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“Banos Zoo”

Zoologico de San Martin
Reviewed January 2, 2014

I am not a big fan of zoos in general. However, its a nice walk (30 mins) from Banos. The setting is gorgeous - on side of the pastaza river gorge that flows through banos. If you like zoos then you can see lots of south American animals in captivity. The zoo also has nicely documented signs in front of the galleries in English with a short description of the animals and their conservation state

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Not the nicest zoo with the most animals, but my children liked the fact that the animals were easy to see. It is some walking up and down stairs and there are a few monkeys loose. The animals do act like they have been fed by guests.

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

Yes it is a zoo so animals are kept in confined cages but I didn´t think the conditions were that bad/different than US zoos (not counting san diego). The zoo is split into 2, the upper part is birds, the lower part is mammals. So perhaps some of the previous reviewers that mentioned this was more of an aviary missed the entire bottom section?

I saw a jaguar up real close, I could walk right up to the fence, put my camera in between the bars and take a picture of a sleeping jaguar about 5 feet away. I saw a parahuaco which is a big, fluffy monkey that was very strange looking and unique. they have some other monkeys as well.

There are a fair amount of stairs so seniors should be aware. It is NOT wheelchair accessible.

It was definitely worth the $2.50 entrance and I spent probably about an hour. I would recommend that aquaruim/serpentarium/aviary across the street as well. They also had mammals as well.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Like other travelers have mentioned, some of the animals, specifically the condor, were probably in cages that were too small, though it wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be. Unfortunately, a lot of the animals were acting like they were looking for food (and they even sell food inside the park), so they are probably getting fed and no one is doing anything about it. There was also a stray monkey that had gotten out of one of the cages, we think, that was running around eating berries from the trees. There was also a group of people touching the capuchin monkeys though the gap in one of the doors, which was a rather uncomfortable thing to watch.

For $2.50 it just depends on how much you want to stomach. There are a lot of stairs, so not suggested for those who may not be able to do that with ease.

Thank LauraMurcielaga
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

My husband and I ventured out to the zoo today. It was probably around 20-25 minutes walking from the bus station, but there were many buses going out there/waiting to bring you back to town.

I had very low expectations going into the experience, but it was a gorgeous setting on the side of the mountain with views over the river and different look-out points along the trails. As many other reviewers have said: The animals looked bored and the cages could have been bigger, but it wasn't terrible. It was probably much closer than you would ever get to some of the animals at a zoo in the developed world, so that was nice. And it was only $2.50 per person.

I actually enjoyed the second zoo across the street more than the official zoo. It says it's an aquarium and exotic bird area, but they also have llamas, rams, crocodiles, lizards, (too many) snakes and much more. The birds were more interesting at that zoo (loved the flamingos!). It was much better than I expected. I would review it as well, but it's not on TripAdvisor. $2 entrance fee.

Thank kokusai
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