Belize is known for its diverse ecosystem and rich culture. Monkey River village, is no different, it is peaceful and intimate little village in southern Belize. It is a small community made up of about 200 individuals. The main attraction consists of the Howler monkeys and the Manatees.
The Black Howler Monkey, known as the “baboon” in Belize, is the largest monkey the country. It is an endangered species and cannot be hunted. They live in troops of 4 to 8 members, and each troop has its own area in which it feeds and lives. The Black Howler Monkey’s are vegetarians that feed on flowers, fruits and leaves.
A visit to Monkey River is truly a unique experience. At 8:00 am, your guide will pick you up by boat, and take you on a journey through the lagoons’ red mangrove fringe forest, manatee habitats and bird ecosystems. Most of this trip is in the water and will be a smooth 35 minute boat ride. Howler monkeys will be swinging in the trees, and iguanas, turtles and crocodiles basking in the sun.
An hour into the trip, disembark to venture into the jungle and witness the howlers close up. Imagine being guided through the bush by someone who spent their childhood there! Return to Monkey River Village for a genuine Creole lunch. Then a guided tour through the small village before boarding the boat for the trip back to the resort.
On the boat ride back, you will go manatee spotting with hopes to see these protected creatures enjoying the waters! Monkey River Tour is one of the “don’t miss” tours in Belize!