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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
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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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Awesome afternoon!

My husband, myself, our 19year old son and friend spent the afternoon with John at the monkey sanctuary. It is awesome to see the work these people do to rescue not only monkeys... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 July 2014
Conroe, Texas
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Conroe, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

My husband, myself, our 19year old son and friend spent the afternoon with John at the monkey sanctuary. It is awesome to see the work these people do to rescue not only monkeys, but a camel, dogs, horses, llamas, etc. it was so much fun seeing the monkeys up close and learning about them. At the end of the tour,... More 

Thank DebN15
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Very low key but in a good way. If you enjoy animals and want to give your money to a good cause, I'd definitely recommend.

Thank jfesposi
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

This sanctuary focuses on the conservation and preservation of endangered and injured spider monkeys. Not only was the tour educating and interactive it was extremely rewarding knowing that your presence there supports the continuation of this incredible project. Much love to Jon and the team! Would recommend this tour to any and all who are in the Tulum area.

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dedham, ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

The price was reasonable and the the experience was amazing. Our trip was all about family and giving my children a chance to learn more about Mexico. Our experience at the TMS has increased our awareness of some of the ecological issues the Yucatan is experiencing and we learned a great deal about the animals that have found a home... More 

Thank wackyjacqui
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

The owner of this sanctuary was very dedicated to his cause of helping rehabilitate and rescue animals and do so sustainably and humanely. He also has a camel on his property that he rescued from a circus, and it was really interesting to meet him. The way he takes care of his monkeys and transitions them gradually and sensitively is... More 

Thank Garrett D
New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

This sanctuary specializes in taking care of spider monkeys but also take in other animals as well. When we went they just adopted some circus animals and also some baby skunks that lost its mom in a car accident. The staff was super friendly and told us about their plans for integrating the monkeys back into the wild. You could... More 

Thank Wendy Y
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

July 5th is my lovely wife's birthday and she announced that we were going to hop in a taxi and rumble our way out into the jungle near Tulum to see some monkeys. "Oh great," I thought to myself "I get to leave behind the snorkeling and free beer to get eaten by mosquitoes." The driver didn't really know where... More 

Thank LsDano2
Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

You spend most of your time seeing the monkeys, of course. I felt a little sad interacting with some of them through a cage but the guide appropriately explained why, due to monkey behavior and society, these ones had to be quarantined from the others or else would be picked on. We loved the baby monkey tripping drunkenly around the... More 

Thank mythernal
San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

We found the Monkey Sanctuary when we were trying to decide what to do one day on our Tulum trip, and so glad we did. This is a great place, with small tours (there was only one other couple). They are doing great things here, taking in injured monkeys and other animals as well. We even got to pet some... More 

1 Thank jvalerie
St Barthelemy, FWI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

What a fantastic place, if you love nature, definitively plan a trip there. The place is respectuful of nature and animals, the manager and volunteers are just wonderful people who sacrifice their time, energy and money to save spider monkeys. Respect!!! Bravoooo! They are different groups of monkeys, some wild, some almost wild and some who had a harder beginning... More 

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