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Tapiche Reserve

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Ricardo Palma 516, Iquitos 16000, Peru
+51 65 600805
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VERY rustic but authentic jungle adventure

We saw some incredible wildlife on this trip - it's perfect for adventurers who want to go... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2016
Mialouisedouglas
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Amazing

I was just designing an album from my visit to south America as I remembered all the wonderful... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2016
Nir Y
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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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Reviewed 20 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...More

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2016

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...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2016

I was just designing an album from my visit to south America as I remembered all the wonderful experiences from Tapiche Reserve. Katoo and Barbara were extremely nice and lovely, the staff was welcoming, the lodge was comfort and beautiful and the walking was so...More

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2016

Thank you for your visit and your review. Every person who visits us makes a difference. Let us know if you will be back for another visit!

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Reviewed 10 February 2016

I spent 6 days in the reserve and it was a genuine experience found only a few places. The primary rainforest teems with wildlife and the service and energy from the owner Katoo and Deborah Chen is excellent. I saw a group of +100 Bolivian...More

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2016

It was absolutely our pleasure to have you at the reserve, and we are humbled by your kind words and praise. It is especially gratifying to know that a world traveler like yourself feels that our place is special and that there really aren't that...More

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Reviewed 6 February 2016

Visiting the Tapiche reserve was a good experience for us and we learned many things about conservation and the main objective of the reserve. On top of this we learned many things about the animals that reside in the jungle. Our guide was very enthusiastic...More

Thank Caroline M
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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2016

Thanks for choosing to visit us and for supporting our project! We are happy to hear that you had a good time while also learning about the jungle. Let us know if you will ever be back in the area!

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Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

I went with my friend for four days to the Tapiche Reserve. From the beginning on we were very well informed about the programm. We arrived at the Greentrack Hostel in Iquitos and Barbara welcomed us warmly. The next day we went to the Tapiche...More

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2016

Dear T and V, Thank you for your visit and for your kind review. We know there are lots of trip options out there, and we are also aware that you specifically chose our lodge despite being short on time, so thank you for being...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2016

My girlfriend and I searched long and hard to ensure that we picked an Amazon tour provider from Iquitos that is concerned about the jungle and animal conservation and not simply exploiting natural resources for quick fire money... we therefore are so glad that we...More

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2016

Thank you for supporting our project! Your visit fell at an especially important time in the reserve's history, as we were redoubling efforts to involve the local community and integrate sustainable harvesting methods for jungle fruits. We're happy to have been able to show you...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2016

Visiting Peru was a lifetime dream for me, and I knew one of the regions that I absolutely had to see was the Amazon. I spent a long time weighing options and choices, and I am absolutely thrilled that I made the choice to visit...More

1  Thank Emily M
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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2016

Thank you for your visit and your support. We appreciate you talking about how our trips are different from all the other offerings in Iquitos, because the slew of options can be confusing to sort out. We are happy to hear that we were able...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2015

Visiting the deep Amazon jungle has been a dream for a long time. I was in Lima for work this October and wanted to take the opportunity to visit the Amazonian jungle in Peru. After doing considerable research online I was quite disappointed with the...More

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Murilo Reis d, Gerente at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2015

Thank you for your passionate support and enthusiasm. It is our goal to preserve the forest the way many people imagine it to be--wild, lush, vibrant, bursting with life from every corner. The kind of deep jungle experience you can have at the Tapiche Reserve...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2015

There are places and people we encounter in our travels that are nice but easy to forget. Then there are those rare gems that change you forever. Tapiche Reserve and Katoo, its tireless and dedicated steward, have enriched my world in profound and lasting ways....More

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Murilo Reis d, Gerente at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2015

Thank you for your support and kind words. The challenges of sustaining the reserve in our eco-hostile region are worth it when we see people like you really appreciating and enjoying the purity of nature. We believe nature has the power to stir the heart...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2015

Authenticity, beauty & love is what we experienced in tapiche during our 5 day trip. The journey from iquitos to the tapiche reserve is an adventure on its own, a whole day of digging deeper and deeper into the jungle. How amazed I was when...More

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Murilo Reis d, Manager at Tapiche Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2015

Thank you for sharing your experience and for supporting our conservation project. We're happy to know that your family enjoyed staying at the lodge, and we hope to be an example of how humans can live in harmony with nature rather than destroying it. We...More

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Noela D
16 April 2018|
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Response from Murilo R | Property representative |
Hi Noela, Thanks for getting in touch! We have had families at the reserve with kids of varying ages starting as young as 3 years old. Each family is unique, and you know your kids and your family dynamic the best. We... 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 R | 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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19 February 2017|
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Response from Murilo R | 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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