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“A paradise for animal lovers!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aluxes Ecoparque

Aluxes Ecoparque
Carretera Palenque-Ruinas Km 2.6, Palenque 29960-cr-29961, Mexico
+52 916 345 5180
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Ranked #6 of 8 things to do in Palenque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Aluxes is a Conservation Park in Palenque, we rescue native wildlife and reintroduce lost species into the wild whenever posible. We are open to the public to support our work as we are a NGO, not-for-prof working for the conservation. We have night tours $300 day visits $80-100 feeding the animals experience (manatee, crocodiles, macaw), Petting zoo (crocodile, boa, others), School visits, Animal seminars. We open all days from 9am to 5:00pm but can open earlier upon request.
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“A paradise for animal lovers!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went today and we had a blast, even though we had already seen almost all of these animals in the wild before!

This is a rescue center and the animals live freely, you see the majestic red macaws fly over the trees, the spider monkeys jumping on their island, the cute manatees eating, some crazy birds climb on the top of your head...
There are jaguars, ocelots, ant-eaters, agoutis, other beautiful night mammals, tons of crocodiles, and even a tapir!
You can easily spend 2 hours walking around and watching the animals.

You can see that the animals are well taken care of, which was ver important to us.

We highly recommend this place!
They also organize a night tour, which we haven't tried.

Visited October 2013
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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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“A Zoo with a Ecological Twist”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

While the rainforest on either side of the paths in this Aluxes zoo may not look very imposing, the history of the place shows the great ecological passion of the owners. The area, a pasture 20 years ago, is now a thriving junior-jungle, with a wide variety of endemic trees and plants as well as the local animals. The swampy pasture was transformed into a series of islands, separated by streams, with many of the different species easily visible from the walkways without the need for cages. Jaguar cubs tussling over a bone under their mother's indulgent gaze, alligators waddling rapidly towards a flapping umbrella held down towards them, and spider monkeys leaping through the branches to keep an eye on a jaguar-print raincoat were some of the highlights of this visit. We wanted to take the nocturnal tour but we found out at the end of our visit that we should have signed up for that earlier since it is only given when 10 visitors ask for it. The educational signs referring to the trees were a bit confusing. On the other hand, the howler monkey island is so comfortable that a troop of wild monkeys has taken up residence there! The owners receive donations of older animals that have been kept in captivity all their lives, gently reinserting them into jungle life. This was a fun place to visit and a laudable ecological project.

Visited December 2012
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San Fernando, Trinidad
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“Nice animals, but pretty run of the mill”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We are from the Caribbean, so we are familiar with a lot of the tropical animals at Aluxes. For one of the most pricey attractions in Palenque, I was not overly impressed. We were particularly looking forward to the manatees... however they were nowhere in sight. This was very disappointing. This park can be visited in 1-2hrs.

Visited June 2013
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josefa g, Owner at Aluxes Ecoparque, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Thank you for your review,
We have 3 manatees, two of them came from an aquarium and we introduced them to their natural environment. The third one, was recently rescued from Playas de Catazajá, she was nearly death and we brought her back to life, now they are all happy and getting on with each other.
We have our manatees in the lake, their natural habitat, the water is not naturally clear and I do agree, they are not always on site, they go off and live freely as we do not have them on display. The visitors have a chance to feed them and I do apologise as I can see that our offer was not made clear to you.
If you come back to the area, I would like to offer you a free visit and a chance to feed the manatees. They come if we call them, they are very friendly.
All Best,
Josefa Gonzalez Blanco
Vicepresident.
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“Amongst the animals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We were so amazed at this park - the variety of animals. But the best thing we did - was feed the manatees! So lucky it was the right day to do this, other days you can feed the crocodiles. The staff were so helpful and encouraging, one of the manatees was rolling around to get fed upside down, they have very interesting mouths! So gentle and timid. This was the best experience ever, I don't know if you could do this in any other part of the world!
We caught the collectivo by the Mayan statue for 20 pesos each - they pass by every 10 mins. Then a short walk into the park 100pesos entry fee. They feed different animals on different days so you might get lucky like us and feed the manatees - it cost 100pesos extra.
Lots of different types of habitats and they are still improving and adding more. One area of 50 crocodiles!, a bird aviary you walk through, flamingos etc. We were in the park for 3 hours - its quite shady, take insect repellant and water.

Visited July 2013
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“Nice animals in naturelike area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Aluxes is nice.
2 hours walk through beautiful paths.
Nice birds. Some monkeys. A lot of crocos.
Flora is amazing.

Not a Must do, but a nice do.

Visited April 2013
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