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Chontachaka Reserva Ecologica

Cusco-Pillcopata Road Manu National Park, Kosñipata Valley, Manu National Park 001 Peru
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#5 of 10 Speciality lodging in Manu National Park
The Civil Partnership Chontachaca Ecological Reserve (REC) is an environmental, ecological and non-profit organisation. REC was created in Peru with the aim of working for the defense and conservation of the Amazonian forest and all the beings that inhabit it. The REC is composed of professionals, employees, volunteers and nature lovers. All with experience in ecology, health and education, people who for years and for different reasons have been involved in the wonderful world of the Amazon.
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Jennifer Stoker wrote a review Jan. 2020
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Oh, just wonderful... What a peaceful and incredible days spent I there! I totally reccomend it. Because of the amazing sorroundings and the important work they carry on there for the planet. Lovely! You go to bed surrounded by a kind of jungle lullaby... The waterfalls where you can swim under are simply incredible, and the work you do for the planet is lovely...
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Date of stay: December 2019
Eli Gomez wrote a review Apr. 2019
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I was in Chontachaka Reserve from August to November 2018 as Volunteer, and after 15 months travelling around Latinoamerica I can say that it was my most wonderful experience by far. I learnt about medicinal plants from Peruvian jungle, I discovered how important is the reforestation in this kind of landscapes that were so affected by deforestation few years ago. I had the opportunity of learn about permaculture with workshops and amazing people. I met magic persons how are now my family (Gladis and her son, Nadia, Don Mario, Magda and the people of Chontachaka and Patria). I felt the nature everyday and everywhere in the beautiful waterfalls, river and jungle around the reserve. I could see monkeys, a rainbow boa, an anteater, coatis, porcupines, lot of birds.... I loved also sharing time with Paula (the monkey), Princesa (the dog) and my sweet Piura (the cat). And what can I say about the food? healthy and delicious!Love Vegetarian Peruvian food! Can't wait to back!
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
AvecesMeVoy wrote a review Apr. 2019
Botswana12 contributions4 helpful votes
I was in Chontachaka in September 2018 because a friend of mine recommend it to me. It was an experience that changed my life. The nature surrounding Reserva Chontachaka is amazing, with beautiful trails, waterfalls, wildlife... The people that take care of the place are super nice and respectful...I felt like being totally at home. The vegetarian food is amazing and Gladys, the cook is a very kind person. My idea at the beginning was to stay few days and I ended up spending three weeks there because I felt so comfortable and I would have stayed longer if I could... The contact with the nature, the people who work there, the other travelers who were staying there, the owner, everybody was welcoming. For me the balance of work and rest was perfect and I really enjoyed walking alone by the river or the jungle, reading... It's a sacred place and I'm sure I will come back, because it was an experience that I want to repeat
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Jessica H wrote a review Apr. 2019
Toronto, Canada8 contributions1 helpful vote
I spent three extremely enjoyable weeks at Chontachaka in March 2019, and this is a place that I wouldn't hesitate to return to in the future. Firstly; I was extremely anxious about my stay after reading some of the other reviews listed here. This place is NOT a scam and do not pay any attention to these reviews (Of course, they don't spend any time explaining why they are accusing them of being a scam). I spent less than $40 a night and had a room to myself (well, I shared with a howler monkey, but that was a fantastic addition), and had 3 great meals a day. I could not sleep and eat in my own country for $40/day. The reserve reminded me of being in Canadian cottage country but in the jungle. If I were to rent a small cottage in Canada it would cost me a minimum of $800/week and I would not get meals - just to add to the perspective of price and the accusations of the place being a scam. It was beautiful and peaceful, with a perfect work to rest ratio for a semi-vacation. If you are expecting a huge reforestation project with a big open space where you are planting line after line of trees in the Amazon, then you have the wrong idea. You won't be getting a t-shirt and non-stop selfie opportunities #savetherainforest, where you can show all your friends how great a person you are. This is a small scale project that has done some very good work over the years, it's not a place to pat your own ego and fuel your own narcissism. It also isn't a Western style charity with a CEO who is making 6 figures, and where 1% of the donated money goes to charity. Are these reviewers happier with those charities because they get their selfies and t-shirts? Anyways, It was an excellent balance of work and rest for me. Each day we would get up and have breakfast, work for the morning; measuring trees, cleaning the reforestation areas, weeding gardens, clearing new land for growth, planting seedlings, collecting for the compost, etc. After 3-4 hours work in the jungle you are ridiculously sweaty and covered in bugs - so a swim in the river or waterfall was an excellent pre-lunch routine. After lunch I would do another hour of work in the Mariposary. I would log the caterpillars on various