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“Wonderful experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tulum Monkey Sanctuary

Tulum Monkey Sanctuary
Ranked #23 of 82 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.
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had the most wonderful and heartening experience touring the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary. We had the chance, here, to see beautiful spider monkeys some in the wild, others rescued from human folly and given a chance to have a great life transitional to the wild again. We also learned a little primate psychology, with a touch of Mayan legend thrown in. It was a delight to be in touch with people (our guide was John) who are very actively transforming the Yucatan in the most positive way. You must go to this inspiring place.

Visited March 2014
Thank Janet M
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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“Awesome tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

We toured the Monkey Sanctuary with John last week, and it was a highlight of our vacation. The property is well-maintained and intimate. We loved the fact that it is not highly commercialized. We also really liked the fact that the staff have a deep passion for the animals and the long-term viability of the sanctuary. This is more than just a money making endeavor. We were lucky enough to be get a private tour with John. He is very knowledgeable and very good with little kids (ours are 5 and 7). The monkeys were very cool. We also saw the crocodile, a myriad of other animals, and swam in a private cenote. All around great experience. Highly recommended for something away from the crowds. You won't regret it!

Visited March 2014
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Tululm Monkey Sanctuary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

I am a regular visitor to Tulum, but this was my first time at the Sanctuary. I would highly recommend spending a day here to anyone who wants to get away from the touristy attractions and spend time in the actual jungle. Space is very limited, so book ahead of time on the website. It is really a private tour of the entire grounds. The spider monkeys in the sanctuary are rescued former pets for the most part, so you can enjoy hand feeding them. They are in different levels of containment, depending on their histories, so some are almost wild. They can choose how close or far they want to be from the humans, so it never feels like they are in a zoo.
There was a mom with a newborn baby just a few feet from us when I was there. She seemed happy to show it to us. Many were swinging in the trees above us. The would come over, check us out, eat some of our peanuts, then go back about their business. They have very distinct personalities, and the guide/manager John does a great job of helping you get to know them. The grounds themselves are amazing. The owner of the property has built an incredible house which is surrounded on 3 sides by a cenote, like a moat. Multi level swimming pools, and terraces, stone construction the beautiful setting really was like a dream house for me. We took a long hike around the property and had the option of jumping in the cenote for a swim. The whole time John educated us on the local ecology, plans for the educational center, and the monkeys. This is just a very well run operation and it is there for the right reasons, so it makes you feel good about being there.

Visited May 2013
Thank JoJozzz
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
“The best part of our trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

This was truly our favorite part of our vacation. It was easy to get to - we took a cab, but it's accessible by bicycle. Our guide was great, he truly cared about the welfare of the amazing monkeys and other animals in the sanctuary, and spoke passionately about everything that the sanctuary stands for. We had 5 people in our tour, and it was beautiful to walk around and learn about the animals. We fell in love with the stories and hardships of the monkeys, as well as the amazing vision and future the sanctuary has planned. I noticed a lot of "animal attractions" in the surrounding area which are profiting off of exploitation, and the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary was a breath of fresh air. They truly care about the well being of the animals, and are committed to them. We were so impressed with everything we experienced, and would recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a day that will live in your heart forever. Also, bring your swimsuit!! The Cenote was AMAZING! Such a perfect way to end your tour. (Make sure to jump in!)

Visited March 2014
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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“Tulum Monkey Sanctuary - Very educational, more great things to come.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

I can't say much more positive remarks than what has already been said.

My girlfriend and I visited February 20th, 2014. John was our guide, and I was impressed with his knowledge he shared about the spider monkeys, and his genuine care and concern for all the wildlife on the sanctuary. It was quickly apparent that John had not only the monkeys welfare in mind, but also the ecosystem and planet in general.

John's vision of the future of this sanctuary were very impressive. Expanding the monkeys environments with taller enclosures that reach up into the canopy - Making growing beds for vegetables, and utilizing the manure from the Tilapia from the Tilapia ponds as fertilizer. Saving 30 acres on the back of the sanctuary to remain untouched. Also, working on accommodations for the sanctuary to have more eco-travelers to volunteer at the location.
[some reviews commented on wishing there were larger enclosures for the animals - well, these things cost $$$ - did you leave a tip?]

It is a little off the beaten path - which was exactly WHY we chose this place. The groups are kept small on purpose, so make sure you reserve in advance. [pics attached]

CENOTE: A nice bonus - make sure to bring your suit. Many may already know about Mexico's Cenotes, as there are numerous one's in the Riveria Maya. If you have limited time, it is nice to get to view and swim in one as part of the sanctuary tour. Especially since this will not be crowded due to the limits of the tour size. Perfect for children - nice wooden stairs to get in and out of the cenote (if you don't jump down the hole =).

GETTING THERE: We were staying in Playa Del Carmen. We took the ADO bus to Tulum (about $7 US), and then caught a cab from Tulum to the sanctuary (10 minute ride). Some people had a cab wait for them, but John was able to call a cab for us when we were done.

HIGHLY RECCOMEND this tour if you are an animal lover.

Jon, you're trail cam will be coming so you hopefully can capture a photo of the chupacabra and Jaguars.


Visited February 2014
Thank FurDog
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