Quintana Roo is thriving with these furry creatures. Since the area is a jungle, there are unique animals such as panthers, pythons, iguanas, and white tailed deer. You can spot these animals along the roads or even at some of the resorts.
Break from the beaten track and take the back roads to see some of these unique animals. The trek to Coba can be quite interesting. Small Mayan villages dot the area and monkeys swing among the trees. The people live in small colorful houses with only a hammock to to rest in.
While Mom and I were traveling through one of these villages, we didn’t think too much of it until we saw a crowd of people starring into the trees. We pulled to the side of the road and were amazed. Among the colorful branches there was a small monkey jumping around. It was the first time I’ve seen one outside of a cage. To the locals this was a normal thing, but for an American it was an amazing site!
Seeing that monkey made us look up the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. This place is a must visit! The company started as a sanctuary for monkeys, but soon people began asking for help in regards to other animals. Over the years, they’ve accumulated goats, deer, boars, toucans, and parrots.
When you book a tour, you’ll learn unique facts about the animals and hear their rescue stories. One monkey became used to be lonely at the sanctuary until they got him a cat. The two became best friends immediately. So when the cat escaped, needless to say the monkey quickly followed. They were missing for days. The cat was never found, but the monkey was located and harmed. Unfortunately, he lost his hand during the incident and now has to be kept separate from the other monkeys until they get used to him. This is one of the numerous stories you will hear among your adventure.
Halfway through the tour they’ll provide refreshments, usually a cold juice and a unique treat. Not only do you get to learn about the animals, you get to be up close and personal with a select few. You’ll have the chance to hold a parrot, python, and sit in a cage full of Capuchin monkeys! Be warned! The monkeys love to play and steal. If you have glasses, you might want to wear your contacts for the day.
When you book a tour, make sure to purchase the photo package. It takes away the stress of trying to capture each moment yourself. Now you have someone else to take phenomenal photos of you and your family interacting with these great creatures.
Remember, if you should see a monkey in the jungle, do not feed it. They can get quite crazy and our food isn’t the best for them.