While each year Tulum Beach grows in popularity, the area still boasts wildly beautiful, unspoiled jungle and beaches, with many Tulum hotels doing their best to preserve the area’s natural resources. Along the Riviera Maya coast, however, touristic development has unavoidably caused displacement of local species, including spider monkeys.
Fortunately, there is The Jungle Place, a spider monkey conservancy located in the jungle between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, near a small town called Chemuyil. This sanctuary, started by ex-pats who retired to the area in 1999 looking for a quiet life, provides shelter and care for over 50 spider monkeys, most of which are the products of illegal pet traders who sell them to “owners” who are uneducated about the needs of such wild animals and find they do not make good pets. Thereafter, the monkeys are mistreated, malnourished, and kept chained in deplorable conditions. The Jungle Place founders indicate there are hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of spider monkeys in the area living such sad and unnatural lives.
The Jungle Place offers orphaned spider monkeys (most of whom never learned how to live in the wild) the best possible life available to them in their natural habitat, as well as proper nutrition, expert medical care, and individualized attention, care, and love.
To fund this project, The Jungle Place relies on donations and also offers limited, by-reservation-only tours of the sanctuary, with strict rules to ensure the monkeys’ safety and well-being. The sanctuary is not open to the general public and does not allow walk-in or drop by visits.
Gallery photos of visitors to The Jungle Place show that the human emotional experience of interacting with these lively animals is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Beach Tulum hotel visitors can support this project by reserving their tours in advance by contacting:The Beach Tulum hotel organize, for GUESTS only, day trip to The Jungle Spider Monkey Sanctuary.