tremendous amount of wildlife: eight-different types of monkeys, tropical birds galore, dolphins, spiders, snakes, sloths, etc, etc... And...More

Thank KidAtArt_
Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

Thank you for supporting our project and for sharing your experience online. We are proud to offer what we consider to be the best authentic jungle and wildlife experience in Iquitos, and we appreciate your preference. We will pass your compliments on to our staff...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017

After a lot of research on trips in the Amazon, I knew Tapiche was the one for us (my boyfriend and I). We wanted an authentic jungle experience, but more so, we wanted to support a place that cared about what they were doing. We...More

Thank 913_Julie_913
Murilo Reis d, Owner at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Thank you so much for your visit to the reserve and for your support here online. Nothing is more rewarding for us than seeing the animals healthy and free and watching our visitors enjoy nature at its very best. After you have seen animals in...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017

Arriving in Iquitos its really not as easy as you might think to find an opportunity to experience the real and authentic jungle, eventhough its basically in the center of it. Yes there a tons of tour operators who offer their services but as always...More

1  Thank steffenfattler
Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Thank you for recognizing how our jungle trips are different than the other offerings in Iquitos. On the surface many things look similar, but we are the only lodge we know that does not keep or manipulate animals for tourism and entertainment. We try as...More

Reviewed 19 February 2017

Tapiche is a very remote reserve where you will have the privileged to experience the Amazon Jungle and its wildlife in their natural habitat. The reserve owner an his guides went so much further than we would ever have expected: hours of off trail hiking...More

Thank Jeff L
Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

Thank you for your visit and support. That is a great photo of a woolly monkey that you posted, and we are so happy that this species of monkey seems to be doing well on the reserve. Woolly monkeys are a favorite hunting target in...More

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Hi, I will be traveling to Tapiche for the first time in April and am really excited to be with and photograph the wild life there. Any suggestions for camera lenses to bring would be greatly appreciated please. Currently, I have an olympus em-1 mkii with 12-40 f2.8, 40-150 f3.5-5.6, 12-100 f4, 100-400 f3.5-5.6, primes 12 f2, 25 f.18, 75 f1.8. In the spirit of keeping my back unherniated, I'm hoping to get away with carrying two zooms and one prime, but can't decide which lenses would be the most useful? A faster lens or one with more reach? Is it easy to change lenses on the fly there or is it rainy/humid enough consistently that changing lenses risks sensor damage? Just wanted to see what you lucky folks who have had a chance to visit Tapiche carried. Thanks in advance for any advice and happy travels everyone :).
21 February 2017|
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Response from Murilo Reis d | Property representative |
Hi there, We're excited to welcome you to the Tapiche Reserve. I think pwjpp55 gave some good input, and she's right, your kit will depend on what you want to photograph. Almost all of the photos and videos on the... More
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20 February 2017|
Response from Murilo Reis d | Property representative |
Hello, thanks for your question! We have visitors the whole year, both the wet and the dry season are very interesting periods in which to visit our reserve. It really depends on what exactly you want to do - if you could... More
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Response from kitty0nthem0ve | Reviewed this property |
Hi Anastasia - it's about USD100-120 p/day. Yes it is expensive for the average backpacker I'll be the first to admit it but an experience of a lifetime and absolutely no regrets except only that I wish I could've afforded... More