Many times when I go on a beach vacation to Punta Cana, I do nothing but enjoy the resort. If you follow me you will know that for the last decade we have always stayed at Majestic Resorts Punta Cana. There are three of them: Majestic Colonial, Majestic Elegance, and Majestic Mirage. We have stayed at all three. We are going back again in November. We have spent every Thanksgiving in Punta Cana, except for one, for over 10 years.
Many times we have not left the resorts and only done water sports/excursions right from the beaches of the resorts. Other times we have gone out and about in Punta Cana. This past trip, less than a month ago, we decided to see something new: Monkey Land. There are two things that always get my attention when traveling: water activities and animals. If there is a zoo or aquarium in a place I am going, you will usually find me going to such place. Monkey Land is not a zoo. It is a natural habitat area, although the Squirrel Monkeys are not native to this area. I usually only post one or two photos or a video. This time I’m going to give you many of both.
Whenever we are going somewhere, both hubby and I do lots of research about things to do. Years ago this entailed buying guide books. Now it is so much easier with the internet. Part of the fun of travel is in the planning and discussion. We can often be found in different rooms of our house on different computers “researching”. When something of interest is found, we then shout to one another and advise the other where to “go to” to see what we found. There’s also the sharing of links and the like to make it easier for the other and without the need for shouting.
This trip we booked the resort through Costco. We booked our air separately, direct with the airline. Everything was done by computer. Costco had the best price. The “deal” included round trip private transport between airport and resort. It also included a $100 excursion coupon. We decided to take advantage of the coupon. We decided on Monkey Land in advance. We did not make the arrangements until we got down there. Costco uses Blue Travel. They have a representative at the hotel every day. We went there our second day and booked for a couple of days later. We are not fans of booking excursions in advance of being at a resort. For many reasons, including weather and resort activities, we can tell better what day we want to go once we are there. This does not apply to cruises, special excursions, or if you will be in a place for a very limited amount of time.
You can do just Monkey Land or combine it with zip lining. We decided to do just Monkey Land. We didn’t want too long an excursion. You have your choice of early morning i.e. 7:30 am pickup or afternoon i.e. 1:30 pickup. That was a no brainer. I’m not getting up and out that early in the morning when I’m relaxing, if I don’t have to. The cost was $75 per person, so with our discount coupon, it cost us $25 per person.
One of the reasons we wanted to try Monkey Land was because we had enjoyed our time with the Barbary Apes in Gibraltar. This was better. The actual sanctuary provides bowls of fruits and nuts for you to feed the monkeys. This is not quite accurate. The monkeys feed themselves from the bowls. You do not feed them. They can be very picky in what they want to eat and will throw on the ground what they don’t want while continuing the search for what they do want. Don’t do what I did: I wore a white shirt. The monkeys got it quite dirty. I had monkeys sit on my head, my shoulder, and even my chest while they munched away. They will jump from person to person and amongst branches.
There are only a couple of rules to follow. First: don’t wear dangling earrings. The monkeys will pull them out causing you possible injury or they will steal them. One young woman in our group did not follow this rule. She was not injured, but she lost an earring to the forest via monkey. Most importantly, don’t touch the monkeys. They can scratch you badly if they feel threatened. Let them do the interacting. This is especially true if there is a baby (monkey) involved. We were lucky enough to see a newborn riding on its Mom’s back. If you in any way threaten a baby, the entire group of monkeys could attack you. There were no problems like that on our visit.
Enjoy the photos and videos. We did not take a lot. Our experience was much more thrilling than the “media” we got. We were enjoying it, not trying to make a documentary. The place that provides the habitat will also take photos for you and sell them to you. They took many photos of us, but we did not purchase any. Many others did make purchases.
After you interact with the monkeys, there are also several houses that you tour. They are open air structures where they demonstrate the making, the old fashioned way, of coffee, chocolate, coconut oil, etc. You get some tastes and you can purchase items to take with you.
The still photos are first. Can you find the baby monkey sleeping on its Mom? Can you find the monkey lounging in the tree? Can you see the zip line in the background?
I thought the still photos were first. The “Program” has its own ideas. haha I give up. I have two more videos to share and they don’t want to post. I’ll post them separately. Nope: none of the videos want to post. I’ll post them separately.