Your adventure on this Belize excursion begins as you take a one hour scenic journey through the beautiful Belizean countryside on your way to the rainforest. As the Savannah lands meld away to the jungle you will be greeted by the loud, guttural howls of over 2,000 Black Howler monkeys.
The loudest of all mammals, Black Howler monkeys have calls that can be heard up to three miles away and were used as the T-Rex call in the movie Jurassic Park. These endangered animals, lovingly referred to as Baboons by the locals, are vegetarian in nature and live in groups of 4 to 12 individuals.
Upon arrival, you will be given a short, 20-minute introduction and then you will be permitted to walk around the Community Baboon Sanctuary. Observe the Black Howler monkeys in the trees above you amidst iguanas, birds and other animals. Your knowledgeable guide will coax them down for food or even a photo with you! Find out fascinating monkey facts as you watch them nest and climb along the trees for food. Stop in the museum to view the informative displays and pick up a tee shirt or two in the gift shop. You will spend about one hour at the sanctuary before heading back to the cruise pier.
This standard Belize tour is 3.5 hours long and has limited wheelchair transportation. Semi-domesticated black Howler monkeys are only found in Belize - sign up now to guarantee your turn to see and hear these popular animals in person.
Reviewer: Laura Artz
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: Christopher McCaskey
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: Edwin Brockman
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.
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.
Reviewer: Gary Creed
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.