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“An experience you will never forget”
Review of Alouatta Sanctuary

Alouatta Sanctuary
Ranked #28 of 45 things to do in Boquete
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: DAY GUEST: We welcome those who wish to learn about our research, view the animals, and explore the Batipa Wildlife Preserve on Friday only. Tours start at 9 am and end at 12 pm. You can access us by boat or a car with clearance.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“An experience you will never forget”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

On our Panama trip, this visit made the most impression. We will never forget this. So if you still doubt to go after reading all the great stories on tripadvisor; please go! You will have a fantastic experience, and your money is well spent; you support this great project. It is sad that projects as this ar needed in this world, but great that there are people who do this.
It is very interesting to see those young and kind students doing there job. They share their knowledge with you. You can ask anything.
Very nice to have shared the meals with them. Nice talks, good laughs. They really to their utmost to cook great meals. We learned something good of them; dont throw food away. Now we are at home, we recycle our leftovers as well. So we learned something..
The interactions with the monkeys; we will never forget. They really see you as their surogate mum. Cute!
The only thing what we found a little bit disappointing after reading all those great story's, was that the owner Judy, was not very hospitaly.

Visited March 2013
3 Thank Olga d
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Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Alouatta Sanctuary is heaven for howler monkeys and humans”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Thank you to Jolie and Seth and their amazing staff and the volunteer interns for sharing their day with us last week while we were in Panama. Never before have we been able to experience being with animals in their natural environment in this kind of amazing setting. The Alouatta property is extensive and naturally beautiful and before we even drove through the dates Seth had us out the car to quietly watch a troop of howlers in the trees beside the road. There were about 14 of them (adults and babies) and it was a real privilege to be so up close with these gentle magnificent primates. Once we actually arrived at the sanctuary we were overwhelmed with the cuteness of Mojo, Coco and Nina Simone, the 3 baby howlers currenty being rehabiliated by Alouatta. Seth and Jolie and their crew made us feel like we were just a part of their organization. They served a delicious lunch and just let us hang out all day. My husband even went back very early the next morning to accompany one of their students on a frog identifying and spotting mission. Alouatta is a special place. This is not a zoo, nor is it formal in anyway. If you are looking for a precision timed, air-conditioned, gift shop kind of place and don't want to experience animals in a close-up way this is not the place for you. If you respect animals and are a proponent for conservation and sustainability this is the perfect place for you. You will learn so much and leave with a huge smile on your face and amazing memories. Thank you Alouatta - we wish you well in all your endeavours.

Visited February 2013
3 Thank Tina H
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Alexandria, Virginia
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2013

The experience brought me to tears. In a good way. I would never go to a zoo so being able to see and interact with monkeys in a natural setting (no cages) was an experience I'll never forget. Set on 40 acres of beautiful flower filled jungle, this was the highlight of our entire trip to Panama. We learned Howler monkeys need their mothers for nurturing or they’ll die from depression. Several of them were young orphans who look to humans as their “mom” they are super gentle and love to cuddle and hang on your shoulders. This place is not an amusement park, it’s a sanctuary. It's the real deal. This is a group of committed people: primatologists and scientists trying to make a difference for wildlife. The ultimate goal is to get these babies to being monkeys in their natural environment. We felt warmly welcomed by Seth, Jolie and their interns who really hope to get the word out about their project. They’re also doing work to help the local Indigenous Indians. If you are anywhere in the Chiriqui Province, this is not to be missed. Thank you for letting us have this amazing experience. - lori and doug

Visited February 2013
4 Thank radiogirlpuppy
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Volcan, Panama
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unforgettable wildlife experience.”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

I was relaxing in a chair after the tour and one of the young howler monkeys (Maisie) came on to my lap with her young baby and feel asleep.
This is one wildlife experience I will never forget as long as I live.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank David D
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fascinating visit to Alouatta Monkey Sanctuary”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Our family of 5 (3 teens) visited the Sanctuary last month and had a fascinating time talking with the staff that run the sanctuary and interacting with the howler monkeys. There was a mother and baby that we interacted with, as well as three others that were in quarantine. The staff are very knowledgable and led us on a great hike through some of the trails around the sanctuary where we could hear and see other monkeys and wildlife.
You need a jeep to get up to the sanctuary however.
Well worth the visit.

Visited November 2012
Thank mikerosiepanama
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