First of all these are wild monkeys in a population of hundreds. Expect them to act based on instinct. Second, they are aware that the forest is their territory. They are brazen. Lastly, you are on your own. Guards are practically useless.
I went there with my wife and two kids(4 and 1). We followed all rules and guidelines. Food, eye contact, neutral colors, etc. My wife was tending to my daughter in the amphitheater and a monkey goes near her and snatches her pearl earrings of her ear thinking this is food. Commotion ensues as it continues to threaten my wife. Lo and behold, no guard in the area and no one comes to take control. Take note the amphitheater is one of the most populated areas. My wife was scratched by the monkey.
It was only through the kindness of strangers, my fellow tourists that things calmed down and the pearl earring was retrieved.
We immediately headed out as my 4 year was in shock as she witnessed her mom being attacked by a monkey.
In the entrance, there was another tourist who was bitten by the monkey. Apparently we were still lucky with our experience.
Parents don’t risk it. It’s fun but not when you or your family is at risk.
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