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Tulum Monkey Sanctuary

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Address: Km 6 Coba Road | Direclty in front of Rancho Santa Cruz, Tulum, Mexico
09:00 - 09:01
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Sun 09:00 - 09:01
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Tulum Monkey Sanctuary was closed on October 13, 2014 due to the death...

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.

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The Monkey Sanctuary that my daughter and I visited was in Akumal. We took a collecto bus from Tulum and walked to the sanctuary from there. It was an easy, safe walk that was an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Monkey Sanctuary that my daughter and I visited was in Akumal. We took a collecto bus from Tulum and walked to the sanctuary from there. It was an easy, safe walk that was an adventure in itself! The sanctuary was serene and the tour was informational and having the little monkeys climb on you was a very special experience... More 

Thank noire48
Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were advised by our concierge that we should book an excursion to this place as just going there for the sanctuary tour was incredibly overpriced. Fernando(?) was our tour guide and seemed very impressive. He's young, knows 7 or 8 languages, has been all over the world (except 3 countries) and is a zoologist. Very impressive. Was disappointed that... More 

Thank Patrice P
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited with two 4 year olds, and they loved it! Alex, out guide, was excellent. Might be too long for children younger than 4. Well worth the cost. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation for a tour, as that is the only option.

Thank Liza H
Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Oh and a few Ostrich as well.... What a great trip to learn about what's being done to protect the animals, plus a chance to interact with many, including monkeys, lemurs & deer!

Thank dayzed007
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

As we were driving into Tulum, we passed several signs advertising this place. We decided to swing by and see what it was like. After driving down a long, dirt road, and feeling like we were heading into the middle of nowhere, we finally came upon it. I'm sure what they're doing there is great for the animals, but boy... More 

2 Thank Diana_Gashef
Chelsea, Michigan
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

A great place, but closed because of owner's death in 2015 or 16. They had rescue animals and treated them very well. Student interns were an essential part of the program. Too bad they had to close.

Thank TankahTres
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We arrived early in the afternoon and it seemed that we were the only ones there. We walked into the office and negotiated our tour. We were offered several confusing options, and the prices seemed to change at random. There was no signage listing prices, so we asked to just see the monkeys for 1 hour. Our guide was the... More 

Thank Hillary M
Brooklyn Park, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

In an effort to help those as confused as I was, I want to report that the Tulum Sanctuary is closed!! Any reviews you are reading are referring to Jungle Place (run by Heidi) or the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary (just opened summer 2016) I tried to go to Jungle Place, but they require a reservation and were booked past my... More 

10 Thank Lisa T
Whitney Point, New York
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

What can you say about these wonderful people ( Heidi and Joel, David) We have had the pleasure to have visited them I believe our 4th time and every time it gets better. We already are set for our next trip there. this is a must do if you enjoy something different you don't always get to see and do

2 Thank Bill H
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

On one of the days while staying in Mexico my friends and I decided to do the all day VEA ATV Tour and it was probably one of the best decisions we made all week! Our tour guide was Baltazar and he was the best! He made the entire experience smooth and unforgettable. Baltazar and his team were extremely kind... More 

Thank Kimberly M

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