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Amazon River  🇵🇪   Perú

Iquitos Office


Rainforest Awareness Rescue and Education Center.

19 Dec
I would like to take a moment to recognize the Rainforest Awareness Rescue and Education Center. (RAREC) Orchestrated by Mr John Jairo Garnica,this center is a tremendous tool for conservation in the Amazon River and Rainforest. In their area of the Iquitos, The center is responsible for conservation education in their neighborhood and further reaching to distant communities.

RAREC is a responsible hub for people to come in close contact with endangered species. There are many said rescue centers near Iquitos but few have the passion required to act in the best interests of the animals they say to protect.

Many people will visit this center and come away with a new understanding and love for the natural world. It is hard to instill passion and love with a simple computer screen. The act of sharing space with amazing creatures will instill a lifetime of passion for any open minded individual.

The RAREC compound is on Km 47 of the road to Nauta from Iquitos. It is nested away from the urban center to ensure the privacy and space needed to have such an organization.

RAREC offers a unique opportunities for individuals to volunteer at the center. Everyone should lend a hand to John and his team. They can use all the help they can get physically AND financially. Here is an excerpt from the Full Day program that is offered by them.

For the objective of raising awareness about the importance of the animals of our Amazon, in RAREC direct contact with the animals in custody is not allowed. Our interest is to provide education about the different species of our Amazon, as well as information about the work of a rescue center, the observation of the animals in custody makes the public aware of the problems that exist and how to combat the illegal trade of animals and their derivatives, for that reason the tourist can participate in the preparation of food, observe the caretaker’s management in the environments feeding each of the animals and take pictures, while explaining one by one the provenance and particularities of each animal in custody, but you are not allowed to touch them.

Complete Full Day package:

  • 9:30 a.m .: Reception of the group confirmed at least the previous day (24hr notice).
  • 10:00 a.m .: Talk about RAREC and our activities in the orientation room.
  • Demonstration of illegal trade in wildlife and its derivatives.
  • 10:15 a.m .: Visit to the butterfly garden and the butterfly reproduction room, if there is abirth the same day of the tour, tourists can perform the release of butterflies insideof the butterfly.
  • 11:00 a.m .: Visit to the baby manatee area and assistance with special milk feeding.
  • 11:45 p.m .: Participation in the preparation of food for other animals in custody.
  • 12:00 p.m .: Visit to the area of ​​the other animals in custody and assistance to their feeding.
  • 1:30 p.m .: Lunch in our open-air restaurant.
  • 2:30 pm.:Option 1 – Guided hike to the creek for sighting wildlife in their natural habitat.Option 2 – Swim in our lagoon with Arapaimas.
  • 4:30 p.m .: Courtesy drinks at the viewpoint of adult manatees and arapaimas. End of Full Day.
  • Precio al público: Turistas Extranjeros: S/. 95 por persona,

    Turistas Nacionales y/o Locales: S/. 60 por persona

    Transport to center not included


  • Kathya Ribbeck Torres
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  • In RAREC we are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and subsequent release of animalswild animals that can be reintroduced into their natural habitats. In addition we complementthis work with environmental education for children and youth, and training in activities ofsustainable development for adults in rural villages, close to natural habitats, with theobjective of raising awareness among the population about the protection of biodiversity and offeringalternatives to generate income that conserve the environment.

    We have international sponsors such as Nashville Zoo, Merlin Entertainment, GeorgiaAquarium, SeaWorld and Busch Garden Conservation Fund, Save the Manatee Club andColumbus Zoo; who are interested in promoting education about the conservation ofwildlife and research through scientific programs for conservationists andacademic

    . We also have a cooperation agreement with the National University ofPeruvian Amazon – UNAP through which their students can perform internshipsfield in our facilities.

    With our platform, we want to expand conservation awarenessoffering the tourist to know a rescue center that works in an organized way, with therelevant legal authorizations, with quality environments for the animals in custody,with real programs to be reintroduced in their natural environment and with personalized attentionthroughout the tour by trained RAREC staff in English or Spanish who cansolve all your questions; all this in an appropriate infrastructure so that they pass anice day and take a good picture of the conservation work that is done in theAmazonia of Iquitos,

    The Full Day includes a lunch confirmed also in the reservation and complimentary beverages ina quiet area of ​​our facilities, with outdoor environments and high standardscleaning. And at the end of lunch, a walk through the virgin forest of our centerrescue towards the creek where they will be able to observe primates and sloths in freedom,besides diversity of invertebrates or if you like you can swim inside our lagoon withArapaimas.

    Daily tours begin at 10 a.m., ending the tour at approximately 5p.m. We offer other schedule options that can be adapted to the availability ofgroup time and can be coordinated in advance. Our reservation officewill always be aware to offer options and security in reservations.

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