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.
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