Our guides do this same tour several times a week, so the spider monkeys have learned to expect them.
I know the photo is a little fuzzy...
But isn't he cute?
They have learned how to get free bananas just by being cute. That has never worked for me.
Camera shy. . . .
or maybe he's afraid we will want the banana back.
He seemed to enjoy that banana immensely.
His tummy full, he posed for us, then sailed off through the trees, using his tail like a fifth leg.
Spider monkeys are common in Belize and other Central American countries. I wouldn't want one for a pet, but they are fun to watch. But the black howler monkeys, well, that is a different story.
I'm convinced that howler monkeys are inherently evil. Could it be that the 'Bigfoot' story got started after someone heard a howler monkey?
The howler monkeys are the three dark spots near the tops of the trees. The guide told us that they throw their feces as a defense mechanism, so I'm glad they didn't come any nearer.
Please don't get impatient with me. We'll get to the Mayan Ruins tomorrow.