For the protection, preservation and rehabilitation of Monkeys

Monkey Island is a family run rescue center for New World Monkeys, located in the Peruvian Amazon 30km from Iquitos. We rescue, rehabilitate and release monkeys that are victims of the pet trade and have been doing so since 1997.

We believe in monkeys being free, away from imprisonment in cages and any kind of illegal sale. During your visit you will see several species in their natural habitat, as well as young monkeys that we are working to build up to full strength. Our goal is to reintegrate the monkeys and ensure their survival in the wild.

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How to Get To Monkey Island

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Getting To Monkey Island by yourself from Iquitos

Note: Before you take the boat from Iquitos, please call us or visit our office so that we can send our small boat (Peque Peque) to collect you from the port at Varadero.

  1. Ask any motortaxi to take you to Puerto de Productores  (Producers Port).
  2. Walk through the produce market and left down the stairs towards the boats, ask for Varadero/Mazan. The trip will take 45 minutes and is the first stop the boat will make.
  3. Our Pepe Pepe (a long boat with a blue roof) will meet you to take you across the Amazon river to Monkey Island.

Cost

Fast boat: S/ 15 each way.

Pepe pepe: S/ 10 each way.

Center entrance: S/. 20.

Children (under 10): S/. 10

What To Bring

  • Long sleeve shirt / pants for mosquitos
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Want to make heaps of monkey friends? Bring a few grapes (Uvas), they love grapes!

Note: Insect repellant can be harmful to monkeys. Please use natural repellant or none at all while on the island so that you can interact with the monkeys.

Beware of the Fake Monkey Island
Tour guides may say there is a ‘Monkey Island’ closer to Iquitos, however this center charges an inflated entrance fee that does not go back into caring for the monkeys.

We are 30km from Iquitos on a pristine island in the Amazon full of fruit, trees and natural habitat for the monkeys which you can explore with us while you are here. Trust us, it’s worth the longer trip!

Monkey Island Tours

Want to spend a whole day or stay a night in the jungle and wake up to the sound of Monkeys?

Our ecotours are a unique way to explore the Amazon by experiencing life in nature and living with the monkeys that inhabit the island.

All tours include return transport from anywhere in Iquitos.

Our Packages

Full Day – Playing and feeding monkeys, jungle tour, swim in the Amazon, lunch – From $60 pp

2 days, 1 night – Playing and feeding monkeys, jungle tour, swimming in the Amazon, sunset on the Amazon, night excursions, fishing, lunch and dinner – From $100 pp

3 days, 2 nights – Playing and feeding monkeys, jungle tours, village visits, swimming in the Amazon, sunset on the Amazon, night excursions, piranha fishing, lunch and dinner – From $280 pp

4 days, 3 nights  Playing and feeding monkeys, jungle tours, giant aquatic plants, village visits, swimming in the Amazon, sunset on the Amazon, night excursions, piranha fishing, lunch and dinner – From $340 pp

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Our History

In August 1997 the 450 hectares of land that Monkey Island sits on was donated by the Peruvian government for use as a Monkey sanctuary.

The first eight years were spent rejuvenating the island by planting over 70 species of trees and fruit, and we continue to work constantly to expand the diversity of the island habitat. Now full of fauna and flora, we strive to create a self sustaining environment for the monkeys to live free.

To date we have released over 200 monkeys in to the forest!

Your visit and donation helps us to continue with our expansion and our ability to rescue more monkeys from the animal trade.

We’ve come a long way but we want to do so much more.

Please help us to grow and save more monkeys.

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Who We Are

Our Care

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The animal trade in Peru continues to displace baby monkeys from their mothers in the name of souvenirs, trophies and meat. Any monkeys we receive are first quarantined and checked by a vet to understand their condition and treated as required. We feed all babies essential nutrients they lack without their mother’s milk and through being kept in poor conditions in peoples homes.

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Once they are fit enough we introduce the monkey to the island and integrate them with our existing monkey family. For younger monkeys we must spend our time building their strength, trust and confidence while letting them live in a cage free environment.

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The Monkey Island has many priorities and this is a top one!
When we receive or raise monkeys that are old and strong enough to be released we need to do it properly and as the law requires.

Releasing monkeys requires many months closely studying the habitat for sustainability and suitability. The procedure is expensive and we do not have enough resources to release all of the monkeys. It is for this reason that we turn to you. To ask for your help to fulfil our purpose, as we want to see these animals in their habitat and not in a cage.

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Volunteer on Monkey Island

Come and join us for the experience of a lifetime, spending your days with monkeys on our pristine island located on the banks of the Amazon river, surrounded by jungle life.

No experience required, just bring your passion and excitement for animal care.

Your duties will include feeding, caring for, and spending time with our monkeys around our center. You will also help with the upkeep of our house, garden and work on improvement projects.

We ask for a 5 day minimum stay and our $20 USD per day volunteer contribution goes towards all of your food, accommodation and care for these amazing creatures.

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Contact Us

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Our Office

You can find us in our office from Monday to Friday from 8 am. to 8 pm. and on Saturdays from 8am to 12 pm.

Address: Condamine #419

Call Us

Iquitos Office Phone Number: (51 – 65) 235887

Cell Phones: (51) 965 841 808 / (51) 965 841 807 / (51) 987 610 985

Email

hola@laisladelosmonos.org

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