Visitors who rent a boat to
travel to destinations like Pilpintuwasi,
Monkey Island and the Caiman Farm, are sometimes unknowingly taken
to one of the illegal serpentarios instead. The owners of these places
pay handsome commissions to the boatmen, to whom you just paid a handsome
fee as well, while the owners of Pilpintuwasi,
Monkey Island and the Caiman Farm do not.
Apart from being illegal
operations that exploit animals -you can read about it here- they also grossly
overcharge visitors. A visit to
costs just 3 soles, the Caiman Farm
charges 5 soles.
Carmelita, a baby
wooley monkey that was confiscated
recently by INRENA.
Read about it
like Las Boas are known to charge
tourists as much as 50 soles per person.
Avoid being ripped off,
disappointed and frustrated, as well as cheated out of the visit you really
wanted. Avoid supporting crimes against nature with your money. It is
always wise to travel with a reliable, knowledgable
guide, who knows where to go, whose services to use and how much things
cost. But in any case, tell your boatman; “NO serpentarios!
NO Las Boas!”