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“Monkey River Delivers” 4 of 5 stars
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Monkey River Tour
Monkey River Village, Placencia, Belize
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Ranked #16 of 37 Activities in Placencia
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: Monkey River Eco Tours work hard in educating you and at the same time offer the tour of a lifetime. Nature Trails, Manatee watching, Bird watching are just a few of the tours offered. The major attraction to the part of Belize is the Howler Monkey and the River, hence the name Monkey River.
Oceanside, California
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“Monkey River Delivers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We left Placencia around 8:30AM for this tour. The tour owner handed out bottles of water to everyone before we left on the boat with the guide. There were 2 couples, a family of 3, and my daughter and I along with the guide. The water was like glass on the ride to the river and the guide stopped a couple times so we could take pictures. On our first stop at Monkey River (the village) at a restaurant to make an order for lunch. The dock was being worked on, so the guide just drove the boat up onto the bank of the river. He told people to go order lunch if they wanted it, but he stayed in the back of the boat. As a middle aged woman tried to go from the front of the boat to the bank, she fell, then fell backward into the river's edge and was soaked head to toe. We waited for her to go into the bathroom and try to rinse off the slime from her clothes. She was very good-natured about it, not blaming or upset at all. We saw several crocodiles on the way up the river, the guide would pull the boat very close to them so we could get pictures. When we hiked into the jungle, the guide was able to find 2 separate groups of howler monkeys and effectively made sounds that they responded to. They were right above us - though very high up - so we could get pictures and it was cool to hear them respond. The mosquitos are brutal, so make sure you have plenty of repellent. It was the middle of the rainy season, and it had rained the night before. The trails in the jungle are fairly muddy and in some places slippery. The guide warned early in the hike not to grab onto or lean against trees, so it can get tricky. After the hike through the jungle, it was back to the boat and more crocodiles. They were abundant when we were there. When we stopped for lunch, we opted for beers instead of food, so I can't speak to the quality of the lunch, but people seemed to like it. We hung out outside with some locals who were cleaning fish. The ride back toward Placencia was a little rougher in the afternoon. We hung around watching for manatees for awhile and saw a few. We were back to Placencia by 3PM. Other than the guide not helping people out of the boat in the beginning (which he did the rest of the day), the trip was great. The guide was informative, funny, and accommodated picture taking.

Visited October 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Enjoyable tour...fun for a family!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We took the Monkey River Tour with Percy Gordon of Barebones Tours. He is extremely knowledgable about the wildlife and botanicals of the area. He always has a story to share and is a very personable, unique individual.Percy knows the area well so he knows where to go to find the howler monkeys, crocs, and manatees. We also spied some dolphins along the way. If you have a special interest, he tries to find what you are looking for. Being that this is nature, you may see more or less than expected. We did see a croc, although Percy had to really search the usual hideouts to find one for us. Although there is an abundance of wildlife in the area, you will not see an over abundance. You will have isolated sightings along the way, and having a trained guide, like Percy, will ensure you will see what you are looking for.

About halfway into the trip, Percy docks at a spot along the river to take you on a hike through the jungle in search of monkeys, snakes, spiders, etc. Along the way, he is quick to point out various trees and plants explaining how they can be used for various healing and medicinal purposes.

We stopped at his mother's restaurant, Alice's, for a lunch of rice with beans and chicken. The food was fine. It is a typical Belizian restaurant in a very small village. There were children playing in the river we docked to cool off from the heat of the day.

The tour takes about 5 to 6 hours. Take water to hydrate since it is very hot. Percy did make a pit stop about an hour and a half into the trip and again at lunchtime. Wear sunscreen and hats as you are in the sun on a boat, although some can sit under the canopy for shade. Use a strong bug spray as the mosquitoes are bad in the jungle.

We would recommend this tour, especially for families staying in the area.

Visited March 2013
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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“Fun, interesting tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Took this tour with my family of four (2 boys, age 9 & 14). Enjoyed a 4.5 hour boat tour and good Belizean lunch of chicken and beans/rice. Saw a lot of birds, a few monkeys, crocodiles and manatees. If you're expecting to see dozens of river crocs and hordes of swinging monkeys, you'll be disappointed. The wildlife was somewhat sparse but still interesting. The guides were fantastic- friendly and knowledgeable. Enjoyed seeing the bay, mangroves and river.

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