Wildlife Sightseeing with Manatee Spotting
About 40 minutes south of Placencia is Monkey River Village a small small village at the mouth of Monkey River, this place was once a thriving town where the banana trade was centered. Now still home to a small amount of families you will head out from Placencia with one of the guides from the village, along the way you will pass through some mangrove tunnels then you're there at the mouth of Monkey River, you will head up the river cruising slowly as the guides point out various animals and insects of interest.
There are many species of birds, minute bats, sunbathing iguanas, turtles and sometime even crocodiles. eventually you will stop at a trail, whichever one is the favorite of your guide. he will then lead you along the trail pointing out other items of interest while looking for the illusive howler monkey, these guys are small but loud, they can be heard from miles away, most times you get to see them. When done with the trail if the river level is suitable you will be able to take a swim then cruise back to the village for some locally prepared lunch.
After lunch indulge in a chat with friendly villagers or head on home. on the way, stop in at local habitat area and look out for the shy West Indian Manatee, these guys are very shy but often times you can get a good view of them. from there is back to your resort to relax the rest of the day