I have always been fascinated with monkeys, and I was grateful to learn about Monkey Island from tripadvisor. Be aware, there are many "tour guides" who will take your money, to take you there. It is NOT necessary to do that. You can take a speed boat from the dock. The boats are public transportation, and will not leave until the boat is full, so you may end up having to wait a little while for the trip, but for only 6 sol each way, who can complain. The taxi boat takes you to another side of Iquitos. From there, you will be picked up by the boat that takes you to Monkey Island. YOU DO HAVE TO CALL AHEAD, TO LET THEM KNOW WHEN YOU EXPECT TO BE THERE, SO THEY CAN PICK YOU UP. There is no charge for this boat ride, as it is included in your tour, but we did tip our driver. The "donation" at the island for the tour is 20 sol. We had thought we'd need about 2 hours to see everything, and had told our driver to be back at that time, HOWEVER, since we were the only ones there that day, we could quickly see our tour would be over much sooner than we expected. Luckily the driver was still there, and we asked him to wait another half hour for us, which he was happy to do. If there are no other visitors, plan on visiting about 40 minutes. We got some GREAT pictures, and would HIGHLY recommend visiting the island.
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