My family and I toured the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary while holidaying in Playa Del Carmen and loved every minute of it! Aside from being able to learn more about spider monkeys and to interact with a few of them, the greatest thing about this place is the fact that it is relatively unknown to most - tourists and local residents alike! There weren't the crowds and frenetic pace of many organized tours to tourist attractions. There was simply my family, another family and our tour guide. What a great way to wander through the jungle, swim in a small cenote and get up close to some entertaining and adorable monkeys! The tour is VERY laid back, which worked very well for us.
The sanctuary is doing great work to rehabilitate monkeys that have lived pretty sad lives in captivity and to develop safe zones for "undomesticated" monkeys where they aren't in danger from humans.
Getting there can be a little tricky since you have to do so on your own by taxi or rental car, but if you catch a cab in Tulum, the drivers will know where you are wanting to go. In Playa Del Carmen, you will want to have the map printed out for your driver since not many of the locals know of the place.
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