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Pilpintuwasi: Wildlife and Butterfly Rescue Center

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Of great tourist interest in South America, the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm is the only butterfly farm in Iquitos and in all of Peru. This site is home to a good number of butterfly species and also functions as a rescue center for other species of Amazonian wildlife that need protection and help in a vulnerable or endangered state.

In this site surrounded by places to visit, the main objective is to protect animals affected by the poaching industry and animal trafficking. Within tourism, the Pilpintuwasies Butterfly House is established in travel guides as a heavenly habitat where a wide variety of exotic butterfly species surrounds a beautiful animal refuge.

This butterfly farm, whose name in Quechua means “House of the Butterflies”, is undoubtedly a fundamental piece of the virgin jungle. Here, every day new visitors witness the energies that are invested in the protection of species, the site also being a temporary custody center, since they receive animals that come from seizures by the ecological police such as an anteater, alligators, turtles and parrots.

What to see and do at the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Garden?

Spot animals. In addition to butterflies, here you can see the beautiful red or English monkey and a variety of species such as the otorongo, the two-toed sloth, the sea cow and even a jaguar.

Know 42 species of butterflies. Among them, the most attractive are the Blue Morpho and the Owl Butterfly from the Caligo family.

Carry a monkey during the walk. In the butterfly garden you can see the machin monkey and the little lion monkey, who will surely try to interact with you.

Witness the metamorphosis process of butterflies. This hatchery has the particularity of being able to present the complete process.

Sign up for volunteering. You can find out everything you need from the site hosts, who will be happy to help you.

Meet Bello Pedro. This majestic jaguar is very popular in the area and amazes all visitors.

How to get to the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Garden?

To visit the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Garden in Iquitos it is necessary to go to the town of Padre Cocha. To get there from the city of Iquitos you must board a boat and navigate the Nanay River for about 20 minutes. If you don’t know how to get to the port, you can take a city bus from the corner of Jr. Putumayo and Jr. Arica, where the well-known and touristy Plaza de Armas of Iquitos is located, although a motorcycle taxi can also leave you there in about 20 minutes. minutes.

Once in the Port of Bellavista Nanay, you will find boats that take you to the community of Padre Cocha in about 15 or 20 minutes. The availability of these navigation services is wide during the day and everyone will know how to take you to the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm without difficulties.


Plan your visit taking into account the opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Mondays the site is closed.

Look up. Don’t lose sight of the large number of different birds in this reserve.

Take care of your personal belongings. The monkeys in the butterfly garden are nice and friendly, but they will be waiting for you to take out your cell phone or wallet to take it.

Consider the times to take the guided tour: the first available slot is at 9:30 a.m. and the last 3:00 p.m., with three additional times between 11:00 a.m. and 01:30 p.m.

Bring money to pay for the entrance to the butterfly garden: Local and national tourists pay S/ 10 (students pay half) and children pay S/3. As for the rate for international tourists, this is US$5 for adults and US$1 for children. Foreign students have a bonus on entry.

If you go during the rainy season there will be more mud on the road, but if this does not stop you, the season will offer you a view with a lot of green on its slopes and colorful buds of the wild flowers in the area.

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