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“Highlight of our trip”

Tulum Monkey Sanctuary
Ranked #28 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 8 June 2014

Really enjoyed spending time with the monkeys and left feeling really good about spending money on a tour where your money goes to rescuing/protecting monkeys. A lot of the monkeys are in natural habitat with protection from predators. While you cannot see a whole lot of the monkeys that are in the natural habitat, you do get to get up close with six of the monkeys that are in enclosures. For various reasons, there are six monkeys who cannot be released in the general population. If I remember correctly, one lost its paw to an electrical line. One does not know how to climb trees because it was raised in a home and four were in really bad conditions so they have social issues. One of the monkeys just wanted everyone to scratch her back. The volunteers do a great job of providing enclosures that cater to the unique issues of the monkeys. This is not a tour for anyone with mobility issues. You need to wear comfortable walking shoes.
Would recommend this tour to anyone who loves animals.

1  Thank sunloverinatlanta
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

The whole idea and concept of this place is awesome. It's so sad to think what would happen to these monkeys and all the other animals that live there. They are doing great work in conserving nature and the monkeys. We had such a good time and really enjoyed swimming in the cenotes. It was a little scary jumping in the hole, but was well worth it. The whole place is beautiful and well preserved by John, the owner and the awesome volunteers. I would highly recommend visiting if you are in the area.

Thank Amanda J
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Great tour by John. The work that they do is so commendable. It was a true joy to see the monkeys that were all rescued, along with a few dogs (loved them!) and horses and donkeys.

2  Thank altermood
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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

It was pouring with rain when we visited the sanctuary but that did not deter the passionate volunteers from taking us on an informative tour. Meeting the rescue monkeys and hearing thier stories was really interesting, and made you understand the work that still needs to be done within the animal trade in Mexico. At the end of the tour you get to swim in a little cenote with lots of bats which was a great way to finish. We hope Richard and John's amazing work can continue for many years to come!

1  Thank RachelReynolds
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

If you love animals ,then have a visit when in Mexico John and his merry band of volunteers work hard looking after lost and abused dogs ,horses and spider monkeys they are a joy to watch,there are some monkeys in enclosures for there own protection,as they have been kept as pets and wouldn't,t be able to fend for themselves in the wild there are also monkeys outside that are wild and live as nature intended the ones in the enclosures have often been used by people for photos so if you are on holiday in playa del Carmen please don,t have your pic taken in the plaza with the monkeys ,the property at Tms is still being worked on it is not a fun park ,it is a place of respite for these animals and relies on donations to look after the animals there ,I had a wonderful day there and would recommend it to people with a genuine love of animals
There is no fee just a donation of 45 usd

3  Thank Magsan1
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