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Chaparri Ecological Reserve...


James Byrne
Nat Geo Producer
"Chaparri is an absolutely enchanting place and I can't wait to return there - this time with my kids. The tropical dry forest there is a fascinating ecosystem - alive with the music and color of countless, beautiful endemic birds. It was a huge thrill to see and film spectacled bears, swaying like fearless trapeze artists at the top of guava trees. (Just don't stand underneath them as you may be showered with the by-products of eating the tasty fruit.) At night, I had some of the best star-gazing I have ever had - a vast, clear southern sky. The accomodation is perfect: simple, rustic but very comfortable adobe bungalows, with one of the best hot showers I've stood under! The food is delicious and healthy, and the staff friendly and keen. Overall, Chaparri is a wonderful place to visit - to relax, slow down and experience nature. The fact that Chaparri is one of the most successful models of community-led conservation and ecotourism is another great reason to visit and experience the magic of the dry forest."

Dr Robert Ridgely
Author of Birds of South America and Birds of Ecuador
"We were really impressed with Chaparri. You have done a simply wonderful job! The cabins are comfortable but not fancy, the food delicious and ample without being ostentatious. Thomas was a good bird guide. Altogether a model of what a good ecolodge should be. Thank you very much for hosting us, and of course I look forward to return visits and to working with you in the years to come."

Tim Martin
BBC Natural World Series Producer
"Gorgeous Ecolodge. Perfect!"

Chuck Hagner
Editor Birders World
"I Love it. I wish I could stay longer."

Andy Mitchell
Conservationist and Tour Leader – Island Holidays
"This is the future for conservation ecotourism."

Gerry Foster Thomas
Ecological Consultant and Tour Leader – Celtic Bird Tours
"Stunning bird life"

Steve Howell
Biologist and Tour Leader - Wings

Gavin Shire
American Bird Conservancy
"A remarkable community achievement and the
perfect combination of tourism and conservation."

Andy Tucker
Manager and Tour Leader - Naturetrek
"Rustic, authentic, tranquil!. Love it. Our groups will too.
Great model for ecotourism projects."

Dave Beadle – Bird Artist and Tour Leader
It is hard to describe the beauty of Chaparri. It is a wonderful and serenely peaceful place. The birds are very special and the lodge rustic but supremely comfortable, and the meals are memorable! I cannot wait to return.

Ulises Gonzales
I went with my wife after 8 years away from Peru. One of our best decisions was to go to Chaparri. We have been in many places in Peru, but Chaparri was a unique experience. We would love to come back.

Brian Allen Passenger of Kolibrie Expeditions
Luis and Thomas were very helpful and delightful to be with and added to our enjoyment of Chaparri. I wish we could return soon and will tell everyone that is interested in Peru about your fabulous spot.

Richard White
Many thanks again to you and all the staff at the lodge for helping this happen for me. Birding was great...other wildlife superb. I really enjoyed seeing things like the tarantulas and last night I was out walking just by the accommodation and a tamandua walked across the path with a tiny young on her back. Awesome!

André Baertschi
Chaparri is one of the most beautiful places I've visited in the Neotropics. I was impressed about the art of design, construction and comfort of the bungalows, as well as about the big diversity of plants and wildlife in the area. The whole project is a great and positive example of protecting and conserving nature. Chaparri is highly recommended to any nature nature lover and photographer!


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