As children one of our favorite games to play was Monkey Island. We had a four legged swing set with a slide on one end, monkey bars down the middle and a swing on each of the four corners. To turn the swing set into “Monkey Island” we would unlatch the swings on one side and stretch them across to the other corner criss crossed and re-latch. We would then climb around like monkeys and not touch the ground. Probably not the safest games but it was the early 90s and we loved it! You can imagine the excitement when John told us our afternoon activity would be a trip to Monkey Island!
This time real monkeys and no swing sets involved!
The site of Monkey Island from the shore is lush green. Trees a bit further back with a path through tall grass leading up to them. Very different from the swing set version we cooked up as kids. Walking the path was so excited. Still no idea what to expect. Almost immediately after arriving where the trees start we saw monkeys all around high up in the trees.
John brought some small bananas with him and the monkey loved them! They would come running and John would throw the Banana in the air only to be caught by a Monkey! We mostly saw Capuchin monkeys and they were oh so cute. Watch out for the Alpha monkey and give way if they start running down the path.
We spent about 30 minutes on Monkey Island but didn’t go to deep in. It was really fun to see the monkeys but also a bit nerve wracking with them literally running all around us.
When it was time to leave we headed back to the boat and had to climb in. Turns out climbing in is harder than climbing out! John and the boat captain held the boat as steady as they could and we each took a turn jumping up and rolling in.
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More Peruvian Fun Below:
Beginning Altitude Acclimation at Saqsaywaman
Exploring the Colors and Cultures of Cusco
Feeding Alpacas near Cusco at Awana Kancha
Mountain Biking Through the Peruvian Countryside
Salt Mines of the Sacred Valley
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Keep Hiking On! Inca Trail Days 3 and 4!
Visiting One of the New Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu!
Don’t Stop, Keep Hiking Higher – Huayna Picchu
A Night Under the Stars at the Skylodge
The Gateway to the Inca Trail – Ollantaytambo
Rainbow Mountains, a Colorful Day Trip!
Peruvian Amazon, a “Relaxing” End to a Great Trip
Land and Water, Tambopata and Lago Sandoval – Peruvian Amazon
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