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“Take time to Monkey Around”

Tulum Monkey Sanctuary
Ranked #28 of 89 things to do in Tulum
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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.
Reviewed December 2, 2013

WOW....What a wonderful day. Our group of 4 joined 2 others for a tour with James. First of all let me say that James was "Outstanding". He was such a joy, very knowledgeable, and allowed us to take all the time we wanted in each section of the sanctuary. The monkey's were out and about, very visible. We were even able to go into the cages with one of the monkey's (Mia), and got a lot of great pictures.

Walking in the jungle was very interesting as well, and the cenote for swimming was a real treat (and Beautiful) after walking around all morning.

This is a "Not to Miss" opportunity for all ages.

Thank TPH_12
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

The other reviews have covered it well. The Tulum Monkey Sanctuary is a jungle ranch open to two small group tours each day—not a major professional attraction. It's a labor of love working hard to get by, and visiting it is like meeting friends of friends. Nothing about the tour we got from John felt packaged or controlled. Questions were answered conversationally, and as long as we didn't go missing, all of us had the opportunity to hang back and check things out as our fancy struck. At one point John went elsewhere on a short errand and as I milled around, I saw that he'd let two of our group into one of the large monkey enclosures: a man sat cross-legged on the ground petting Mimi, the monkey, on his lap, while his four-year-old daughter stood closely by.

The cenote swim near the end looked like a blast. I don't swim, so all I could do was take pictures, but it was almost as fun to watch as it must have been to do. I have to say it again: this is more like visiting a cool friend's house than taking a tour. There are no bus groups here. It was a highlight of our trip.

2  Thank JohntheEditor
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you are in the area this is a must! A great way to see some of the indigenous wildlife of the jungle with informative and interesting guides. Flora, fauna, rescued monkeys and the opportunity to swim through cenotes...a fantastic experience!

1  Thank Amaruthar
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Oh My God! A primate lover's paradise. I really enjoyed being at the Monkey Sanctuary last week! Thanks to Alexandre, Carlos ,and all the other nice volunteers.

IF IN THE AREA, DO NOT MISS THIS CHANCE TO RELATE TO A LITTLE MONKEY!
I am very happy I found out about it.

2  Thank Florence A
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

The sanctuary is as close to nature as can be, while making it a workable site for the care and management of so many animals that would otherwise have perished. We were shown around by John, who is incredibly enthusiastic, knowledgable and has an endless supply of interesting stories. He was totally honest about all aspects of the sanctuary and of the monkeys' wild nature: they are not made out to be cute and cuddly creatures, but really intelligent, social and wild animals.

Getting to walk around the virgin forest was also well worth the visit, as was the 12' jump into a cenote!

1  Thank mjcharkow
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