Author’s note: This post is part of my series on my recent trip to Honduras. To read more, click here.
My last morning in Roatan was a short one. I only had a few hours to explore before catching the early afternoon ferry over to the mainland where I would began my volunteer work and spanish courses the next morning.
Despite my hesitation, I decided to go check out the nearby Gumbalimba Park. Diane, the owner of West Baby B&B, highly recommended it yet I was a little concerned it would be a tourist trap. The admission to just the park was $30 and in my opinion is relatively expensive especially for Honduras.
I read a few reviews online and did a google search on the park which is known for its zipline canopy tour. The first thing I found in my search was a 2008 article about a cruise ship passenger who fell to her death from the zipline during an excursion to the park. I know that things like this can happen anywhere but it unnerved me. I decided to just go check the park out for its flora and fauna and pass this time on the canopy tour. All in all, the fun encounters with the monkeys and parrots made the park definitely worth the while and the photos made my children laugh hysterically. Check them out for yourself!
I arrived early in the morning before the cruise ship passengers took over the place and had the park all to myself. Part of the admittance fee included a 45-minute guided tour where I learned a ton and got face to face with the monkeys and parrots.
The guide warned me to not get spooked in case a monkey jumped on my head. Hmmmm? Interesting I thought. As I approached this monkey below he came closer and looked friendly enough. My guide told me to reach out my arm and let him come over to say hello. So I did.
And this was the result….close encounter and attack of the fluffiest monkey I’ve ever had on my head! (P.S. I don’t normally like to put so many pictures of my sweaty self on the blog but I thought these were so funny as the monkey was all over me and half the time I couldn’t see! He was super fluffy though and my kids wanted me to bring him home!).
And now for the silliest part….the “hola” parrot. I had to record these hysterical parrots as they sounded so real and human-like that it made me laugh. Check it out…
I hope you enjoyed my walk through the park! As you can see, as long as you go with the flow and have an open mind than anything is possible (like monkeys climbing all over your head!).