Map of Iquitos Peru.Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

For general enquiries:

Tel- 063-23-2665
Address- Padre Cocha Iquitos, Peru

To volunteer and for conservation/education enquiries:


We are open Tuesday to Sunday for Vistitors

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Entrance: $5 for adults; $3 for students.

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm.

Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm in Padre Cocha (located on the Nanay river) is a day trip from Iquitos. It is a 20-minute boat ride from the BellaVista-Nanay area. In the dry season, it takes about 15 minutes to walk from the boat landing to the Farm. In the wet season (December to April), the boat travels all the way to the farm.

From Iquitos centre, take a tuk-tuk to BellaVista-Nanay and take the regular ‘shuttle boats’ from the dock. From the dock at Padre Cocha you can take a tuk-tuk or walk. In the dry season, it takes about 15 minutes to walk from the boat landing to the Centre. In the wet season (December to April), the boat may travel all the way to the farm.

Many tour companies include Pilpintuwasi in their itineraries. Please check with your travel agent or travel organizer or contact Qoyllur Tours.

When to Visit Peru

May to November:
The dry season lasts from May to November and is typically recommended for visits; however, this is also the coolest time of year at night.

June, July and August:
The most common months to visit, which means larger crowds during these months. The shoulder seasons, April to June or September to November often offer the best of both worlds with fewer crowds and warmer temperatures than the peak of the dry season (although you will still encounter a little rain).

December to April:
The wettest season with showers three to four afternoons a week. If you do not mind sprinkle and muddy trails, this time of year offers greener hillsides, with wildflowers and orchids in bloom, such as the Oncidium above.

Holidays (We are still open)

  • January: New Year’s Day
  • March: Good Friday, Easter Monday
  • May: Labour Day
  • June: St Peter’s and St Paul’s Day
  • July: Independence Day
  • July: Independence Day Celebrations
  • August: St. Rosa of Lima
  • October: Battle of Angamos
  • November: All Saints Day
  • December: Immaculate Conception
    December: Christmas

17 Comments on Contact

  1. Hi, how much does it cost to visit the site?

  2. Prabhakar Mysore Venkat Rao | March 9, 2017 at 9:51 am | Reply

    We are reaching Iquitos on Sunday 30th April at 2.10 pm. Even if we come straight from the airport we may not reach your orphanage by 4.00pm. Is it possible to come after 4.00 pm? We are leaving early next morning on the Amazon river trip. Please help us out:(

    • Hi
      We would really like to help in this situation, but in order to provide the best care, all of our animals have a structured routine in regard to feeding times and rest times, and unfortunately it is not in their best interest to change these. We also depend on volunteers and local staff to work at the centre and we can’t ask them to work these extra hours. We really hope you are able to visit us at some point
      Thank you

  3. Hello, my name is Yasmin, here the 2 of august I was welcomed to a student internship over e-mail, since that I had sent several e-mail,( but I had not heard anything back, I was worried it might had landed in the spam folder. so now I am trying to get a hold of Pilpintuwasi here, I hope thats okay and i hope to hear back from you guys.

  4. Chris rials-Seitz | February 24, 2016 at 10:02 pm | Reply

    Greetings from Chris and Johnny! we met you about 6 years ago, the two long haired rvellers, so glad to know you are still up and running!

  5. Hello,

    I’m planning to travelling from august in year 2017 for an undeterminate time.
    I will travel all around south america and want to do something for helping the country which I will visit.
    I have read the informations for volunteers on your website and I would love to come and help you.

    For now I’m just looking to schedule my trip. I know it’s really early and I understand if its better to send you a mail next year 😉
    Maybe I have one question; at which time you will need help (I mean which season)?
    and an other one: I love taking pictures and a bit filming, would it be possible to take some of the place and animals? (for sure if then you want some, I’ll give you)

    If you have any questions, informations, just ask.


    p.s I put my website if you want to see some pictures but I don’t really take time to update and take care of it..I will promise 😉

  6. Hi,

    Could you please send me details on the volunteer programs available with dates, costs, details of the program.

    Thank you!


  7. How old can you be to volunteer and how much would it cost?

  8. how can I contact you by phone?

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