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“Excellent Rescue Center!”
Review of ACOBIA-DWAzoo

ACOBIA-DWAzoo
Reviewed 20 June 2014

This place is a fabulous rescue center - it is NOT a zoo! The animals seemed well cared for and being able to feed feed the manatees was such a fun experience. I am glad that the animals are released back into the wild as the manatees are very important to the ecosystem. We were told that people are hunting the manatees for meat or capturing the babies to be "pets", which is a horrible life for the poor animal. The staff person we talked to knew a lot about manatees and seemed to really care about them. This is definitely the kind of place to support!!

We took the number 49 bus on Africa street. Since there isn't a bus schedule, we just waited like 10 minutes until 49 came. We also caught the bus on the way back into town. It costs 3 soles round trip by bus.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

It is usually impossible to see these animals in the wild, so this was an excellent place to be able to observe and photograph them. Even better, you can hand feed the manatees!

3  Thank dje93
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

The animals here are well cared-for, the staff and volunteers are genuine and knowledgeable, and each animal is on a rehabilitation schedule with an expected release date. You get to see whatever they have at the center at the time, which is how a rescue center should work. I saw incredibly cute baby otters and a range of manatees of different ages when I went. I spent a good chunk of time just sitting at the edge of the manatee pool marveling at these fantastic creatures, and the staff was happy to let me do so.

It's not a huge place, but they do things right and they do things well--one of the only animal attractions in Iquitos to do so. Worth the negligible s/. 3 entrance fee, and these incredible, gentle animals are certainly deserving of your time and attention.

4  Thank ChendyArts
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

A really nice, simple place just outside Iquitos. I took the bus (marked Airport), which only cost 1.50 soles each way. Entry is only 3 soles but please do give donations to help them continue and develop.

There are a few animals on the way in and the jungle around here seems to have been full of big lizards, which added to the overall fun. When you arrive at the manatee section, you are given the option of feeding the young manatee and the guides will happily talk to you about them and take photos for you. The manatees themselves are strange but brilliant animals and really happy to be fed and petted so you get a great experience.

2  Thank sadieinperu
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

One of the highlights of Iquitos. It's only a small centre, with a few pools and 8-10 juvenile manatees. But it's a MUST SEE.

You're unlikely to ever see these critters anywhere else, and they are pretty much the most adorable little guys you'll ever see.

The manatees are rescued and rehabilitated, then released to the wild. The people here devote their time and effort to this endangered species.

It's easy to get to - Motokar from city will cost 15 soles, and return the same. Entry fee is 3 soles per person, and they charge 5 soles if you want to feed the manatees. I'd definitely recommend doing just that. They are gentle, beautiful creatures and it's worth every soles.

You probably want about 2 hours total to do the whole trip. Ride is about 30 minutes, and you'll want up to an hour to see the manatees. Staff will teach you about the manatees, and help you feed and interact with them.

Most people go to Iquitos for the jungle trips, but this is an absolute must, and a great simple trip for filling in a morning before or after an Amazon tour.

My itinerary for Iquitos again would be

Day 1 - fly into Iquitos imd-afternoon. Have a bit of a look around town, and then stay at Nativa Apartments.

Day 2/3/4/5 - pickup by Explorama Tours for 4-night Ceiba Tops lodge tour with Canopy Walkway.

Day 6 - Return to Iquitos from Ceiba Tops about midday. Motokar ride to Manatee Rescue centre just past airport. Visit and feed the Manatees. Take last flight out of Iquitos for Lima.

2  Thank MattJJ_75
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