Do Peru’s Rainforests Have Monkeys? Is the Pope Argentinian?

It’s been theorized that a million monkeys typing on a million typewriters, given an infinite amount of time, would almost surely produce the complete works of Shakespeare.

Which means, of course, that you would need about 27 monkeys typing for a day or two to compose most of the posts on ThreadTripping.

But where are you going to get all of those monkeys? According to atravelynn, Peru is a good place to find ’em.

onthebow is planning a trip to Peru and was curious where the best monkey-spotting locations might be. And in another amazing display of the helpfulness you will so often find in online travel communities, atravelynn provides probably the most comprehensive advice on monkey-spotting in the Peruvian rainforests that is likely to be found anywhere. A few excerpts:

If you have just a couple of days, I think Sandoval Lodge would work well. It is a flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado airport, then a 30-minute-ish boat ride and a couple of mile hike and a 30-minute-ish canoe trip to the lodge. I saw many squirrel monkeys, some Capuchins, a Titi monkey, and Red Howlers, all in a 2-night stay. The other big draw of Sandoval is the giant river otters.

North of Iquitos are the “Amazon” river trips by boat or you can find a lodge on land. You’ll see a variety of monkeys and perhaps pink river dolphins. I’d allow at least 5 nights up here.

If you have at least a week, consider Manu. I just got back from a 10-day trip and saw lots of monkeys, especially spider monkeys. This is a more time-consuming expedition over the Andes. Really cool. There is also a macaw lick there and if you stay in the cloud forest you can try to see the Cock of the Rock bird.

Monkeys, otters and pink dolphins … oh my.

Read atravelynn’s terrifically informative Peruvian suggestions in their entirety: Peru advice, and are there any monkeys?

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