|Ty giving a few oil changing tips to some curious onlookers|
The next morning, we planned on making a day trip to Puyo, a town located down out of the mountains into the Amazon Basin. We had heard the drive from Banos to Puyo was very beautiful and, more importantly, Ty had heard from a friend that there was a monkey refuge near there. We have both been wanting to get a chance to get a closer look at monkeys since the beginning of the trip, so it was very exciting. What we didn't expect was that we would actually get to interact with them! We pulled down the driveway where we were met by two volunteers and three or four monkeys that were playing with the two guys. They led us down to where the rest of the monkeys were, which was a big, beautiful piece of jungle where they all hang out together. They told us when we were walking in that it usually takes a while for the monkeys to warm up to people; however, that was definitely not the case with Ty. Martina, a tiny wooly monkey immediately grabbed Ty's hand and pulled herself up onto his shoulders. She laid her head on top of his, closed her eyes and stroked his hair with her little hands. It was pretty much the cutest thing I have ever seen and we both laughed about how Martina had fallen in love with Ty. He tried to give me a turn with her, but there was no way she would leave her newfound love.
|Ty's new best bud, Martina|
|Martina "protecting" her new baby :)|
|I made a buddy too!|
|Ty and I hanging out with our new friends|
|One of the monkeys preening one of the dogs...he seemed to like it!|
|Making our way out of the jungle and back into the mountains|