I wrote recently about my attempt at bridge jumping in Banos and how it scared me half to death. Today I am going to talk about a less adrenalin filled day trip I did from Banos, a visit to a monkey sanctuary in Puyo.
Over my four and a half month’s backpacking through Latin America I was only luckily robbed once.
No it wasn’t on the countless local chicken bus’s throughout central and south America or the few times I stupidly stumbled my way back to the hostel at 4 am alone from a club. It happened in Puyo Ecuador and the assailant was a lot smaller,hairier and more devious than I was expecting.
So how did this tale of thievery and betrayal begin? Well it all started on another one of the lazy days I spent In Banos. (I spent 2 weeks in Banos)
The three completely awesome Canadian girls who I mentioned in my Bridge jumping post invited me to go on a day trip with them to the monkey sanctuary Paseo Los Monos in Puyo. The weather was a little overcast but we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best and boarded a 1 hr and 30 minute bus to Puyo.
Upon arriving in Puyo it was starting to spit with rain, However we had already come this far so we weren’t going to stop now.We hailed a cab and were on our way to the monkey sanctuary, The moment we arrived it started hammering down with rain (Typical haha). Donned with my jungle adventurer hat that I picked up in Octavalo markets we paid the few dollar donation and braved the muddy path’s to go check out the monkeys and some of the forest.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to see that many monkeys as they also unsurprisingly weren’t to fond of the rain and were huddled up seeking shelter.
The whole trip was turning out to be pretty lack-luster, We went back to the main building a little dissapointed and waited under the cover hoping that the rain would let up
So we sat there debating on whether we should just call a cab and leave when suddenly 3-4 squirrel monkeys popped out from the top of the building and started swinging their way down curiously towards us.
They were super cute,very playful and were not shy at all. I even managed to get this really awesome photo with a monkey on my shoulder, which is pretty badass.
So after 30 miutes of playing with the monkeys they revealed their nefarious scheme. What happened next was something similar to the scene in Wizard of Oz when the flying monkey’s were tearing apart the scarecrow.
Well not really but imagine if it was haha
But anyway there was this one cute little monkey that only had one hand (Poor monkey 🙁 ) and he was climbing all over me and checking in my plastic bag which just had my DSLR camera in it, He wasn’t interested in that, so in the span of about 5 seconds he jumped onto my back unzipped my backpack and stole a bag of candy I had been saving for the bus ride home,” (noooooooo)
Before I could react he was climbing away to what I assume was his monkey lair. (Do Monkey’s have lair’s?) with his spoils.
In the end I was really impressed that the monkey was so fast especially one that only had one hand. However the joke was on him seeing as that candy I had in my bag was pop rock candy so when he did finally get it open I’m sure he FREAKED THE FUCK OUT.
And that was the day I learnt to NEVER trust monkey’s 😛
If your in the neighborhood you should definitely check out the monkey sanctuary Paseo Los Monos, You can even volunteer to work there which I think would be a pretty cool experience.
What types of strange encounters have you had with monkeys? Have you too fell victim to their thieving ways?