Machu Picchu, the millenary citadel in Cusco is impressive, and is surrounded by one of the most impressive ecosystems on the planet. The natural beauty of this environment has earned the title of Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity. Its mountains host an infinity of flora and fauna species, among them, multicolored birds, mammals, orchids, bamboo forests and an extraordinary “collection” of more than 300 species of butterflies, many of which can not be seen anywhere else in the world.
The House of Butterflies in Machu Picchu (Wasi Pillpi)
Wasi Pillpi means House of the Butterflies in Quechua, and is located inside the National Park of Machu Picchu. The sanctuary has more than 100 different endemic species, and houses another 400 known species. Stopping for some time in the House of Butterflies, will show you “something” of the diversity of the Sanctuary.
How to get there?
This place is located 1.2 km (just 15 minutes), from Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes). To reach it, you must follow the path that leads to the entrance to the Inca City of Machu Picchu , along the same road that leads to the “Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum” or the Gardens of Mandor.
How is the visit?
The Machu Picchu Mariposarium offers visits that last about 20 minutes, the tour will cost S / 10 soles (aprox US $ 3.00). Information is available in English and Spanish; Unfortunately the guided tours are only carried in Spanish.
This visit will allow you to learn about the huge variety of Butterflies from the Historic and Natural Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, you will be amazed by the many types of camouflage, used by butterflies to blend with the plants of the area. You will also learn about its development and stages.
Why visit the Butterfly Garden of Machu Picchu?
We believe that an important part of traveling, is Responsible Tourism; Support for “local projects” (as the mariposarium) is one of the best ways to do this; But we also think it is good to try to get a little out of the hackneyed visit to Machu Picchu.
Another reason to visit the House of Butterflies is to see closely the different phases of reproduction of these, since they are larvae. This is a fascinating experience, especially if it comes with children; Will learn, among other things, how some butterflies change their contrast, getting darker to attract the sun and raise their temperature.
If you are visiting Machu Picchu; we recommend you to visit the House of Butterflies. Contact us, We are Inti Sun Trek a reliable and safe travel agency, with a trained staff that will help you to live an unforgettable experience.