Howler Monkey Sanctuary
Very authentic animal loving experience
January 16, 2020
This was our favorite excursion! My 12 year old son and I decided to do this as we love animals but didn't want a long day. We went into it thinking it was an enclosed sanctuary with cages. To our pleasant surprise it's a community that protects the Howler Monkeys so they stay in the area and can be found by the guides in the wild. It's cage free and natural. We had 1 guide for 3 people. You literally just take a walk into the nearby jungle and the guide knows each family unit and where they may be. They bring a small amount of fruit to allow you to feed them. The guides seemed very safe in the way they interacted with the monkeys. It felt like a very real very natural interaction. Since my son and I were the only one signed up from our ship so we had a personal driver as well. Bernard was fantastic! On top of the Howler Monkey visit we had a personal guide giving us all the info on Belize and it's history.!
Reviewer: Susan Olsen
March 14, 2019
We enjoyed the Howler Monkey Sanctuary. We walked through a wooded area to get to them and we enjoyed the talk our guide gave us on the way to the monkeys. We learned how to interact with them to keep us all safe.
Reviewer: Nancy Jacobs
January 19, 2019
Was a very long drive to see the monkeys. The man at the sanctuary was very informative and the monkeys were great to see up close, however we found there to be too much driving to get there and back. Expected a little more than what we got.
Howler monkey experience was great
August 13, 2018
Our guide was awesome. We were a little late getting off the boat due to some weather issues, but that wasn't a problem for our driver. He was very friendly and informative. During the drive, he gave lots of local information. He even took us to a great little local restaurant for lunch. The people at the Howler monkey sanctuary were great too. Very imformative and a wonderful, upclose experience with a monkey. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Kamaka Kan-Hai
May 21, 2018
Unusual experience to see, feed and hear the howler monkey. However it took a long time to get to the place over very rough roads and with only 2 other people in the van with us. We really weren't sure if it was a legitimate excursion. The other couple got out at the first stop and wouldn't return with the van driver. He was actually a nice guy and tried to make the drive interesting with telling us about the city. Would not go again but glad we experienced seeing the monkeys.
Our Family thoroughly enjoyed this excursion
December 20, 2017
This was an awesome experience for our whole family. Right from leaving the port to returning from the journey. Right from our tour driver, his knowledge of his culture and country, Belize and its history. We enjoyed the 30min drive to the sactuary through the countryside as much as we enjoyed learning about the sanctuary, how it became what it is, who started it and who and how it is maintained. Getting to see and view the colony up close was awesome. Feeding the mother was an unforgettable experience. Our guide Royce was amazing. Also, taste the local fare Gramma has cooked up for you to try after your adventure. Can't say enough about this excursion. Well worth it. Enjoy!!
Reviewer: Glenn V and family
March 10, 2017
Excellent and very rare experience. It is a long and bumpy ride but it is worth it. The guide at the sanctuary is extremely knowledgeable and has spent many hours developing a trusting relationship with these very rare monkeys. We only spent 20 minutes in jungle but each minute was amazing. Another troupe of monkeys approached our group so we heard the two male monkeys howl at each other. Our guide pulled a tarantula out of it's nest. We did not see any other animals. Driver was very polite and informative.
Reviewer: Laura Artz
March 07, 2017
This was very different from the cruise line arranged trips. We went out, just the two of us with our guide in his car. Made it much better seeing Belize. Our guide answered all questions and pointed out interesting things along the way. He was proud of his country, and enjoyed his job, it made the trip much more memorable! Having a monkey grab your hand and eating a piece of fruit out of it was a once in a lifetime thrill! We really enjoyed this excursion!
Reviewer: Christopher McCaskey
Good once we got there, but LONG bumpy van ride
January 22, 2017
Unorganized pickup. There was a rep, but had to wait over 15 min, and then seemed unsure where he was putting us. Then finally took us to a van with 2 other families. Each family was from a different ship/different tour! 1st family was going fishing. 2nd family was going horseback riding, and we were going to the Howler Monkey Sanctuary. Hour+ drive to drop off fishing family. Another 15 min to drop us off, and horseback riding family had to continue on! Once at the sanctuary, informative blg, but again had to wait for a guide. Restrooms available. Guide was excellent, and found monkeys quickly in the wild. They came down from the trees, and she got the male to howl. Even heard another troop's male from miles away howl in return. Spent approximately 20 minutes in the woods with the guide. Locals selling items were very nice and Elvis was carving wood right there. That was nice and we enjoyed seeing the local crafts. Van came back with the horseback riders and on we went.
Reviewer: Edwin Brockman
Monkeys in the jungle
January 15, 2017
We really enjoyed the opportunity to see black howler monkeys living in the wild at the preserve, and had fun feeding them bananas. The bus ride went through the Belize countryside, so we got a mini-tour as well. Even though it was a rainy, muddy day, we enjoyed this excursion.
January 15, 2017
This was a very rare and rewarding experience to interact with an extremely sensitive species of monkeys who live in the very top of trees. Our guide has lived with these monkeys for six years, and only recently has been able to call the leader down to be able to interact with humans.
Reviewer: Gary Creed