Playa Palms Tested: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary

The Playa Palms Beach Hotel team recently had the chance to visit the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. We had a lot of fun petting pet cute little monkeys, feed deer and even held a boa constrictor! Come and see how the local charity project does much more than rescuing monkeys.

Before you go

To go to the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary, you need 2 things: pack your mosquito spray and decide at what time you want to go, since a reservation is required. (For more information about schedules and prices see information box at the end of the article). We decided to go in the morning to have a chance to go to the gorgeous beach in Akumal afterward. The Akumal Monkey Sanctuary is easy to find. Once you arrive at Akumal head towards “Akumal pueblo” (as opposite to Akumal beach) and just follow the signs.

You probably never said Aawww! so often

If you expect to only see monkeys, you’re wrong. At the entrance, you’ll see zebras and ostriches, and our tour started feeding and petting deer and goats. The kids were already enthusiastic – how often do you get to pet Bambi?

We even got the chance to hold macaws and, my personal highlight, a real boa constrictor! Some of the animals call the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary their constant home. Others only stay for a while, until they are released again.

But of course, the primates are the main attraction. Akumal Monkey Sanctuary is in fact home to several species of monkeys. The guide not only explains the facts and interesting data about each of them but also what brought them to the sanctuary.

Hello, little monkey!

After a delicious snack, freshly made by a local Mayan woman, we finally got to the highlight of the tour. The 30 minutes interaction with monkeys! They are former pet monkeys, which is why they need a certain amount of human interaction every day. The tours are organized in a way that each animal gets the amount of attention and affection it needs.

The monkeys are very confiding and will sit on your lap, or even on your head. You can pet them while you feed them seeds. To be honest, the 30 minutes with these cute little creatures past by way too quick. It’s truly an experience we will never forget!

What we enjoyed most about the tour was to see, how much they care about the animals. All animals at the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary are rescued or donated from private persons who can’t or don’t want to keep them anymore, and the park closely works together with the Federal Environmental Protection (PROFEPA).

Experience of a lifetime

As a conclusion, we heartily recommend visiting the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. Especially for kids, this is an experience that will last a lifetime. But no matter how old you are, if you’re an animal lover you will definitely enjoy every minute of the tour! Besides. with your entrance fee, you directly support the rescued animals and the sanctuary’s environmental education programs for local schools.

To schedule your tour, get in touch with our concierge at Playa Palms Beach Hotel or email us.

Tour schedules:  9 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 3 pm or 4 pm
Tour duration: approx. 2 ½ hours
Entrance fee: adults $65 USD, kids (5 – 12 years old) $40 USD, Mexican citizens receive a 20% discount.


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