Howler Monkey Sanctuary
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; however, guests must be able to walk over certain terrains including trekking down a slope. 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: Kamaka Kan-Hai
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.
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.
Reviewer: Glenn V and family
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: 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!