Monkey River Eco-tour
The Monkey River Tour is one of the best activities you can do from Placencia. The Tour Combines a boat road ride, Jungle hike, and Manatee Watching. The tour is very easy to do, and being an eco-tour, you get to hold some of the jungle quitters. The Howler Monkeys which the river and town are named after is the highlight of the tour, but aren't always a guarantee.
From start to finish you can expect to spot all different types of animals, birds, fish, and lizard. What makes the Monkey River Tour even more special, is the guide passion of sharing his backyard.
Jungle Hike, Wildlife Sightseeing with Manatee Spotting
About 40 minutes south of Placencia is Monkey River Village, a small village at the mouth of Monkey River. This place was once a thriving town where the banana trade was centered and is now home to a small amount of Belizeans. The tour departs from Placencia with a guide from the village.
Enjoy a short cruise through mangrove tunnels to the mouth of Monkey River. As the boat slowly cruises up the river, your guide will point out various wild animals and insects of interest.
There are many species of birds, minute bats, sunbathing iguanas, turtles and sometimes even crocodiles. Eventually, you will stop at a nature trail chosen by your tour guide. He will then lead you along the Jungle trail pointing out other items of interest while looking for the elusive Howler Monkey. These guys are small but loud. They can be heard from miles away, and you'll most likely get to meet a few. If the river level is suitable, you will be able to take a swim and eventually cruise back to the village for some local Belizean lunch.
After lunch, indulge in a chat with friendly villagers and learn about their culture. On the way back, look out for the shy West Indian Manatees. These guys are very shy, but they'll often pop up to look around.
From there, it's back to Placencia to relax for the rest of the day.
Included in your trip
- Belizean Lunch Special, Water, Sodas or juice
Please bring along: Sunscreen, insect repellant and binoculars if possible (towel optional).
- Depart at 8 a.m
- Boat Cruise and Jungle Hike
- Fun, Educational and Adventurous
- High possibility of seeing Dolphins, Manatee, Tarantula, Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, turtles many species of Birds