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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.
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
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“Must do!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

I'd highly recommend this "tour" for any fun loving, outdoorsy person out there. The manager likes to keep groups small so you get an upclose and intimate experience (and keep the wildlife as preserved from large groups getting out of control stomping around) and it was such a joy seeing the monkeys, birds and wildlife without a bunch of extra noise. The sanctuary is primarily run by volunteers, except for the manager of the property, and all money from the tours goes directly into building up the habitat and helping the animals... this just doesnt happen anymore! The volunteers we experienced that led the tour and joined were amazing and you could really tell how much they cared about the work they were doing and the animals they were helping. As for the tour, you get to see animals, walk through the jungle and then end with a nice dip in the cenote on the property (MUST DO if you can swim). It's a wonderfully preserved piece of land and I hope they are able to continue doing what they are doing for years to come. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended.

Visited February 2014
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“A good experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

The owner & staff are very passionate about what they're doing here. The atmosphere is very laid back and the tour was very interesting. Very unlike anything you'll find elsewhere in Mexico!

Visited January 2014
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Waterford, New York
2 reviews
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“Extremely wonderful experience, genuinely caring guide and staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

Caring staff from arrival,during and at departure. Guide was clearly passionate and loving. A must! Satisfied..100%

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Palm Springs, California
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“Funny monkeys but you got to love them”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

I was very impressed the Mexican authorities kept these animals in excellent conditions versus the animal exploitation I experienced in La Quinta Avenida. This place its worth the trip

Visited January 2014
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Great experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

My girlfriend and I visited the Monkey Sanctuary the 28th of january, and we had a really enjoyable day there. It is a very exciting place and very well-run. You get to see some incredibly interesting and cute animals, get some fascinating information about the jungle and the wildlife, and you get to swim in a beautiful cenote. Furthermore, the guides are extremely good at their (volunteer) job! You really feel welcome and appreciated as a visitor and clearly sense how dedicated these people are at this project. If you are near Tulum, it is DEFINITELY worth a visit.

Morten (the big guy) & Isabella

Visited January 2014
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