For The Protection and Preservation of Monkeys
We need your help
La Isla de los Monos rescue centre is in trouble.
The Covid-19 pandemic has meant an unprecedented drop in our funding. Tourism and volunteers are our primary sources of income, and without them the cost of essentials we need are outstripping our finances.
While we work with the local government to rescue monkeys, they do not provide any budget to help us to operate and care for them.
Our sanctuary is close to failing to adequately house, nourish and provide medical care to the monkeys. We are in crisis mode and desperately need funding.
To better understand the costs we face, one tin of milk powder costs $20USD for one week for a baby monkey.
We have taken out a small loan from the bank and it is almost exhausted – we do not know what to do next and desperately need support.
We have reduced our staff numbers, but still have to pay our operational costs such as utility bills, and for food, medicine and supplies for all the animals in our care.
We continue to work with local authorities, veterinarians, and local communities. And sadly there are new monkeys being confiscated that need our help. We never turn a monkey away, as Gilberto says “if we do not take them, they will die”.
Will you help save Monkey Island?
Everything we receive goes towards a second chance for the monkeys.
Thank you in anticipation, your support can help the survival of our centre and monkeys.
Gilberto Reátegui and the family at La Isla de los Monos
La Isla de los Monos is a 450 hectare island sanctuary and rescue centre located 30km from Iquitos in the Amazon jungle of Peru.
Our project rescues, rehabilitates and releases New World monkeys.
Since 1997 we have dedicated ourselves to the care of monkeys that have been victims of illegal animal trafficking. We believe in freedom for the animals, that they should not be trapped in cages or victims of illegal trade.
During your visit, you can observe a variety of species in their natural habitat and learn about how we care for young monkeys so they grow strong, healthy and independent.
How to reach us
La Isla de los Monos is located 30km from the city of Iquitos along the Amazon river.
You can take a fast boat from Puerto de Productores (Producers Port) in Iquitos and tell the driver that you wish to get off at La Isla de Los Monos. The boats leave when they are full and the journey will take around 40 minutes.
When you arrive at the island you will see a pathway through the jungle to the centre, walk 20 mins (approx) through the jungle to arrive.
To return to Iquitos you can take a small boat (peque peque) from the centre to Indiana and from here take the fast boat back to Iquitos.
The cost per person:
Fast Boat: S/25.00 each way
Small Boat: S/10.00
Island entrance: S/25 Peruvians or S/30 foreigners
A 45 minute adventure from Iquitos
Volunteer with us
Come and join us for the experience of a lifetime!
There’s always a lot of work to do here at the rescue centre and we’re looking for volunteers that would like to be a member of our team and work hand-in-hand with us.
Our doors are open to receive people who want to come and have a unique experience, working and living together with different species of monkeys in the middle of the amazon jungle.
No experience required, just bring your passion and enthusiasm to care for the animals.
The requirements are:
- Minimum stay: 1 week
- Older than 18 years (+18)
- Having a medical certificate, indicating you don’t have coronavirus or herpes
- Filling in the application form you’ll find below, click the “apply now” button
The volunteering fee is US$120 per weeks – this includes your stay and food.
Application will open in Google Sheets
“Found my new happy place… As a volunteer you are kept busy prepping food, feeding, cleaning, planting, and most of all, playing with the monkeys. My favourite time of day was first thing in the morning when you would get sleepy monkey cuddles – it was such a serene time.”
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Come and enjoy a unique experience for the day or on one of our overnight tours at Isla de los Monos (Monkey Island) in the Amazonian Jungle. See behind the scenes in our rescue centre and sanctuary created for rescued and orphaned monkeys. The monkeys we receive are all victims of the illegal pet trade, our goal is to rehabilitate them and help them create a new family group in preparation for their new lives as wild monkeys when released.
Our ecotours are a unique way to explore the Amazon with an authentic experience of living in the rain forest with the monkeys on the island.
Activities include playing with monkeys, feeding them, jungle tours, visits to local villages, swimming in the Amazon, sunset on the Amazon, night ecotours, giant aquatic plants and fishing.
$100 per person
2 Days, 1 Night
$140 per person
3 Days, 2 Nights
$300 per person
4 Days, 3 Nights
$360 per person