The Monkey River Tour is one of Belize’s first river tours, it is one of best things to do in Placencia with your family. The Tour Combines a leisurely boat ride, jungle hike and manatee watching in southern Belize. The Monkey River is very easy to do and being an eco-tour, you get to hold some of the jungle critters. 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 flora and fauna. Osprey, crocodiles, egrets, baboons, lizards, green iguanas, turtles can all be seen from the seat of your boat. What makes the Monkey River Tour even more special, is the guide’s passion of sharing his backyard. Let us arrange this tour or any other to fit your itinerary!
There are many species of birds, 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 tropical rainforest 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 chatting 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. This tour has been listed in many travel guide books and is one of the Belize adventures your wont find on Ambergris Caye.
About 40 minutes south of Placencia Peninsula, in Stann Creek District and north of Punta Gorda Town is Monkey River Village in the Toledo District. Its a Small village at the mouth of Monkey River on the coastline, the northernmost village in that district. This place was once a thriving town, where the banana trade was centered and is now home to a small amount of Creole Belizeans. The tour departs from Placencia with an experience guide from the village.
Monkey River was once a town dependent on the logging and banana industry. When these two industry decline, the towns populations also decline. Late, the town was downgraded to a village with people to remain in the area.
Its important to know that this tiny village was almost wiped of the Map of Belize. Hurricane Iris, a category 4 storm, eye (center) passed just a couple miles north of Monkey River Village.Visiting this village know you will see a trust testament of how Nature and Man can weather a thrive after a major storm.
During your Belize Vacation, Enjoy a short cruise through mangrove tunnels to the mouth of Monkey River. As the boat slowly cruises up the and then down river, your guide will point out various wild animals and insects of interest.