10 Great Places to Spot Monkeys at Play
IgoUgo® names the best places to visit
for some 'monkey-ing' around
Editor's Note: Photos available
NEW YORK – April 14, 2009 – IgoUgo.com's content manager, Michelle Doucette, recently noticed that reviews from IgoUgo.com members who have crossed paths with monkeys during their travels rave about the experience. Guided by the many hundreds of monkey photos and reviews provided by the savvy IgoUgo.com members, Doucette picked the best places to spot monkeys at play. A visit to these 10 exotic locations will virtually guarantee travelers an encounter with the photogenic primates.
"No visit to northern India is complete without a visit to Agra." Come for the Taj Mahal, but don't overlook the primates that populate the area when touring the majestic building known all over the world. Agra officials may seek to ban monkeys from their city, but what traveler can resist those little faces "begging for food?"
In the Amazon region of Ecuador, three days are "barely enough" to catch a glimpse of the plethora of wildlife, including the squirrel monkeys that "launch themselves" between trees. The "honey-brown and white" rascals move fast, but a good camera will capture this "exhilarating" experience.
Travelers visit Bali for its beautiful beaches, gentle people, and lush mountainsides. Once they're on this Indonesian island, however, it quickly becomes apparent that monkeys must appreciate all Bali offers too. It's no wonder, as "monkeys are regarded as sacred" on this beautiful island paradise.
There's "plenty to see and do on Boracay Island" in the Philippines, and as locals attest, there are plenty of "bars, restaurants, and activities to enjoy." Besides sailing, horseback riding, and the beach, there's the chance to spot monkeys in a natural habitat.
On a trip to Guanacaste, Costa Rica, visitors to Monkey Park, a "rescue park for injured animals," could interact with the baby monkeys who are "so sweet." Travelers looking for adventure should take a zip line tour, but don't forget the camera because "the Howler monkeys are everywhere."
White-faced Capuchins are easy to spot on a tour of Monkey Island in Gatun Lake, part of the Panama Canal. From the boat to the island pay close attention as the monkeys' little white faces "pop out of the trees, staring with curiosity."
Take a "cable car to the summit" of Monkey Park and be "greeted by red-faced monkeys huddled together for warmth." Keep in mind that while "cameras are allowed," feeding the monkeys is "forbidden."
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is perhaps better known for its beautiful people than its beautiful primates, but there are "lots of them" on Sugarloaf Mountain (also known as Pão de Açúcar), one of Rio's top attractions. Don't get too caught up in the monkeys' antics though; the main reason visitors flock to this "must-see attraction" is the "incredible view of Rio below."
Keep an eye out for the "rare and unusual Proboscis monkey" in Bako National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia. Be camera ready, as their potbellies and pendulous noses are "comical."
When in Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, "ignore all the guide book advice" and get soaked by the "spray and the roar of the thunderous torrent." While taking in the falls' majesty, check out the wildlife that includes "mobs of Vervet monkeys."
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