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Tulum Monkey Sanctuary
Ranked #29 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 April 23, 2014 via mobile

We loved it! We are animal lovers and we found this experience to be absolutely wonderful! It's a responsible way to enjoy the monkeys unlike the baby monkeys that people take pics with in the malls and tourist areas. Beware those are the guys that kill the mom monkeys to steal their babies. We didn't know that until we went to the monkey sanctuary! Also bring a swimsuit and towel the cenote is awesome!

Thank Jahiggins75
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We booked a tour of the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary last minute because they had availability, and it could have been our best decision of the trip! We had such a great time and absolutely fell IN LOVE with the amazing creatures this sanctuary protects. The history of the sanctuary is interesting and heart-warming, a great story you will surely hear when you visit :) The highlight for us was getting to know and pet Mimi and Pancho, two spider monkeys the sanctuary is currently working on rehabing so they can be released with their general monkey population. We also enjoyed the swim in the cenote as well as the overall vibe of the place. We also had an EXCELLECT guide Fredric who was knowledgable and thoughtful, giving us a good amount of time hanging out with the monkeys, telling great stories, and answering any questions we may have had. My boyfriend and I went here as a couple, but this is a great family stop as well, very kid-friendly. Highly recommended if you find yourself in the wonderful town of Tulum!! Can't wait to return here some day to see how it has grown!

1  Thank hwein11
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

Good people doing great things rescuing spider monkeys. Fantastic and educational visit and tour. Amazing chance to interact with the monkeys, IF they choose to do so with you. Very cool cenote to swim in following the tour. Had a chance to speak to the owner and thanked him for his great work saving the animals.

Thank BazLA
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

My wife and two kids, 4 yrs & 8 yrs old went while vacationing in tulum.
Everyone had a great time. Saw lots of monkeys, interacted
With them them through their pens. Lots of wildlife and beautiful surrounding... A natural setting. At the end we all took a fun swim in a cenote

1  Thank michaelkeegan
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

This attraction was near Tulum and we decided to visit the monkeys after the ruins. By the the photos when booking, we thought it was an interactive tour that let us meet the monkeys and hold them. Unfortunately, that was not the case. We were able to see them through the fence and touch one, but no holding. Our tour guide was new, and in his defense, was only 18 years old and had only been with the company for 3 weeks, but we felt like the first hour was story time about the company and owner. It is great what they are doing here, which is rescuing and rehabilitating monkeys to (hopefully) be released back into the wild. I just wish they were more forthcoming about the type of trip we were booking, and the fault here may have possibly been with the tour company as well (though the company's photos showed people holding monkeys). Either way, it was nice to get out in nature, but wish this were more interactive.

Thank Ashley P
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