The Cumacebe Lodge, located in the Amazon Jungle, also had a large pond. We took at least 2 trips around the pond. Once was at night, in the rain. Interesting, but I didn’t want to risk my camera! On the last day, we took an hour long float around the water, just to see what we might find.
On our last night, Sergio said he was taking us on a very simple walk to see some spiders. We didn’t even need to put on our boots, since we weren’t going into the jungle. It turned out that we only walked to the front of the lodge and took a stroll, with flashlights, along the entrance corridor bridge, which takes you over a particularly swampy section.
La Isla de los Monos–Island of the Monkeys is actually a refuge for monkeys who are injured or rescued from the pet trade. The volunteer organization has about 5 full-time workers, but operates mostly with volunteer help and donations from those who visit the island.
Volunteer Steve, a US citizen from the Washington DC area, had been there for just 5 days, but was a wealth of information for us. Currently there are 5 species of monkeys on the island. We interacted closely with local two species– two baby howler monkeys and two woolly monkeys (one of which was SO friendly, he had to be taken to his cage).
“In August 1997 the 450 hectares of land that Monkey Island sits on was donated by the Peruvian government for use as a Monkey sanctuary.
The first eight years were spent rejuvenating the island by planting over 70 species of trees and fruit, and we continue to work constantly to expand the diversity of the island habitat. Now full of fauna and flora, we strive to create a self sustaining environment for the monkeys to live free. To date we have released over 200 monkeys in to the forest!”
I really loved Peru and will consider coming back here to volunteer among the monkeys! There’s also a butterfly farm with additional rescued animals and a rescue center for manatees, highly endangered in South America. I can see I’ll be returning here!
Most of the visit, I was carrying two howler monkeys on my shoulders and a woolly monkey in my arms. But I couldn’t take many photos this way! I hope some of my newfound friends from the tour will send me some pics!
This is the second of 2 villages we took excursions to. It’s always interesting to see how other people live. While they are disadvantaged by many standards–no internet, electricity, plumbing–I can say that everyone looked healthy and happy. The children do go to school here in the village and the place was clean and well organized.