Monkey Around at Gumbalimba Park in Honduras

Annette White Holding a MonkeyI have a bit of a, not-so-secret, obsession with monkeys. Not the kind that throw their crap at you at the zoo, but the small cuddly ones that you could slap a diaper on and tote around like a hairy child. I was on an uncontrollable high when I found out that my dream of holding a monkey was going to come true at Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras.

Seriously…it was as if someone had just told me that I won a brand new car…and gas for a year…and free maintenance. This was going to be way better than the twelve sea monkey farms that I tended to as a child. Yes, this obsession runs deep.
tree at Gumbalimba Parkplant at Gumbalimba ParkHolding monkeys at Gumbalimba ParkWe arrived at Gumbalimba Park via bus and were stunned by the beautiful grounds filled with tempting banana trees, perfect wild flowers and statuesque iguanas. We were taken on a brief tour which led us through the cheesy man-made caves, over a suspension bridge and through the parrot sanctuary before we were at our destination…MONKEYS!

I had visions of monkeys in abundance, jumping onto my head and trying to steal my sunglasses.

For that is the story I had heard and the experience I had wanted. Unfortunately, as we all know, sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned and the fantasy turns out to be way better than the reality.

Banana tree at Gumbalimba ParkAnnette White at Gumbalimba ParkIn total, we saw three monkeys, though there were supposedly over a dozen on the Gumbalimba Park grounds. The tour guide had told us that because it was cashew season the primates had no need to bombard tourists to be nourished. Can I have a discount for all the monkeys gone AWOL? It’s alright, I only needed one willing chimp to complete this bucket list goal anyway. The trainer held the monkey, kept it behaved with food and gave us each a turn with our new furry friend. We had about one minute to revel in the experience, while the photographer snapped numerous photos.

My advice? Don’t go to Gumbalimba Park during cashew season.




2017-03-11T23:37:30+00:00 May 11th, 2011|Categories: Central America, Honduras, TRAVEL|

31 Comments

  1. Carrie May 11, 2011 at 9:06 am - Reply

    We went there on our honeymoon & I loved it!!!! I think there were only 2 or 3 monkeys there while we were there too but all I needed was the one to climb all over me! My least favorite part of that place was that bridge haha

  2. Miranda May 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    When I was in high school my neighbor had a spider monkey that used to wear a diaper. The monkey had a retractable leash that was tied to the clothes line so he could run around in the yard all day. I never made it over to hold him though!

  3. Arlene May 12, 2011 at 8:37 am - Reply

    You want plenty of monkeys? Head over to Gibralter. But be careful, they'll steal your glasses AND your purse. BTW, beautiful pics!

  4. Alicia May 14, 2011 at 11:15 am - Reply

    You are living one incredible life!!! I love you and your blog. I will have to update mine because of you. But, I'd have to add this "share a bucket list experience with Annette – after we meet." 🙂

  5. Carola May 20, 2011 at 8:38 am - Reply

    I can identify with you on this one.  I always dreamed of having a pet monkey.  Now I know that they are not really good as pets; and it wouldn't be fair to keep them away from their natural habitat.  However, I would love to have a similar experience as you did on this trip.  Love the picture.

  6. 101 Things Before You Die May 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    We skipped Gumbalina Park on Roatan and opted for the beach (which was gorgeous). When we were in Playa del Carmen, our resort had a pet monkey that they would bring out once a day and people could have their photos taken with it; my husband must love monkeys almost as much as you b/c he was OBSESSED with the monkey and took advantage of holding it everytime they came by (of course, we bought the photo)

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  24. Karissa Dixon February 3, 2016 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Highlight of my life: I had 3, yes THREE monkeys at the same time, on me at Gumbalimba Park. Can’t wait to go back! Check out my adventures at Gumbalimba here: http://viewoftheneedle.com/category/lifestyle/. I would love your input on the posts! Next travel goal: Visit the swimming pigs in Grand Exuma Bahamas!

    • Annette White February 5, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

      You monkey picture is so adorable!! It’s so funny, because I am just planning a trip to swim the pigs too. They are so dang cute!

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