Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals

Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals: Hours, Address, Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals Reviews: 4.5/5

Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals

Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Our Sanctuary is a place where you can find a great variety of primates and other rescued animals. From the majestic and emblematic spider monkey to beautiful rescued capuchin monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs from the faraway lands of Madagascar. Our biggest success is becoming a home for rescued and donated animals of many other species such as goats, deer, and macaws. Come and have fun interacting with a many of them!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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RDR56003
Houston, TX17 contributions
Fun experience— book your tickets and transport on line.
Jun 2021 • Family
My daughter and I did just the animal tour. It was fun and the pace was slow enough that she didn’t get tired from walking. It would be fine for anyone with somewhat limited mobility. There were a few opportunities to interact with the animals and the monkey encounter was neat.

Reserve your tickets in advance on line—you will save about $20 a person. You can request transportation during the on line purchase. If you don’t it seems to be Impossible to add it later. Two emails and what’s app messages later I got no response to my request to add it. They sell you photos at the end if you are interested. It was $60 for everything. I suspect you could bargain them down but we didn’t. The cab ride from our nearby hotel was $50 round trip which is kind of ridiculous.

Overall a fun experience.
Written June 22, 2021
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Larmar
Akron, OH34 contributions
The ATVs and cenote make the trip worth it!
Jun 2021
Absolutely a blast riding ATVs to the cenote and swimming, although the handsome man with the man-bun was grouchy. The ATVs are so easy to ride, no clutch or shifting, just go and stop. The ride was FUN. The cenote was really nice and so refreshing. They give you just the right amount of time there. The monkey sanctuary part was just ok. We didn’t get a lot of the animals' back stories, and felt a little rushed. You could only interact with one monkey, and it mostly sat on your head. Pictures are pricey but worth it.
Written June 16, 2021
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Hello Lamarvin, we are happy to know that you really enjoyed the ATV tour and your time in the cenote. We know that for many, the time of bonding with the monkeys seems short, but it is the right time for them, these programs were created by experts in animal welfare and are designed so that the welfare of the specimen is guaranteed. Hope you can understand. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with users and for helping us to continue with this great project.
Written June 17, 2021
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Shannon
South Jordan, UT19 contributions
Loved having the monkey climbing all over us!
Jun 2021
We had a great time with Marcos, learning about all of the rescued monkeys and other animals at the sanctuary. We had a great time on our tour, and especially during our monkey interaction. I even messed up our plans that morning, and missed our ride there because we had to do our Covid tests for our return to the US, They were so accommodating and willing to work with us and allowed us to come that afternoon so we could still enjoy this activity. This was the activity my daughter was most looking forward to so I am very grateful they were willing to work with us. This is a great place to visit and I felt good about supporting their efforts to save these animals. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the Playa del Carmen area!
Written June 6, 2021
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Hello GrammyShannon! Thank you very much for visiting us. We are very happy to know that you and your family, liked our Sanctuary and our work We appreciate that you have shared your experience with TripAdvisor users and that you help people who have not yet decided to visit us to come and know about our project. We hope to see you again very soon. Greetings
Written June 14, 2021
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Shannon
South Jordan, UT19 contributions
Educational, interesting, and so much fun!
Jun 2021
We had such a great time with Marcos learning about all the rescued animals at the sanctuary! Love the work they are doing here We absolutely loved our interactions with the monkeys - couldn't stop smiling. I even messed up the plans that morning and missed our first ride, and called and had to reschedule for the afternoon after our Covid tests and they were so accommodating in working with us so we could still have our experience. This was the activity my daughter was most looking forward to so I was so grateful for their understanding and help. Definitely worth a visit!!!
Written June 6, 2021
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Hello GrammyShannon! Thank you very much for visiting us. We are very happy to know that you and your family, liked our Sanctuary and our work We appreciate that you have shared your experience with TripAdvisor users and that you help people who have not yet decided to visit us to come and know about our project. We hope to see you again very soon. Greetings
Written June 14, 2021
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Nanci D
1 contribution
Chance of a lifetime opportunity!
Jun 2021
My husband and I and our 5 kids (ages 10-19) definitely loved our visit to the Akumal animal sanctuary. It was not on our agenda of things to do while in Playa Del Carmen and we decided to go at the last minute, but we're very very glad we did. Angel was a fantastic tour guide and seeing all the animals was really fantastic. The experience interacting with the monkeys though (Tomasa in our case) was unforgettable and what made the experience a definite favorite for our trip. We also loved supporting such an important organization in the great work they're doing. Would definitely recommend this experience.
Written June 6, 2021
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Hello 419nancid! Thank you very much for visiting us. We are very happy to know that you and your family, liked our Sanctuary and our work We appreciate that you have shared your experience with TripAdvisor users and that you help people who have not yet decided to visit us to come and know about our project. We hope to see you again very soon. Greetings
Written June 14, 2021
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Elena W
Denver, CO2 contributions
Good for kids and adults
May 2021
This was a fantastic tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and kind. The kids really enjoyed seeing the wildlife, and interacting with the animals. The adults appreciated the more nuanced presentation on wildlife protection in Mexico. Well worth the cost!
Written June 2, 2021
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Hello 879elenaw, we are very happy to know that your experience at the Sanctuary was great. We appreciate your visit since with it you help us to continue working for the welfare of animals. Thanks and regards
Written June 14, 2021
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Steve S
Chicago, IL5 contributions
Well worth the price of admission
May 2021
This experience was definitely more than expected. It started out with our tour guide, Gina, giving us detailed information and instructions to set our expectations on the tour. When we began the tour, it really was amazing. It focuses on the monkeys, especially the ones in the region, but they also have a lot of other animals that they took in to the sanctuary because they were either used as pets or as "show" animals by inconsiderate parties. There were also monkeys that were not native to the region in mexico which were delightful to look at. Gina was super nice and an amazing wealth of information. We definitely couldn't thank her enough.

