Monkey River Eco Tours
Monkey River Eco Tours
4.5
Scuba & SnorkellingBoat ToursKayaking & Canoeing
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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BKinIthacaNY
Ithaca, New York, United States55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Akeem Williams, Cultural Experience Belize, picked us up at the lagoon side dock at Umaya where we were staying, avoiding us having to spend any time driving on roads. We boated over to Monkey River and saw crocodiles, iguanas, ibis, herons, egrets, Montezuma oropendola, and a band of male howler monkeys making the loudest noises ever! Truly amazing. Afterwards, we stopped in Monkey River village for a traditional lunch -- very tasty. Throughout, Akeem shared local history, culture, and traditions with us. Highly recommended. A great time.
Written March 2, 2020
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Sandra V
Ontario, OR52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went out with our guide Terry who lives in the village of monkey river, and he was so fun and knowledgeable. My husband and I are wildlife biologists and he knew and taught us all the names of the birds we saw. He had an eagle eye and even managed to find a boa constrictor deep in the trees. He made sure we saw howler monkeys and manatees as well. He went above and beyond our expectations. We had a delicious traditional meal in his village and he talked about how they did things when he was growing up. He was such a pleasure to spend the day with. HIGHLY recommend this tour. One note: DEFINITELY bring bug spray and long sleeves for the short hike in the jungle it is swarming with mosquitoes
Written February 7, 2020
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echantelois
Seattle, WA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Ralph is a local from Monkey River Town and has an obvious appreciation and broad knowledge of the flora and fauna found in the river and jungle. He is great at spotting and pointing out exotic birds, crocodiles, howler monkeys, and herbs and other plants. He is eager to share his knowledge and passion for the area. Others lead tours of Monkey River, but I highly recommend booking with Ralph, owner of Monkey River Eco Tours.
Written January 5, 2020
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Sue P
East providence2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Unfortunately for my family of five this tour was not as interesting as we would’ve liked. The guides were nice but we are hoping for a bit more than what I would consider to have been a bird tour and a fast boat ride where we basically got pretty wet. The stop to the one room shop where you had to pay in order to use the bathroom was a bit of a turn off.
This may be someone else’s type of tour to enjoy we just personally did not feel the tour was interesting enough. It was more of a bird tour in my opinion. Monkeys were basically non existent on our tour.
Written January 19, 2020
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bcaseres322
Long Beach, CA12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
If the NCL tour description was 1/2 of what we experienced it would have been a nice tour.

It did not start of well as they put too many passengers onto the boat use for the tour. 4 less people would have made for a comfortable ride. It takes 30-40 minutes to get to the river from the dock. Squished together shoulder to shoulder made it an unpleasant 30-40 minute ride.

The guides were knowledgeable about the local habitat and did their best to point out the few birds and other animals we did encounter. Not a fault of the tour , maybe just the time of year.

Once you depart the boat for the walk through the forest it is on a narrow path single file. Due to the large group, you cannot hear the guide if you are in the middle to back of the line.

Take bug repellent and not mosquito spray. We took bug repellent and were not bothered. Those that used mosquito spray were being bitten.

We did see two monkeys high in the tree and a few more birds.
Once the land portion of the tour was over back onto the overcrowded boat for the long ride back. They did stop for a few minutes at a store so you could get a cold drink.

Save your money and find another tour.
Written May 20, 2022
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kidkeper
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I took this tour because I wanted to visit the jungles in Belize. I was a solo passenger so I grabbed a single seat in the back of the boat just to the drivers left. I thought it was the best choice to see everything ahead of me as we came to it. I was informed I would probably get wet. I shrugged it off and was then told, you will defintely get soaked. If I now objected to it, who would have traded seats with me after that statement? I was given a towel and I held it in front of my face almost the whole way. I was totally drenched, had saltwater in my eyes and didnt get to see anthing from my prized vantage point. However, I was forewarned... Since I was sitting by the motor and the guide was in front of me facing forward, I couldnt hear what he was saying. I even reminded him a few times to turn his mic on but even that didn't help much. The next thing was the worst though. As we neared the island, probably a few miles out still, the waves got extremely choppy. It seemed the boat was hitting them head on. This went on for several minutes but felt like an eternity. I honestly thought we were going to capsize! Maybe they knew what they were doing, or due to my earnest praying, we finally made it to shore. Since I was the last one off the boat, I was last in the single file line for our very short excursion to the jungle. I had read the suggestions to wear long pants, long sleeves and bug spray. Even though I was soaked head to toe in saltwater, the mosquitos didnt bother me. Once again, the guide faced forward and spoke as he walked. I heard nothing. No monkeys howled, no birds sang, no snake hissed. Not the guides fault there I admit. We got back on the boat in a matter of minutes. Stopped at a little shanty to pay a buck to use the toliet then headed back. It was a smoother return trip. I enjoyed the scenery and the few animals we actually got glimpses of. Not the trip into the jungle I had dreamed of but more a memory of the time I survived a trip to Monkey Island.
Written October 26, 2023
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belrangodoucet
Almonte, Canada110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We booked this tour with our cruise line and it was well worth the $$. Elvis our guide and our captain went above and beyond in search of interesting wild life. Not you average backyard and they were excellent. They found Howler Monkeys, gators, lots of birds, turtles, bats, tarantulas, snakes, iguanas just to name a few. They made it interesting and fun. We stopped twice for different hikes we would do this again!
Written March 20, 2020
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Kristin
Corvallis, OR2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Ralph was a wealth of knowledge with decades of experience and a keen eye. The hike through the jungle was very fun and the sounds of the howler monkeys were unlike anything we’ve heard before. Ralph went above and beyond to find multiple howler monkey troops and he even made an extra stop off the river so we could see several of them up close. We saw bats, iguanas, blue crabs, a crocodile, and many beautiful birds. We learned about the medicinal benefits of some of the plants and got to smell several herbs. Due to Ralph’s patience and generosity, we enjoyed an additional hour on our tour which ended with several manatee sightings!
Written July 3, 2023
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Bob M
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The whole experience was amazing. The guide was very knowledgeable and our boat captain was very capable. We had the absolute best experience and were able to witness a crocodile and some Howler Monkeys in their natural habitat. Just a wonderful experience I would recommend to everyone.
Written February 5, 2024
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Tonya M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The absolute best Tour guide in Belize!! Brent Young truly cares about his groups he takes. He wants to ensure everyone has a safe great adventurous experience. He is experienced and knowledgeable and knows exactly where to take his groups to obtain the best memorable moments. He provided a home cooked hot meal that was delicious! Absolutely loved the tour and will go again when we return.
Written February 1, 2024
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