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“Take the time”
Review of Chaparri Reserve

Chaparri Reserve
Ranked #563 of 1,303 things to do in Peru
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Take the time”
Reviewed 2 October 2013 via mobile

A trip to Chaparri could be a trip back in time as nothing has changed in this beautiful sacred ground for thousands of years. We know very little of the people that carved small deep bowls into a huge boulder. We were told it was their sacred gathering place in front of the mountain Chaparri. It is a mountain in a wild space, with pumas, bears and many species of birds. It is a place with waterfalls and springs that bring green to the desert. As testament the shamans today still use this place to practice their healing arts. Our guide Esau was truly the best example of someone working in the remote outback doing something he loves. This preserve is a unique experience and it certainly deserves all of the support you give it by paying your entrance fee. It is a community effort that allows this preserve to exist and the income provides them with all their services. We spent 4 hours with our guide who enjoyed teaching us about each medicinal plant we came across and there were many. By going to the reserve you actually step back in time and begin to understand how people really lived several thousand years ago

Visited September 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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“Bird watching paradise”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

We booked a tour through Sipan Tours in Chichlayo - because it was just 2 of us who wanted to go it was 120 soles each. This paid for the taxi which took us into the Reserve (apparently lots of taxis don't like doing it because the road is very rough) and for the guide. We had to pay the entrance fee into the reserve ourselves, which was only 20 soles.

Our guide was a fantastically, knowledgable person called Artero. The birdlife in the reserve is astonishing and because it's dry forest,(no leaves on the trees) they're easy to see. Comparing it to looking for birds in the rainforest it was so much easier, in just a few minutes we had seen 10s of species. We walked up to see the spectacled bears who can't be released, as they're so habituated to people It was good to hear about the release programme for other rescued bears and to see this pair close up. We also saw rescued peccaries (and heard wild ones) and saw iguanas.

It was great to see a community ecoproject that is having so much success for the local wildlife (the pictures from the camera traps of bears and pumas were amazing) and also for the community. It's stopped hunting, improved the environment, brought jobs, paid for health workers and school teachers.

I'd love to go back and stay in the lodge, I think it would be really special experience. Definitely go if you like wildlife.

Visited August 2013
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good experience to see the bears”
Reviewed 4 May 2013

We ended up booking a tour through Chaponan tours direct in Chiclayo. Going through Chaparri lodge was very expensive, they wanted 200 soles just for the transfer between e village and the reserve! it turned out to be much better value to go for just a day.

We couldn't fault the company or the guide but the experience itself was a bit disappointing. The scenery is beautiful but the bears are in odd looking enclosures and everything looks old and dilapidated. The reptile house looks like it isn't very well looked after, god knows when the last person went in and filled up the water reserves.

All in all it was nice seeing the bears but we came away thinking everything could be a little better maintained.

Visited April 2013
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Lima, Peru
Level 6 Contributor
85 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Make sure to bring your ipod full of chill out music for a tranquil relaxing walk, it truly changes the whole thing :)”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Check my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61AEV0pEXXE
You can take tours from Chiclayo city to there, yet I love travelling with private tours as it's more fun. You can get small comfortable new buses Chiclayo-Chongoyape that cost 5 soles (you can ask any taxi driver will know which terminal these buses come out from) make sure you go early so you make most of the day! Once in Chongoyape ask for the tours for going to Chaparri reserve, there is one local who arranges these tours with the tour agencies, you can ask for him directly, everyone in town knows him, just ask for the tours to Chaparri. If you want your own tour guide and transport then be prepared to pay about 200 soles (remember max 4 people can go in the car). Also make sure you bring an ipod with relaxing music, it creates a special lure about this place. I was hearing: Relax - Buddhist Meditation Music - Zen Garden - Kokin Gumi - Daylight. Also you can make a small visit to theTinajones Reservoir nearby

Visited January 2013
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Cusco
Level 5 Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Chaparri - A wonderful experience for all the family”
Reviewed 19 February 2013

This is a great place to relax and get up close to nature. Just two hours from the airport of Chiclayo, the reserve is home to rescued Andean Bears, deer, wild pigs, an immense amount of bird life and a fascinating reptile house. It works if you are an avid birdwatcher or just someone wanting a few days away from the rat race.

The very tasteful rustic style lodge offers bungalow style accommodation and tasty food. There are some great pools to swim in and the trails are very well maintained. You will visit with an expert local guide who will explain about the area and for the brave you can handle the snakes, with the idea being to educate people that snakes are not all scary nasty things, but actually an essential part of the ecosystem.

And then there are the bears - my daughter loved these, it really made her week. Rescued from a variety of situations they now live happily in a very large semi wild enclosure. There are also plenty of bears still living in the wild on the hill above, which you may be lucky enough to see.

Visited February 2013
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