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“Wonderful monkeys”

Tulum Monkey Sanctuary
Ranked #25 of 83 things to do in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Tulum Monkey Sanctuary was closed on October 13, 2014 due to the death of the owner of the property. Thank you for your support. The Tulum Monkey Sanctuary is a privately owned 60 acre ranch. On the ranch we have 15 rescued Spider Monkeys that live in natural habitats. There are also wild monkeys that pass through on their normal feeding routes. In addition to Spider Monkeys we have saved many, many animals including lots of street dogs. Although the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary is closed at the moment we hope you will support us in our move to the YuCARE Ranch. The YuCARE Foundation will be dedicated to broad based animal rescue (starting with the monkeys of Tulum Monkey Sanctuary) and will be self-sustaining both financially and environmentally.
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“Wonderful monkeys”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

My husband and I visited the sanctuary on the 7th April after having seen such great reviews on trip advisor. I can now add my own to encourage more people to come and visit the sanctuary. It's not just monkeys here, there are crocodiles and deer and soon to be rescued dogs. Luckily it was only my husband and I and we had a great time. We didn't feel rushed and we could spend as much time as we wanted with the monkeys and then walking through the acres of land to have a swim in some beautiful cenotes. Our guide was great and was very friendly and full of information about the sanctuary. The star of the show was Mimi a rescued spider monkey who was trying to fit in with the others but wasn't sure about them. She love d having her back and feet stroked and makes lots of chirruping noises when she was content. If we could we would have taken her home with us. We definitely recommend visiting this sanctuary, the more people that go and visit the more you are helping care for these wonderful animals. It's definitely worth the visit!

Visited May 2013
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“Spectacular Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Booked this tour on a whim; at first my boyfriend & I were going to go to Hidden Worlds Cenotes, but I managed to convince him that this place would be much cooler. Boy were we glad we checked this place out. First off, getting there may seem tricky if you haven't rented a car, or if you don't want to take pricey taxis, fear not, Collectivos will get you most of the way there in no time. We stayed at Sirenis, 3 km outside Akumel & took the Collectivo to Tulum for $3 & the ride took only about 20 minutes. From there we haggeled with taxi drivers where they all congragate beside the Tulum bus station. We got a ride to the Sanctuary for $15 Canadian & were there in about 10-15 minutes. Just tell the Taxi driver it's across the road from rancho santo cruz & they'll know what youre talking about. We had to wait at the front gates for the guide to let us in; at first we thought it sketchy, but no worries, they'll let you in. There were only 2 other people on the tour with us, a couple who was kind enough to give us a ride back to Tulum where we then hopped the Collectivo back to our resort! Our guide was Awesome! You get the feeling instantly that he knows his business & loves what he does. We felt like we were on a private tour which was really cool. We asked lots of questions & he had lots of answers. The tour started off with the monkeys on "Monkey Island", where they all live & have plenty of room to monkey around. We then checked out the chunky monkeys who were being segregated so that they could lose some weight; seriously, these were some chunky monkeys! We got to feed them & scratch there backs through the cages. We went on a hike through the jungle & our guide told us some pretty awesome Mayan legends. We got to see the mud turtles, the alligators, dogs, ducks, horses, & a donkey. There was a nice refreshing dip into a cenote. There was also a cenote you could jump down about 10 feet into and swim under ground to another opening. There was a rickety old suspension bridge that was pretty sweet. We had a blast; lots of info, very informative, & just a good old time. This tour was unlike anything we've ever done in the Riviera Maya; we weren't crammed together with a million other tourists trying to figure out what was going on. A great place for families or couples who want a relaxed tour where they can be enlightened about the dangers the animals are facing from human settlement in the Riviera Maya. Worth every penny, & much cheaper than any other tour we have come across. You will love this place. Support a great cause & have fun along the way!

Visited May 2013
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Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada
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“Excellent Excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

We had a hard time finding the sanctuary but it was well worth the effort to finally get there. We were lucky enough to have only 3 of us in our tour group which led to a real easy going and informative afternoon of walking through the trails, swimming in the 2 cenotes and of course spending time with the monkeys. John is an amazing guide and tells the story of how the sanctuary came to be and what its future holds. Hand feeding the monkeys was a real neat experience and swimming in these cenotes was a great way to cool down after the walk. A great experience with great staff!! They even gave us a ride back to our hotel at the end ( even though we were sitting in the back of the pick-up truck) Very down to earth staff and a reasonable price. A must do if you are in this area.

Visited April 2013
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Turner, Oregon
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“Great tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

I booked this tour the night before as we were staying in Tulum. We took a taxi there and met up with a gentleman who worked there, we chatted with Jonathan while waiting for our tour guide John and the rest of the group. We learned a lot of information and tips from Jonathan, he's full of information:) The tour was wonderful, the monkeys had about 2 1/2 acres fenced and the property held about 60 acres. We saw lots of animals, birds, alligators, fish and of course monkeys. We were filled with lots of history about the land and the area while trekking through the jungle. We dropped into a beutiful cenote and swam through to an opening, just unbelievable wonderful. Our tour guide was well informed. We were not rushed, there were no crowds, we got to relax, take in the views, talk with the owner Richard and feed the monkeys. I loved the tour is was great!

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Stanley427
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
“Tulum Monkey Sanctuary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great place. Friendly and informative staff. Small group style. You can touch the monkeys and after a short hike, cool off in an amazing cenote. We had a perfect time and headed to Coba after. TIPS: bring shoes that are good for water and hiking, wear eco-friendly mosquito repellant (they provide during tour also), go the the website and reserve your spot early!

Visited May 2013
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