Everything's Better with Monkeys!

Mar 2, 2008

While Hans' mom was in town we decided to check out this Spider Monkey Sanctuary that my Spanish tutor had recommended. They had found it one time on a lark while looking for a cenote, so we just followed their directions and stumbled upon The Jungle Place.

Out in the middle of the jungle (ok, really only about 1KM from the highway on a dusty road) lies The Jungle Place. It's an idyllic and tranquil place nestled back into the jungle with it's own small cenote and several beautifully constructed cabanas for guests.

The owners have dedicated their lives to rescuing and rehabilitating Spider Monkeys. For a small fee to cover their costs for keeping the monkeys you can go and interact the with monkeys in their cages- that is- you can go inside the cage and interact with them.

Their cages span almost the entire jungle lot and the monkeys swing to and fro and can make large traverses across the property. They monkeys seem truly, deeply happy and the whole place is just awesome.

Anyway, without further ado, here are some photos from our monkey experience:

They REALLY liked Maggie's shoes. They provided minutes of entertainment. Uh, does "Monkey Reserve" count as "Farm" on that US Customs form?

I got a good once over to see if I had brought any "Treats."

The girl monkeys really liked Hans, like, REALLY liked him.


CancunCanuck said...

I'm so jealous! I have monkey envy in a big way. Thanks for sharing this, it's on my MUST DO NOW list. The cabanas look great too, definitely something I would like to check out.

Fned said...

Wow, that's amazing! I'm usually nervous around monkeys (they seem so hyperactive and unpredictable) but your pics sure seem like you had a cool time and those little dudes look so cute!!

Something we'll have to do on our next trip to the Caribe!


mexpat said...

Canuck- It's not far from you in Cancun. It would be a wonderful place to go for a quick anniversary getaway or mini vacation.

Fned- they said "no sudden movements" and the monkeys were really running all around. They were hyperactive and somewhat unpredictable (the babies more than the adults), but then so are human toddlers...

Fned said...

.... and that's why we're still in DINKs status hubby and me. LOL


mexpat said...

Lol- ditto!

CancunCanuck said...

LOL, the monkeys sound exactly like Max. No sudden movements huh? Guess we can't take our own little monkey, though I know he would love it. And if it's not too corny, I will say "He would go ape shit for the experience." (Sorry, had to say it)