When Ricardo Arellanos’ family moved to Cozumel, the Riviera Maya was a very different place. Cancun only had two hotels and Playa del Carmen was just a small town. Today the area is abundant with visitors and many of those visitors are drawn to the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary where Ricardo works.
Working at the Monkey Sanctuary allows Ricardo to live out one of his missions in life, which is to give people an experience an unforgettable experience by sharing the treasures of the Riviera Maya.
The six-hectare sanctuary cares for injured, displaced and unwanted wild animals. They rehabilitate the animals, introduce animals back into their native habitat, and educate humans. They have four different types of monkeys, snakes, exotic lemurs, zebras, goats, and more. Visitors learn about how the animal ended up at the Sanctuary, why the animals behave the way they do, and interact with the snakes and birds.
A partner of the Sanctuary, VEA Tours offers rides on ATVs to a beautiful cenote for swimming and then an underground cavern tour which has stalactites and stalagmites.
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