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The Monkey Farm

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Opens in 26 min: 08:00 - 16:00
Open today: 08:00 - 16:00
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We Saw the Monkeys

It was a nice visit and the cost makes it worth seeing. We loved watching the monkey play with the... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
Inspiring place - heartwarming and highly educational

We came here hoping to see some monkeys for our monkey-obsessed 3 year old child. We left with a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Deji D
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“costa rica”(19 reviews)
The Monkey Farm is new and in the process of becoming a monkey and wildlife rescue center combined with an organic sustainable farm run by volunteers from all over the world. Come see what we are doing, meet our animals, and learn something new...more
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Camino del Cielo, Playa Ocotal 50503, Costa Rica
+506 8853 0165
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All reviews horseback riding costa rica self sustaining wonderful experience petting zoo the owner well taken care coming back fun place to visit great job injured animals at home my boyfriend playa del coco few months fell in love their natural habitat
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We came here hoping to see some monkeys for our monkey-obsessed 3 year old child. We left with a wealth of information about far more than monkeys and were thoroughly inspired by the whole place. We didn’t even see any monkeys, but that’s because the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Oh my. We met a really nice lady from Utah that picked some fresh limes for us and was so sweet to give us a tour. But really? No monkeys. None. No sign of one. What we did see was goat Pooh, pig pooh, horse...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank 497lilliann
Reviewed 5 September 2018

I went on this tour expecting to horseback ride. When I arrived, to my surprise, I found SO many cute animals running around! It wasn't just horseback riding, it was a whole tour of the farm and introduction into how Vicki is truly helping the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Ashley G
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

We visited three years ago and thought it was worth the trip back. We regret the trip from Potrero and even more so giving a donation. Zero monkeys!! Zero anyone around except lady that is always there. Why advertise ? Zero water for any animals....More

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank jenniferwhite2018
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Best place to go see the monkeys in their natural habitat and go on a great horseback ride! Being previous horse owners we were skeptical about renting horses. But we had an amazing ride. The guide was knowledable and very sweet! The horses were energetic...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank ruby19641
Reviewed 18 June 2018

It was a nice visit and the cost makes it worth seeing. We loved watching the monkey play with the other baby animals.

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank willyBonnyville
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

As we quickly learned, animal farm wasn’t really titled such because of monkeys. It was more of a communal with volunteers to help around, cleaning and picking up debris. Farm-type animals, goats, rabbits, peacocks, chickens, turkeys and a pig that wondered. There was a unique...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank 508barrym
Reviewed 12 June 2018

My boyfriend and I were traveling around Costa Rica and spent a few days in Playas del Coco. While we were there, we met some other tourists who had visited The Monkey Farm and got to play with some baby monkeys a few days before....More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank Liz9922018
Reviewed 21 April 2018

My mom and I booked our horseback ride at The Monkey Farm before we left for Costa Rica. We knew it wasn't a hands-on monkey experience already from doing our research. We biked there from Playa del Coco (it was very hot), but it was...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank BethP1311
Reviewed 18 April 2018

My daughter and I biked about 3 miles there from Coco. Great bike ride through some local communities. The last 100 yds are steep and hot, but worth the sweat! We were greeted by some nice volunteers, who work at the farm for a few...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank onthelake2018
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I spent 6 months volunteering and working at the Monkey Farm. It took me all this time to admit to myself that what is happening on this farm is not right. I passed my last week in Costa Rica at the Tribunal and with the Direction of Wildlife protection (MINAET). I made two complaints against the Monkey Farm; one for the animals, and one for the volunteers. While I was there Vicki asked me to lie about the presence of illegally kept monkeys. She doesn’t have permission to have monkeys or any other wild animals. She affirms that the Monkey Farm is a rescue center but it’s not. The only rescue centers in Guanacaste are: Refugio Nosara in Nosara, Sibu in Nosara, and Monkey Park in Portegolpe. We had to hide the monkeys in her house, in her backyard and even in our cabin for the last 3 weeks I was there. She told us that if the authorities got the monkeys, they would die because the people in the rescue centers don’t feed them the right way and with the wrong food and that the monkeys would spend 4 years in a cage. I believed her at the time but those are all lies and you can check for yourself with MINAE or other authorities. In the official rescue centres there are vets 24h a day, 7 days a week, and the only people that are allowed to be in contact with the animals are biologists. The animals stay a few days, few weeks or few months, depending the issue. At the monkey farm, we fed the monkeys with a bottle (like a human baby), they sometimes slept in the hammock with us, one monkey (Bella) spent her evenings in Vicki’s bed before being put in a cage for the night, and many different people touched them. In other words, it doesn’t take a biologist degree to know that all those acts won’t permit the animals to go back to the wild. I saw two monkeys, a lamb, a baby goat, and a baby squirrel that had died there while I was there. None of these animals had access to a vet. We couldn’t feed the animals correctly because she said that there was no money. The horses that were already skinny, didn’t have ANY food for 2 full days (there was no hay at the farm) and I had to find solutions myself to feed them, because Vicki didn’t react. There was a baby monkey that was sick (I have a video of it) and when we told Vicki about it, she didn’t do anything. The goats sometimes don’t eat in the morning or evening, because The Monkey Farm didn’t have food for them. There are 40 goats. They are skinny, you can check for yourself, and they are all in a pen that is way too small for them all. When I was made responsible for the horse back riding tours, I asked Vicki what would happen if there was an accident. She told me that nothing would happen, because we don’t need any insurance in Costa Rica and there is no way to sue someone. This is incorrect. Vicki offers horseback riding tours but she doesn’t have any insurance, and sometimes lets inexperienced people lead the tours. She doesn’t declare anything, and is able to get away with it because people pay cash or by the donation system. She doesn’t pay any taxes. She also took all the tips that people gave to me (sorry to the people who appreciated me and gave me tips, it didn’t end up in my pockets). She also made me take the paying tourists to Ocotal beach, a part of Bandera Azul, which is a protected zone where horses are not allowed. She lied about that as well and told me that we had the right to take the horses on this beach. I also know 3 volunteers that brought 500 dollars for specific projects (like a new pen for the goats and the aquaponic garden). This money was never used for those projects (aquaponic didn’t work for the 6 months I was here, even if a couple of people wanted to work on it, we were told that there was no money for it, and the goats are still in their small pen). We don’t know where the money ended up. I am devastated about everything I discovered. In 4 years, I am the first volunteer that made a formal legal complaint even though many ex volunteers that have had the same experience as me. If you have had a similar experience, please please consider making a formal complaint so that mine is not the only one on file. Those are facts that you can verify yourself. I have many other horrifying stories to share about what happens at this ‘farm’. I am sorry for all the people that gave their money, their time, their energy, and for the animals that are voiceless and suffering.
6 December 2018|
Response from 508barrym | Reviewed this property |
Concur... I commend the truth... this is the percept I had during our visit
Wilma K
20 October 2015|
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Response from RachelThorson | Reviewed this property |
We are just inside the main gate to Ocotal. Big white building on the left.. We will be there Dec, 5th for a few days.