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The Jungle Place - Tours

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Chemuyil, Mexico
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About The Jungle Place - Tours
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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product-of-canada wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada2,244 contributions820 helpful votes
This was the only activity I pre-paid for before our trip, given its infrequent availability coupled with popularity. This was an amazing experience! It was even better than I had imagined based on photos. It is well worth the $80/USD per person cost. This is out of the way. We got their by collective from Tulum, but had to walk briskly for about 20 minutes on a dirt road. This place is not well labelled at all with signs, and the map they give you by e-mail is poor. We had to ask a few locals if we were on the right track, and a few of them did not even know what we were talking about. I did not expect to be at the facility for so long. I think we were there for close to 3 hours. So budget your time accordingly. The amount of time inside the cage with the monkeys was up to an hour, if I recall correctly. It was a surprisingly long period of time. There were 8 or so monkeys in the cage with us, and 10 people. You may be getting a lot more monkey interaction than you realize. A few of us would, at one time or another, have 3 or 4 monkeys on you all at once, including on the face. This comes with the smells too! One monkey rested its chest on my ear, and I could hear every heartbeat. There can be monkey squabbles while inside the cage, as they compete for the food. They give you instruction on how to handle the situation. At one point two monkeys got into a squabble while standing perched on my wife and I....we had to close and cover our eyes until it was over. There is also the potential of a monkey relieving itself on you, when perched overhead. There were a couple of close calls. My favourite moment was when a younger spider monkey came up to me, laid down on my lap, and attempted to lift my arm to cuddle it. I end my review on that note!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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dolphin_lady wrote a review Mar 2020
Boylston, Massachusetts1,650 contributions124 helpful votes
Last Wednesday amidst all the craziness in the world we had the extreme pleasure of visiting The Jungle Place. There were six of us in our group and we were graciously greeted by Heidi and Joel. The visit with the monkeys was fantastic as usual. I can’t seem to get enough of this place whether it’s being in with the monkeys or sitting quietly on the balcony with Heidi and Joel. I always bring the people who come with me on vacation to see the monkeys and not one of them has ever been disappointed in any way. Thank you Heidi and Joel for everything you do!! Love you both!!!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Alinstlouis wrote a review Feb 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri29 contributions33 helpful votes
First, we have been vacationing together as a couple now for about 11 years (mostly to caribbean destinations) going on 3 or 4 excursions/attractions at least per year and this was our favorite of them ALL!! Honestly! But, we are animal lovers. This was a unique experience for us to learn about and interact personally with these fascinating sweet creatures!! If you love animals and are in Playa Del Carmen, Tulum or even Cancun, try to find time for a visit. We want you to enjoy this as much as we did so know a few things in advance: They are lots of fun and what you are wearing is likely to be very interesting to them - jewelry, watches, flip flops, glasses, hats and stuff like that will need to be removed before going in with them. We just took our usual beach bag that we carry to the beach/pool and put our stuff in there and then put it right back on afterwards). And, apparently lotions, perfumes, repellents etc. can make these little wonders ill so maybe wait until afterwards for those too. We made our reservations online (info@thejungleplace.com) and donations through PayPal. Both were very simple. At the time of our visit, however, the number of monkeys Heidi and Joel had taken in and were caring for had reached 116. You will see 116 keeps them busy and they work very hard, so if you don't get a response immediately please be patient. if you are lucky enough to get a reservation it will be worth it! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did, and if you have a few extra pesos for a tip they are immensely grateful!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jenne Covelli wrote a review Feb 2020
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This was an amazing experience!! I always have to find something to do with animals when traveling. I know there is another place in Cancun where you can see monkeys but it's more of a tourist stop, and get very little time with the monkeys. We started by meeting Heidi - she is the greatest!! We had time to sit and enjoy looking at the monkeys in the caged areas while given instructions on when we go in. Once in the caged area you sit and monkeys galore... they sit anywhere comfortable on you and hang and climb all over. While in the area they take hundreds of photos of you, at no extra charge. I can tell you it's quite and experience! Our whole family had a blast!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Denise wrote a review Feb 2020
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Who knew spider monkeys could be so smart and adorable! Interacting with them was magical! Definitely worth the visit!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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