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The Jungle Place - Tours

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Address: | Near Playa Del Carmen, Chemuyil, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 984 116 9777

The Jungle Place is a licensed sanctuary for the endangered Spider Monkey....

The Jungle Place is a licensed sanctuary for the endangered Spider Monkey. They rescue and rehabilitate orphaned monkeys who were victims of the illegal pet trade, poaching, habitat destruction and exploitation. All too often these beautiful, highly intelligent primates become victims when humans and nature collide in a natural paradise like The Riviera Maya. The in-person tours they offer to help support the sanctuary are the very definition of sustainable and ecologically responsible tourism.The owners, Heidi and Joel, are a wonderful couple who originally moved to the area to retire but instead devoted their lives to care for these rescued monkeys. They provide them with an incredible amount of love, individual attention, medical care and specialized diets, all within a beautiful and meticulously well-kept habitat right in their native jungle.Visit in-person to meet the owners and the monkeys, view the facilities and habitat, and see first-hand the level of care that your donation helps provide. Be sure to reserve your tour well in advance, as they allow only a very limited number of visits per week.

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Once in a lifetime experience

My family and I visited on November 28th and it was truly an amazing experience. I appreciate the non-commercialized feel (12 in our group) and the ongoing commitment to truly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Jim M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I visited on November 28th and it was truly an amazing experience. I appreciate the non-commercialized feel (12 in our group) and the ongoing commitment to truly caring for these monkeys. Heidi and Joel patiently answered everyone's questions and made everyone feel welcome. My two daughters (10 and 12) have not stopped talking about this experience. The... More 

1 Thank Jim M
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our experience at The Jungle Place! My husband planned this excursion as part of our honeymoon in Mexico, because he knows how much I love monkeys. We rode the collectivo to Chemuyil, and then took a taxi to the sanctuary. We had a wonderful time! The monkeys jump and climb all over you in a contained space as... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful once in a life time...well twice for us...experience! Loved our second visit as much as the first. Don't take my word for it...read the reviews. Email them for a scheduled visit. No walk ins. May take a few emails to get a response but you will hear back. Keep trying. As mentioned in other reviews- no sun screen, or... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an amazing addition to our trip to Mexico which we would recommend highly. The sanctuary is around a 30 minute drive from Playa del Carmen (costs around 700 pesos in a cab, one way) and is home to around 80 spider monkeys, all of whom have been rescued from the illegal pet trade, orphaned through poaching, or displaced... More 

3 Thank Laura M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Jungle Place Spider Monkey Sanctuary was one of my best memories of my trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. Heidi and Joel are so compassionate about the work they do and it was an experience I will soon not forget. Please if you are going to this part of Mexico book a visit, the monkey's need you. To sit with... More 

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Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For an hour of enjoy our little cousins go and visit this place, no frills, no spills, just being cuddled by Monkeys, good place to spend an afternoon

3 Thank Martin C
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I doubt I can say anything that hasn't been covered in previous reviews. It was a great experience that I would definitely do again. My husband and I drove ourselves there and unfortunately the other group of 6 people who had a reservation were almost an hour late and we had to wait for them. Heidi and Joel were great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited The Jungle Place this past Wednesday. It was amazing!!!! There are lots of commercialized tours you can do in Playa Del Carmen.... but if you want a true feel for this area visit Heidi and her husband, and see the beautiful work they are doing with the monkeys from this area. All these monkeys have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Visited with husband and friends a few weeks ago and must say it was the most amazing experience. Heidi and Joel are totally dedicated to the welfare of the spider monkeys and not all out for commercial gain. We spent a couple of hours with these amazing creatures climbing all over us, cuddling on our laps, sitting on our shoulders... More 

3 Thank Lynn P
Harlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This was an amazing day for my wife and daughter aged 11 and were met by heldl and Joel they told us what to do and what not to do we were given food to go in the cagethen we all went into the cage sat down with our hands open and then the monkeys came over to us and... More 

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