The Amazon is profuse with many varieties of butterfly on show, including the highly colored and delicate Longwings and other Heliconids Swallowtails (papilios) Peirids Caligos (owl butterflies).
The Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm is the only butterfly farm in Peru – and the farm is included on select guided tours. Butterfly farms in tropical rainforest areas are increasingly becoming another important factor contributing to a greater understanding of rainforests and their conservation.
More than 40 species of the most colorful (and least dangerous) insects of the Amazon thrive at Pilpintuwasi. Visitors learn about the problems with finding a host plant for each caterpillar, the life cycle of butterflies, problems with predators, etc.
At Pilpintuwasi, you will see the rearing of the giant blue Morphos (image above), Helicons, Owl Moths, Swallow tails and many others.
Visitors to Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm in Iquitos are able to see the complete life cycle, and learn about the impressive development of butterflies.
Iquitos is situated near the confluence of the Nanay and Amazon rivers. Our butterfly farm and Animal Orphanage are on the banks of the Nanay River.
As we love nature, and are conscious of the threats to flora and fauna, we hope that our efforts will enable our visitors to increase interest in and love of our natural world and help with conservation efforts.
Reviews and Testimonials From Our Visitors
Pilpintuwasi – what a place! I spent over 10 weeks there volunteering and enjoying my time. Gudrun, the owner, is really passionate about what she’s doing. The animals are amazing! There are the extremely endangered ukari monkeys playing around, the very intelligent Capuchin monkeys opening YOUR self-made toys and colorful speaking macaws and parrots.Danke Gudrun für all deine Arbeit! Sei sicher, eines Tages werde ich wieder kommen!
KuodaTravel.com: The farm is set up so that visitors are able to see the life cycle of the butterflies and learn about their development. During a short walk through their enclosed environment you will see butterflies fluttering around a lush, plant-filled garden. Each plant is selected according to the needs of the insects; each species of caterpillar and butterfly feeds on only one or two kinds of plants. The caterpillars and the plants they eat are collected from the forests surrounding the farm.
Forty-two species of these most colorful (and least dangerous) insects of the Amazon thrive at Pilpintuwasi. Visitors learn about the challenges involved in finding a host plant for each caterpillar, the life cycle of butterflies, problems with predators, etc.
At Pilpintuwasi, you will be able to see the Giant Blue Morphos, Helicons, Owl Moths, and Swallowtails as well as some poison-haired caterpillars. The caterpillar of the brilliantly colored Blue Morpho pokes out two horn-like prongs from its head if it feels threatened. The Buho, so called for the large, dark spots on its impressive wings that resemble owl’s eyes, is one of the few aggressors on the farm. They pull at each other’s wings with barbed feet to defend their piece of fruit, and consequently, most have torn wings.From TripAdvisor.com: For about $7 U.S., you get to meet a Jaguar, an Ocelot, various monkeys, parrots, and many more animals. The butterfly garden is quite amazing itself, as is the butterfly nursery, where you can see everything from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis opening before your eyes. I’m seriously considering coming back and volunteering for a month or two! If you’re in Iquitos, you must go.
From LonelyPlanet.com: A visit to the fascinating Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm is highly recommended . . . This is a conservatory and breeding center for Amazonian butterflies. Butterflies aplenty there certainly are, including the striking blue morpho (Morpho menelaus) and the fearsome-looking owl butterfly (Caligo eurilochus). To get there, take a boat from Bellavista-Nanay, a small port 2km north of Iquitos, to the village of Padre Cocha. Boats run all day. The farm is signposted: a 15-minute walk through the village from the Padre Cocha boat dock.