Monkeys-Los Monos

We only saw one lone monkey scurry down a branch in the shadows of a tree in Costa Rica but in Nicaragua, we saw a number of them…2 kinds (Howler and Spider).

The first group was on the Islet Tour in Lake Nicaragua near Granada. There are 365 islets (big enough for at least a house if not more) formed from the eruption of a volcano long ago. One of those islets has 4 spider monkeys.

The monkeys are quite used to tourists in the boats coming and feeding them so they are easy to see. We did an afternoon tour so they weren’t hungry (and we didn’t know to bring fruit for them anyway) but I understand that during morning tours they are even more visible.

The second group was at Charo Verde Reserve on Ometepe Island. Those were Howler monkeys and I’m not sure how many we saw, at least a half dozen. They were above us in the mango trees, taking a bite out of the fruit and throwing it down to the ground (reminded me of the squirrels and our peach trees at the house in San Antonio).

The monkey we have seen the most is Mona the Common Marmoset at Finca Soley. She gets her own posting.

3 thoughts on “Monkeys-Los Monos”

  1. I guess I didn’t realize that a marmoset is a kind of monkey. I guess I always thought it was more like a beaver or a chipmonk. There are none here in Texas, so what do i know. Please post a great picture so I can see.
    Marsha and Cowboy

    1. I had put the link to the wiki since I’m having an issue getting a good still pic. I will try harder and add it.

    2. I tried again to take a picture of Mona but she doesn’t sit still long enough to do that. Do a search for “common Marmoset” and you will get an idea of what she looks like (of course Mona is cuter). Also search for Common Marmoset teeth. They have fang looking teeth that I KNOW would hurt if she bit someone. She goes from looking sweet and cuddly to something akin to “The Thing” in the 1982 movie of the same name.

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