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The Jungle Place - Tours

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Address: | Near Playa Del Carmen, Chemuyil, Mexico
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+52 984 116 9777
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The Jungle Place is a licensed sanctuary for the endangered Spider Monkey....

The Jungle Place is a licensed sanctuary for the endangered Spider Monkey. They rescue and rehabilitate orphaned monkeys who were victims of the illegal pet trade, poaching, habitat destruction and exploitation. All too often these beautiful, highly intelligent primates become victims when humans and nature collide in a natural paradise like The Riviera Maya. The in-person tours they offer to help support the sanctuary are the very definition of sustainable and ecologically responsible tourism.The owners, Heidi and Joel, are a wonderful couple who originally moved to the area to retire but instead devoted their lives to care for these rescued monkeys. They provide them with an incredible amount of love, individual attention, medical care and specialized diets, all within a beautiful and meticulously well-kept habitat right in their native jungle.Visit in-person to meet the owners and the monkeys, view the facilities and habitat, and see first-hand the level of care that your donation helps provide. Be sure to reserve your tour well in advance, as they allow only a very limited number of visits per week.

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5* isn't enough!! Out of this world experience!

We visited today and I just had to write a review today after having had the most amazing experience! Heidi and Joel were perfect hosts and made us feel so welcome from the moment... read more

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited today and I just had to write a review today after having had the most amazing experience! Heidi and Joel were perfect hosts and made us feel so welcome from the moment we arrived! What they do for these animals is truly wonderful and you can tell they put their heart and soul into doing all they can... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I concur with all of the positive comments about The Jungle Place. We visited in late April 2017. Heidi and Joel have privately developed what appears to be a very large and well run sanctuary for Spider Monkeys. There are close to 90 individual monkeys now under their care. They do a very nice job of making you feel at... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to visit this amazing place. It was undoubtedly the highlight of our visit to Mexico. Heidi and Joel were such warm and gracious hosts and it was as much of a pleasure meeting them as it was meeting the beautiful creatures that they care for. If you can only do one... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were so lucky to get the opportunity to visit The Jungle Place. Heidi and Joel have the most beautiful home and are so kind to let us share it for a chance to meet the most beautiful, tactile and gorgeous characters I have ever seen. This is not like any trip you can do, a small group of you... More 

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3 Thank ooonagie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2017

We were in Playa Del Carmen for a week and packed a lot in, but this by far was the highlight of our entire trip. We went to Cozumel, we went to Tulum, we visited lots of highly recommended restaurants/tourist attractions, etc... But The Jungle Place was our favorite. The couple that runs this place TRULY cares about the health... More 

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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2017

This is a once in a lifetime experience, but let me caution you--it is not for all. My family of 7 (ages 10-67) visited here recently. Let it be known that the monkeys crawl all over you, may hug you, may sit on your head or any other place they so desire, look for bugs in your hair, etc. The... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

This place is incredible and so worth the trip. Heidi and Joel really care about the monkeys and are able to provide visitors with a once in a lifetime experience. The monkeys are so cute and playful and amazing to be around. We will definitely come back on our next trip to Mexico!

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Traverse City, Michigan
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2017

What a hidden gem! We've looked at the Jungle Place a couple times as an optional excursion in this area. We passed it up as the price was high for our family of 6 for what seemed like an hour long experience. We finally pulled the trigger this year and we couldn't be happier! Heidi and Joel are dedicated to... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

We had the most special time with these endangered spider monkeys. This place is run by the lovely Heidi and Joel and is not at all commercial and has a very relaxed feel. You do need to book in advance, possibly emailing a few times. You go in and sit with the monkeys who will climb/sit/walk over you! Heidi and... More 

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4 Thank Vicky W
Hoi An, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2017 via mobile

Our family of five really enjoyed our visit to The Jungle Place. Heidi and Joel are very kind people who truly care about their monkey family. We were able to have lots of interaction with the monkeys. It was fascinating to see their individual personalities come out during our visit...from Eshelle the affectionate hugger to Luna who doesn't like to... More 

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