When the Reserve was first established in September 2010, loggers and poachers were active on the property. Luckily their impact was not comprehensive, and much of the primary forest was still pristine. After two and a half years of securing the land and waterways against further damage and allowing the forest to rest, we built a rustic yet comfortable tourism infrastructure. We established subtle trails that pass through different terrain and habitats. We quickly realized the importance of providing the local people with sources of income that don't destroy the forest and animals, and we encouraged them to participate in our conservation projects. Using their existing knowledge and experience of the jungle as a foundation, we helped local people hone professional guiding, field and hospitality skills. By working with us, locals often gain enough financial stability and knowledge to substantially improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families. We officially opened for visitors in December 2012.
If your organization is interested in working with us, please Contact Us. We look forward to building friendships and partnerships, and we welcome scientific research in this astounding and still largely undocumented region.
"The trip in the Tapiche Reserve blow off my mind in terms of how is still possible to find very [quiet] and untouched places where the wild life just can walk around you in their natural habitat."
-Roger A, Cusco trekking guide, tripadvisor.com
Banner photo: American pygmy kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea)
© 2015 Deborah Chen