Bali has been an AMAZING experience thus far! And while I already have scheduled content out through the rest of the week, I had to jump in with a quick post featuring our visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. Thus far this has been the little one’s favorite activity and frankly Lukus and I loved it as well.
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is unlike other wildlife preserves I have visited, in that the monkeys truly roam free. Set in a small forest located in the village of Padangtegal, the forest is home to a community of long-tailed macaques as well as Balinese Hinduism (not to be confused with traditional Hinduism) temples. The village owns and maintains the forest both for religious and conservation purposes.
On our visit we walked through the forest, interacting with the highly social macaques along the way. They were absolutely everywhere and would even eat out of our hands and occasionally climbed on our heads! The macaques ranged in age from true infants to full grown adults and live in family systems. I loved getting to see these creatures up close and personal. We got a taste not only of their communal systems, but of the personalities as well. This was truly an extraordinary experience and one I would highly recommend if you ever have the opportunity.
Oh and one- more just for laughs — here is when a monkey climbed on my head: