A safe heaven for endangered monkeys
Mono Feliz or “Happy Monkey” is a heaven for nature lovers and people who just want to get REALLY far away from the hustle and worries of our usual lives. Add to this the feeling of being on a remote island, cast away from the outside world. Okay, Mono Feliz is not no a real island, but it is simply inaccessible during high tide.
Mono Feliz was created by John Garvey or “Juancho”, a gringo who sailed down the Pacific Coast of Central America 11 years ago. This is where he decided to settle down and create a small paradise, not only for the monkeys, but for him and his visitors. Juancho truly enjoys sharing his dreams and his love for this place and the monkeys. It is a true pleasure to watch him playing, feeding and imitating his frolicking friends.
Situated on Punta Burica, on the western Pacific Coast next to the Costa Rican border, these 7 hectares of secondary forest is next to a deserted beach. Juancho’s passion has been to provide a safe heaven for many animals which have lost their natural habitat over the last few decades. This is mainly due to the creation of pastures and deforestation along the coast.
Accommodation consists of four simple cabins with shared, very clean bathrooms and a communal kitchen. The fresh water pool fed by a nearby spring is an additional treat. Juancho’s wife Lusmilla also cooks excellent food on request, mostly from home grown produce. The super juicy mangoes and perfectly ripe avocados will always be remembered. Given the location fish is part of the daily diet.