For The Protection and Preservation of Monkeys
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.
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
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.
The below map shows the location of the office for La Isla de los Monos in Iquitos. Our island sanctuary and rescue centre is located 30km up the Amazon river in the Mazan District.
We receive no funding from the government and rely on visitors and volunteers to support our rescue centre and fund the care of the monkeys. We had to close our doors to the public this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and without this income we are worried about being able to pay for everything the monkeys need.
We ask at this time, if you are able, to please donate to our cause for food, supplies and veterinarian costs for the monkeys. We want to make sure they are not affected by this situation and are still given the chance at life they deserve.
You can donate on PayPal using:
Thank you for anything you can spare to help, with love from the now greatly reduced team at La Isla de los Monos
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: 2 weeks
- Being older than 18 years old (+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$500.00 for two 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