July 13th, 2018, a friend visiting and I went to La Isla de los Monos.
La Isla de los Monos is a cage-free animal refuge near Iquitos, deep in the amazon rainforest, they have mostly monkeys, 5-6 different types are usually present. It’s an island so the animal have pretty good protection from potential threats.
Full album : Here.
This is obviously a non-profit organisation and there only goal is to save monkeys from being domestic pets or other bad situation for the animals.
You can read more information on their website. https://laisladelosmonos.org/
You have to take a 35 minutes fast boat from Iquitos to get there, 20 soles for the boat one way and 20 soles for the refuge entry fee. Usually you’ll get there and ride a little wooden boat to get to the refuge but the water was down when we went so we walked down a nice jungle path for about 15 minutes.
Vegetation is pretty impressive:
When you get close to the refuge you can start to see monkeys, this is a wooly monkey and they are very, very friendly. Right after these pictures I walked pass them and one jump on me and started to lick me … he stayed there the whole time we were visiting the refuge!
More monkeys at the refuge, it was lunch time right after we got there, first a Saki Monkey:
This is the smallest monkey in America, the Marmotsets:
There’s also a parrot hanging around:
And a sloth with a baby sloth:
And finally this little monkey that looks a little bit like a rat, not sure what type it is :