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Old 10-10-2006   #1 (permalink)
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Jungle Place-Monkey Place

Just got back from Playa. One of the highlights of the trip was going to the Jungle Place. It's a Spider Monkey sanctuary, located in Chemuyil. Awfully hard to find the place!

If you go, don't use mosquito repellent! We made the mistake of using some before we got there. That stopped us from being able to go inside the cages and interracting with them.

These guys (Heidi-Joel) live and breathe monkeys. Everything they do is for the monkeys. They won't leave them alone, period. At the present time they have 2 babies. One with the Mom, and the other lives in the main house wrapped around someone's neck. They are handfed baby formula just like a human baby. And in this case shown the same amount of love also. It's truly an amazing place!

They have 40 ft tall playrooms. With ropes, branches, and all sorts of toys to play with. Off the tall playrooms are interconnecting 'runs' that stretch a couple hundred feet in different directions.

They have actually had a wild monkey come in and 'volunteer' to enter the compound on his own free will. Presently there are 8 Spider Monkeys living there. All have been rescued, with the exception of a couple babies born there.

Lalo (of Oscar's and Lalo's) actually got this started. (Or, so told by Joel) Lalo had someone give him a baby monkey that wasn't doing too well. He gave it to Heidi, they took him to a vet who told them the monkey had no chance to live. Heidi wouldn't accept that answer, and kept treating the monkey. Before long, the monkey (Paco) pulled out of it, and is now the 'king' monkey. Running the entire place. Needless to say Heidi started taking in stray-sick-abandoned Monkees. They now have all licenses-permits that are neccesary to run the sanctuary.

If your an animal lover, this place is a MUST. They charge 10 bucks p.p. which is well worth it. All the money goes back to help take care of the animals. They also have a couple Toucans, as well.













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Great pictures! Sounds like another must see when we go down next!
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Cool...now how do we find the place? I know how to get to Pizza Leos.
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Cool...now how do we find the place? I know how to get to Pizza Leos.
Go straight thru Chemuyil...stay to the right. Road will turn to dirt, and turn right. Follow the signs to the cenote, when you get to the cenote don't turn left into it. Keep going about 2 miles or so. It will be on the left side. There are signs out front.

It's just the other side of Lalo's old house. The road is called the 'Chemuyil Jungle road'. The road is in pretty good shape, it's just dirt. Well worth the drive out there.

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About how far from PDC is it?
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About how far from PDC is it?
Somewhere around 25-30 miles or so. It's right below Akumal.

http://thejungleplace.com/


The also have rooms they rent out. Not the cheapest rates, but awfully nice.


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Lalo (of Oscar's and Lalo's) actually got this started. (Or, so told by Joel) Lalo had someone give him a baby monkey that wasn't doing too well.
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that wouldn't suprise me, Lalo is always harbouring some kind of wounded animal...I don't remember a monkey though. In '99, he had a pelican with a broken wing that would beg for food at the table....pretty scary actually, Tyson and Boshni wouldn't go near it.

(hey Rick, has Lalo ever told you about his 3rd wife wanting a new car for her birthday???)
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that wouldn't suprise me, Lalo is always harbouring some kind of wounded animal...I don't remember a monkey though. In '99, he had a pelican with a broken wing that would beg for food at the table....pretty scary actually, Tyson and Boshni wouldn't go near it.

(hey Rick, has Lalo ever told you about his 3rd wife wanting a new car for her birthday???)
Actually...Heidi and Joel traded a RV to Lalo for the jungle property. They decided they'd need it for the Monkey Sanctuary. It's a rather large lot at 20 acres!

Yeah, I always remember animals around the bar...Eddy used to have a baby monkey he kept there. Capt. Morgan was his name. Also had the Coati Mundi at the same time. They used to fight on top of the palapas.

It was extremely slow there this time of yr. Casa Cenote was closed also.

Lalo wasn't at the bar both times I stopped in. Stayed awhile, and he never didi make an appearance. I missed his ex (judy) as well. She was in Cancun on business.

Never heard the car story...is it the lady from South America? Didn't know they finally got married.....

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Great pics Rixx.

....this is on the list for next time. (If I can find it) !!!
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Cool pictures....If Monkeys didn't freak me out I'd go for sure...
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Never heard the car story...is it the lady from South America? Didn't know they finally got married.....

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he introduced the south american lady as his wife last September, but it was his 3rd wife (or 4th??) that wanted a car.....specifically, a Jaguar....so Lalo brought her a baby jaguar
I think Gary has gotten on a kick of going skiing in Chile during September, probably didn't have any rooms booked, so he just shut it down
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This is a "must do" for us when we arrive for one day next month and am wondering how to get there IF we dont take a tour.
My plan is to take a cab from Calica dock to 5th avenue area and then would like to go here as well to Akumel to swim with some turtles and then back to Playa for a couple hours before we head back to ship.
Would a cab driver take us there and what is the approx. cost of the ride for 4 people to visit?
I am currently looking at a tour for $65PP that picks us up at dock, takes us to the Jungle Place, then Turtle snorkle/swim and to La Buena Vida for a couple hours.
The $65 includes the $10 admission to visit the monkeys.
is this a good deal/price?
Thanks for ANY HELP on this
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Cool pictures....If Monkeys didn't freak me out I'd go for sure...
I like monkeys from afar ! They kind of freak me out as well! We visited the "monkey forest" in Ubud (Indonesia), they run around freely there and they could be quite agressive if you had any shiny objects on you (jewelry, cameras, etc.). One girl got scratched pretty badly and had to get rabies vaccination afterwards!
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There's a private tour by Edventure, out of Tulum, that can take you anywhere you want to go in the area for a full day, including the jungle place, as well as ceynotes, yal-ku, swim w/turtles, zipline, cliff jump, ruins, etc... I think we'll go to La Buena Vida for lunch (not included). We will go in a few weeks. Ed is suppose to be a riot and it is reasonably priced-$50.00/pp. I learned of him on TA forum.
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This is a "must do" for us when we arrive for one day next month and am wondering how to get there IF we dont take a tour.
My plan is to take a cab from Calica dock to 5th avenue area and then would like to go here as well to Akumel to swim with some turtles and then back to Playa for a couple hours before we head back to ship.
Would a cab driver take us there and what is the approx. cost of the ride for 4 people to visit?
I am currently looking at a tour for $65PP that picks us up at dock, takes us to the Jungle Place, then Turtle snorkle/swim and to La Buena Vida for a couple hours.
The $65 includes the $10 admission to visit the monkeys.
is this a good deal/price?
Thanks for ANY HELP on this
You could inquire from this website about renting a van and driver for the time you are on the mainland. We have an 8 person van rented with driver for 10 hours for $202. I think the price depends on where you want to go. I would do that instead of a tour as you will be able to stay as long or as short as you want at all the places you visit. Have fun.
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