The Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary!

May 23, 2013

The Ccochahuasi Animal SanctuaryIf you are living in Cusco (Peru) and are about to visit the market in Pisac. Don’t forget to stop by Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary. It is located along the road. It’s is not well signed so the easiest way is to ask the driver if going with a taxi or bus.


A home for abused animals – Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary

The place was founded in 2007 and is a non-profit organization where endangered animals and neglected animals may live a quiet life and avoid the misery they came from. This only applies to the “wild” animals, not dogs and cats. There is no charge to visit the place but you should leave some kind of donation that it is thanks to the donations instead are.

Llama and Alpaca belonging to the genus lama is one of the domestic animals in the country of Peru and there are few cared sweethearts at Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary!

Fines for illegal animals!

Unfortunately, Peru hasn’t strict penalties or fines for illegal animals. The fines are so low that many choose to obtain unauthorized animals in their nightclubs and restaurants. Everything to attract tourists.
One example is the Cougars as you can read about later in this post … retribution for this cruel operation was 100 -USD = approximately. Totally sick!

There are lots of beautiful animals and they all have a story that is very sad. We think that it is important not to close our eyes to these cruel things – knowledge allows change!

A guide explains and shows us around inside the area that is not so big. The guides consist of volunteers from all over the world and we had a German young girl. She guided us around and told us about all the animals! There is also a shop that you can buy scarves and other things in. All of the profits goes back to the animals so it’s a win win.


This beauty is called Cuati and although he is very sweet and you just want to hug him. He is actually a real predator and is not suitable as a pet. A man wanted this one as a pet (See the claws on the paw above) so he simply cut down his claws to far and hurt the animal badly. Today he lives on the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary and he has to stay here forever. He won’t survive in the wild without claws. 



Puma saved from a nightclub

The Cougars are much smaller than what they should be living in the wild. The reason for this is because they lived in a nightclub and worked as a magnet for tourists. The tourists could come in and cuddle with them inside the nightclub. To avoid the risk that the Cougars would bite the tourists drugged them daily, something that made them stopped growing. Unfortunately, they can’t be released out into the wild again because they are way too small!


Kondor a Big bird

The main attraction is the condor and this is the largest flying bird.



It doesn’t take much time to see all there is to see. Devote at least 45 minutes here when you have time to hear all the stories about all the animals who are here and it’s very cruel stories about abused animals.
According to us, it is a place that is important to visit when you are in the area !!!


  1. Sara

    Bra tips 🙂

  2. Sarah

    Va kul o kolla på djur 🙂

  3. Jennie

    häftiga djur 🙂

  4. Kashaya

    Vad fina bilder och låter som ett ställe man bör besöka om man är i trakterna.

  5. Emilia

    Så bra att de tar hand om djuren som blivit misskötta! 🙂

    Sv: Tack!

  6. Carro

    Häftigt att ha sett världens största flygande fågel.
    Och stackars pumor… tänk om de hade djur så på nattklubbar här i sverige. haha


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