Someone here wrote that you shouldn't stay at La Casita, because your things get stolen there. It's too bad that people have bad experiences in Iquitos, but we shouldn't single out a place like La Casita. Stuff gets stolen everywhere; theft is almost like an epidemic in Iquitos.
I lived at La Casita twice; once for two months, and once for three months. None of my stuff ever got stolen there and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Bad stuff happens everywhere, we just need to be careful and sensible. True; La Casita doesn't offer a safe place to store things, and it has been two years since my last stay there, so who knows. But at 100 dollars rent a month, I guess you should adjust your expectations. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mrgart (talk • contribs)
I'm copying this "Do" entry here, to make it easier for anyone to insert it into a preexisting guide for a more nearby place or compose a new guide about the reserve. This content is really interesting, but 340 km is quite a distance. This reserve could be mentioned as a "Get out" location in the Iquitos article, but there is more content here than necessary for a "Get out" listing, and I think it would be better for such a listing to link to a Tapich Ohara's Reserve guide.
Tapiche Ohara's Reserve (email@example.com), Calle Ricardo Palma 510 (The Reserve is situated 340 km up river from Iquitos, Peru on the Tapiche River), . Situated 340 km away from Iquitos in the district of Requena, accessible only by waterway, 12 hours with private boat (or a day and a half by local transport), The Tapiche Ohara's Reserve comprises several types of lowland Amazonian forests, including igapo, varzea, and terra firme during dry season. The Reserve represents one of the few areas in the Amazon Basin where these forest types can be found in close proximity. Among the animals found here are Pink River Dolphins, Manatee, Jaguar, Ocelot, Margay, Giant Otter, Red Huakari Monkey and Paiche (world's largest freshwater fish), and an amazing variety of birds (over 700 species are known in Loreto), including the Harpy Eagle. The 1540 hectare Reserve is an exceptional storehouse of Amazon jungle biodiversity. This area spans both sides of the Tapiche River east of the Ucayali River. Within the Reserve there are four different springs which are tributaries into the Tapiche. Furthermore, there are several onboxes and lagoons of considerable size. Other than the Tapiche, which is a black river, all the other rivers are full of inorganic material, which is generally typical of Andean sources, but not typical to the Amazon rainforest. These factors, along with the Pleistocene Refugia and river dynamics, contribute to an exceptionally diverse assemblage of primates.edit
For reasons I don't understand, a nascent edit war has broken out over whether to include this kind of information in this article or create a new article specifically focusing on the reserve. I have posted to User talk:Amyharmony, to attempt to start a non-one-sided discussion. Ikan Kekek 15:51, 26 June 2011 (EDT)
Tapiche Ohara is not a national or private reserve. It is a private company, a travel agency.