Discover Nature at the Tapiche Reserve - Deep Inside the Peruvian Amazon
The Tapiche Reserve was founded in September 2010, with a initial intention of preserving the Rain Forest. For that we had to create a alternative way of income to the locals and indirectly generate founds for supporting the internal conservations projects without involving any other organization.
Along two and half years we had manage to create a rustic but confortable infrastructure for future visitor, trails that are passing through all different types of habitats and most of all to create a environment friendly conscious among the locals and professional training of field conduction and professional attention, we didn’t’ need to teach them about the jungle, but they had to learn technics how to transmit their knowledge on the fields. And officially open for visitor since December 2012.. How we do it ! We are dedicated to inform and teach about the nature, Natural history, Local knowledge, Medicinal plants, handcraft, and initiation of surviving skill. We don't catch any wild life and when we fish we catch just what we need for eat, we don't have any wild life indomestic conditon for taking photos, or cudling, we repudiate that attitude in fact. Wild animal in the wild, We use binoculars and telescope to see wild life. Location Accessible only by waterway, the 1540 hectare Reserve is situated 404 km up river from Iquitos, Peru. The day long journey into the jungle takes you through increasingly remote areas, away from touristic centers, and into territory seldom traveled by outsiders. The trip from Iquitos to the Reserve includes navigating up the Amazon, Ucayali, and Tapiche Rivers.
NOT TO BE MISSED
FROM END FEBRUARY TILL END OF MAY, THE GREATEST ACTIVE NESTING AREA IN LORETO WITH THOUSANDS OF AGAMI HERON, BOAT BILLED HERON, COCOI HERON, GREAT EGRAT, SNOWY EGREAT, NEOTHROPIC CORMORANT AND ANHINGAS.
The Reserve is an exceptional storehouse of Amazon jungle biodiversity. The Reserve comprises an area within the Amazon Basin where several types of lowland Amazonian forests, including igapo, varzea, and terra firme, can be found in close proximity. This is a major contributing factor to the incredible biodiversity that is found in this geographic area. Among the fauna found here are Pink River Dolphins, Manatee, Jaguar, Ocelot, Giant Otter, Red Huakari Monkey, Paiche (the worlds largest freshwater fish), and an amazing variety of birds, amphibians, reptiles, palms, floating flora, and old-growth trees.
Scientists, photographers, and nature lovers will revel in the opportunity to see and study medicinal plants, blooming orchids, native fruits, and plants used for indigenous crafts.
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" Reliable site for Red-faced Uakari, PeruI recently returned from the private Tapiche O’Hara Reserve, a reliable site for Red-faced Uakari. This site is reached in less that a day’s river travel from Iquitos Peru, and it appears to be straightforward to made daily observations of the Uakari. While there are other accessible Peruvian lodges with the Uakari, sighings are generally rare (maybe a sighting every few weeks, even at research stations with active primatologists).
Tapiche O’Hara is, to my knowledge, the only Peruvian site with reliable daily Uakari sightings that is accessible in less than a day’s travel from a commercial airport (Iquitos).
This is one of the most intact easily accessible mammal faunas in Loreto (I work as an ornithologist all around this region).
1) Spectacular location/wildlife!
2) Exceptional, special forest along the Crested Eagle trail. This absolutely superlative, spectacular, cathedral-like forest has virtually disappeared from the accessible portions of Loreto. Massive intact whitewater-flooded forest is a thing of the past. You guys have some of the most spectacular forest that we have ever seen in Peru.
Jacob Socolar " (Jacob is an ornithilogist doing his master in Peru for the past 3 years)
We believe in preservation of habitat, local culture, and promotion of responsible tourism. At the reserve there are no pets and besides fishing we do not catch/ capture any sort of animals for any reason. The Reserve is located in primary rain forest and it is our mission to coexist in the jungle environment without disturbing natural processes. We also have ongoing conservation efforts focusing on saving the water turtle known locally as the Taricaya (Podocnemis unifilis), which can live to 60 years of age and protec the nearly extinct in Peru due the dintruction of their habitaht and huntting, the Red Uakari Monkey (Cacajao Calvus )
“Must-do Authentic Jungle Experience” (Tripdvisor ) Reviewed 6 December 2013 " My friend and I just completed a 5 day visit to Tapiche Reserve. It was an absolutely amazing experience and I would recommend to any nature lover who wants to see the WILD life, as opposed to animals being captured/held/petted to benefit tourism at the detriment of the animals. Katoo is the most knowledgeable tour guide I have come across and his passion for sustainability and conservation was evident. In addition he is a real 'Bear Grylls' type with obvious jungle survival skills, and many great stories to tell. Every day we saw lots of wildlife- monkeys, birds, caymans, otters to name a few - learnt so much and each day was a unique experience.
The facilities at the lodge were better than half the hostels we stayed at in Peru and you can expect to sleep in hammocks to add to the authenticity (very comfy!). It is obvious that this tour is conducted out of passion, rather than making money, with small group sizes.
In going to Tapiche Reserve you can expect to see loads of wildlife, participate in bush walking, canoeing and fishing as well as tasting various jungle fruits. The boat ride to/from the reserve is long (about 7-8 hrs in total each way) but it did not bother us and worth it to see wildlife in the wild.
To Yulia, thank you for welcoming us and assisting us to organise ourselves. To Katoo, thank you for your passion, inspiration, hard work and above all, passing on your knowledge to help protect such a beautiful part of the world and beautiful creatures! I can't wait to come back and will definitely be staying for longer than 5 days next time! "
Visited December 2013
Departure FEBRUARY 4d/3n and 5d//4n.
TOUR date booked Tour date booked. 4d/3n 31-03 5d/4n 03-07 07-10 1 10-14 14-17 2 17-2o (4days) 20-24 24-28 special deals for Green Track Hostel clients Group maximum size 6 people.
Departure MARCH 4d/3n and 5d/4n.
TOUR date booked Tour date booked. 5d/4n 01-05 4 4d/3n 05-09 3 (5days) 09-12 12-15 15-19 2 19-22 22-26 28 -015special deals for Green Track Hostel clients Group maximum size 6 people.