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Tulum Monkey Sanctuary

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Km 6 Coba Road | Direclty in front of Rancho Santa Cruz, Tulum, Mexico
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Good trip during riviera maya visit

The ranch itself is very rural including bathrooms. Don't expect your typical snack stand and... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2014
Los angeles

The couple that run the Monkey Place are truly inspiring they started out with 1 sick little guy... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2014
Alexandria, Virginia
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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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Km 6 Coba Road | Direclty in front of Rancho Santa Cruz, Tulum, Mexico
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

The ranch itself is very rural including bathrooms. Don't expect your typical snack stand and souvenir shop because there isn't one. Instead, you get to learn about these wonderful animals in their own environment which is very cool! Very different from anything else you will...More

1  Thank Courtneyjean2
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The couple that run the Monkey Place are truly inspiring they started out with 1 sick little guy left on their doorstep and now they care for over 60 monkeys. The admission is $80 per person but all of the money goes to the care...More

1  Thank Hessmer
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

Not all that well organized. Best described as a Mexican farm with monkeys. For the price, there are much better things to see in the area. That said, at least they are trying to help the animals. If you want to help the cause, you...More

Thank Ben J
Reviewed 31 July 2014

The Sanctuary is like nothing else you'll do. To get this up close and personal with these incredible Spider Monkeys is thrilling! Your Kids will never forget it! Trust me!. Wear pants and long sleeve shirts and bug spray. John is so passionate about his...More

1  Thank starofjemini8
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Some of our group took the trip to the monkey sanctuary. We had three children under six and four adults. The tour included not only monkeys but llamas, horses, and ponies. The monkeys were the highlight. All of these animals have been saved from various...More

1  Thank Greg W
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Driving to the Sanctuary, our boys (8 and 12) were less than enthusiastic about the idea of going. Then we met John and it was clear to all of us that the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary was a very special place. John is a charismatic, knowledgable...More

1  Thank Karen L
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Go see the monkeys! We loved the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary tour. It was kind of like meeting the people from "We Bought a Zoo". Their first goal is rescuing animals and they're trying to make their place a self-sufficient non-profit. They showed us all their...More

Thank Liz M
Reviewed 24 July 2014

We had a great day with our two friends and two children and was worth every penny. We spent around three hours there having our own private tour around the sanctuary and seeing and holding some of the animals. This is not a big tourist...More

1  Thank Sinead L
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This is a small sanctuary but with a range of animals besides the monkeys. It's great that it is small because it is like your own personal visit. We were lucky to visit on a morning with no other bookings so we had the guide...More

Thank Lauren M
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...More

Thank DebN15
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27 November 2016|
Response from Lisa T |
The Akumal Sanctuary is $65/person. Tour lasted about 2 1/2 hours. I was just there today. It is a monkey sanctuary but they dont turn away other animals needing rescue, ie Mccaws, zebras, lemurs, etc. They are doing a... More
Terri D
12 November 2016|
Response from Lisa T |
No, the Tulum Sanctuary is no longer operating. People are either reviewing the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary or Jungle Place. I spent the entire week trying to see monkeys while in the Riviera Maya and finally fell upon the... More
23 October 2016|
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Response from outspokenone |
Hi all. We just got back from the area- Stayed at Karisma Royal/ Casita. Went on some great private tours with Nefi at MAKEYOUROWNTOUR. We asked about the monkey sanctuary tour. He wasnt sure but said there are a few... More