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Share a day with wild monkeys near Punta Cana

Jean Pierre Contasti

Located in the easternmost area of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a world-famous resort town with beautiful beaches that face the pristine waters of an ocean and a sea. However, relaxation isn’t the only amenity you can enjoy while on this paradisiac spot of the Caribbean, as the year-round tropical climate allows for the thriving life of varied plant and animal species, including monkeys.

Dry white logs on a beach with turquoise waters.
The Punta Cana area is world-known for its tropical climate and beaches | Photo by Aachim3

So, start by being picked up from your hotel in Punta Cana, and begin your guided tour as you arrive into a restored typical house, where you’ll see how local Dominicans live. Then, explore a plantation and, after strolling around the cultivars, taste the unique flavors of freshly-made coffee and hot chocolate. Subsequently, continue driving until you find, next to the Maimón River, a protected area on which thick vegetation serves as the home for several specimens of New World primates, such as Capuchins and squirrel monkeys.

A squirrel monkey seen while moving on a tree branch.
Share with squirrel monkeys in this Dominican location | Photo by Kongkham6211

Afterwards, after having gone through the entrance, hike along a path that winds through an incredible botanical garden, rich in plants, flowers and fruits endemic to the Dominican Republic. Surely, during your time at Monkey Land, you’ll be able to enjoy the sight of these lovely creatures in a natural environment, all framed by spectacular views of the mountains that gently descend towards the coast. To sum up, interact with curious apes and enjoy this amazing insight into Caribbean nature.

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Smile with monkeys, you’re up!

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