The Cenote swim wasn't my thing, but my girlfriend enjoyed swimming and exploring the cave. Definitely worth the price of admission.

Pro Tip: We didnt get sunburn, as there seemed to be a lot of tree coverage, so the organic sunblock might not be necessary but definitely get some chemical free bug spray on you, the citronella bracelets don't work. The mosquitos (and ants!) were no joke.
Written June 2, 2021
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Hello StevensonJames! Thank you very much for visiting us. We are very happy to know that you liked our Sanctuary and our work and that your girlfriend enjoyed the cenote, too. We appreciate that you have shared your experience with TripAdvisor users and that you help people who have not yet decided to visit us to come and know about our project. We hope to see you again very soon. Greetings
Written June 14, 2021
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Pamelą E
9 contributions
Awesome experience
May 2021 • Couples
It was a great experience, you are able to appreciate the relationship between humans and animals. We were able to interact with some of them and it was the funnest thing. The guide was very nice and informative totally recommend!!
Written May 31, 2021
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Hello pamel_e2016, we are very happy to know that your experience at the Sanctuary was great. We appreciate your visit since with it you help us to continue working for the welfare of animals. Thanks and regards
Written June 14, 2021
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Nick Engels
Antwerp, Belgium6 contributions
Best Animal Experience ever!!
May 2021
Totally recommend to give this a visit!! The price might scare some people away, but knowing that it is being used to help the animals who are very well taken care off should be enough reason to go for it (they keep building bigger & better living quarters for every animal + have projects to release animals that can handle it back into the wild)

Besides this you have a great guide giving you awesome information (different languages available) & of course interacting with the animals (holding a parrot, a snake, a cute monkey, petting goats, seeing deer up close...) is 1 of the most incredible animal experiences i've ever had!!!

Thank you for an amazing tour!
Written May 28, 2021
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Hello, nickengels, thank you very much for visiting us. We are happy to know that your experience in charge of Ángel was totally satisfactory and that you have empathized with our care and rescue project. We thank you very much for your visit because, with the money raised, we can continue working for and for the animals. We also appreciate that you have taken the time to share your experience with TripAdvisor users, it really helps us a lot. Greetings!
Written June 14, 2021
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LISA U
LOS ANGELES15 contributions
Akumal Monkey Sanctuary
May 2021 • Solo
i absolutely love animals and animal rescue and this place was amazing. it was such a cool experience to have a small monkey jump on your head, sit in your lap and learn the backstory of all the saved animals. I saw loads of animals and monkeys that were unique to me in beautiful natural habitats. the guide was great and tons of wonderful people work there. they are also highly generous with their transportation drop offs! a place i wont soon forget!
Written May 24, 2021
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Hello LISATRAVELSKINDLY! Thank you very much for visiting us. We are very happy to know that you liked our Sanctuary and our work. We appreciate that you have shared your experience with TripAdvisor users and that you help people who have not yet decided to visit us to come and know about our project. We hope to see you again very soon. Greetings
Written June 14, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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