plants so we could see how they were growing and changing. Then I would have the rest of the day free to swim, hike, take photographs, read, etc. It was perfect. There is no internet, and I wonder if some of the bad reviews were based on anger from withdrawal symptoms. People who don't know how to fill time in their day because they are so used to constant stimulation from a device. There are a variety of beautiful hikes, waterfalls, insects, and animals. I saw three varieties of monkeys in the wild (plus Paula as the 4th type); Squirrel monkeys, cappuchin monkeys, and Wooley monkeys. There is a special hike to see the cock of the rock birds looking for mates twice daily. We were taken on a special hike to teach us about the different plants in the jungle, edible, medicinal, spiritual. We went to visit the animal sanctuary where they are healing and releasing injured animals back in to the jungle. We also went to visit a small insect museum in town, by the creator of the Mariposary on the reserve which, added an extra element to the understanding of the value of the butterfly garden. All of the people I met at Chontachaka were wonderful. Nadia is a wonderful human being. She was so helpful, and kind - she spent so much time working just as a translator for me. She was a wonderful host. Nelly's food was fantastic. Almost always vegan, but always vegetarian - always plenty of food, always healthy and delicious. So for some more perspective; the cheapest I could stay in Cusco is for about $8 a night with breakfast included. If I ate at San Pedro market or from the street food stalls for lunch and dinner you could do Cusco on about $20/day. Okay, so with that in mind, maybe $40/day seems a little steep for a volunteer. BUT, also included is a bus to and from the jungle, a room not shared with 13 other people, unlimited water, coffee, and tea. Three meals a day, 2 prepared by a cook. A translator, and guide. Should I be upset that $20/day is going to the staff? Is paying Nadia and Nelly each $10/day too much? Is that a scam? I bet the people who have left the accusations of being scammed are also the same people who are fighting for increased minimum wages in their own country, yet are happy for people in developing countries to be paid close to nothing. I can not logically understand their accusations in any other way. How are you treated as only a dollar sign when you are paying less than $40 a night and given a room and 3 meals? Even if you thought that was expensive, how are they scamming you? Seriously? Who are these reviewers? Anyways, I had a wonderful time and will likely return to Chontachaka again. They are living in tune with nature, giving back to the environment more than they are taking. I apologize that so much of the review was dedicated to the poor reviews listed below but I only saw them a few days prior to going to Chontachaka and it gave me severe anxiety to read them. I was so scared that I was walking in to a huge scam and almost cancelled my trip, but then would have been left with 3 weeks to fill in Peru or go home. Ignore those reviews and give Chontachaka a chance. Manage your expectations and don't expect to be working 8 hours a day (you actually could get very sick from heat exhaustion if you did, and then what would the complaints be!). Things change due to weather and flexibility of schedules - one day we would chose not to work because we finally had good weather and wanted to make sure we got certain hikes done, etc. Don't come here if you can't unplug. Be an adult and know how to fill your own time - if you need constant entertainment, go on a Disney cruise.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Wade wrote a review Feb. 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
This place is a hoax. Do not waste your hard earned money by giving it to these thieves. They see you only as a dollar sign. Not to mention, the woman who owns the property is beyond rude and she handles conflict like a toddler. Maybe at some point this reserve was worth visiting, but it is run down and neglected as most of the people living out there spend their time literally doing nothing. We were sold an opportunity to learn about the trees being reforested, monitor the wildlife of the area, and participate in photographing the flora and fauna. We spent 5 days at this reserve and yet, the only sort of work we participated in was weeding as we were told it was the 'most important task'. You may refer to the photo, but it looked like no one had weeded for months. Your money will not go to the good fight of climate change as suggested by the website. PLEASE BEWARE, YOU ARE ONLY A DOLLAR SIGN TO THIS TERRIBLE COMPANY.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from magdalena114, Director General at Chontachaka Reserva Ecologica
Responded Feb. 4, 2019
Let's see, Mr. "timetowander1", You are talking in first person. Then, you suggest that you was personally in our establishment. Furthermore, you write in the plural of the first person. As long as we know you where only two, you can only refer to one more person. The two persons who where in our Reserve and were conflictual already wrote in this platform. One of them where "drjonathan18", and the other one, talking about herself and his boyfriend, semms to be "bubblesgopop1". So, WHO ARE YOU? You are pretending BE WHO YOU ARE NOT or NOT BEING WHO YOU ARE, and you talk about SCAM? Come on!
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Chontachaka Reserva Ecologica?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Chontachaka Reserva Ecologica?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Chontachaka Reserva Ecologica?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Chontachaka Reserva Ecologica offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.