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A Trip Through Monkey Forest: Bali, Indonesia

Just steps away from the busy restaurants and yoga studios of Ubud, Bali lies a hidden sanctuary where over 600 monkeys roam free. There are no gates or fences around the perimeter of the massive forest, they choose to live here and it’s easy to see why. With colossal trees reaching hundreds of feet into the sky, it is a natural playground for these primates. And with tourists pouring in to get a glimpse of the uncaged monkeys, the food supply is abundant.

People warned us that they may snatch food, take your jewelry or even bite, but we figured as long as we were cautious, we would be fine. With our cameras in hand, David and I set out to document these amazing animals. The only time they snapped at us was when we were in close proximity to their babies, understandably. Most humans would react in the same way… luckily, they backed off when we did.

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We spent several hours exploring the forest and the temple within it. The beauty of the sanctuary was almost as intriguing as the animals themselves. Cascading waterfalls and hidden walkways were located throughout the park as well as grand statues and architecture all integrated in very tastefully.

Monkeys at Monkey Forest Bali

Towards the end of our visit, David convinced me to get closer and let one of the monkeys rest on my shoulder. Reluctant, yet excited, I finally gave in and I’m glad I did. To overcome our fears, no matter how small, is one of the most important things we can do.

Monkey Forest was definitely one of the highlights of our trip through Bali. To observe these animals in their natural environment was an incredible experience, they are so adorable and hilarious!

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    It really is a joy to share in your experience. So happy for you!

    I also agree with Greg, dang lucky monkeys!

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      Angelina Sereno

      Boomer, Thank you so much for the comment… I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      It has been a blast spending time in nature and with the animals doing what I love most! :)

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    Jro Sai Tata

    Dear ones , so heartfelt to see the both of you so close to the reflection of the a spiritual principle deeply rooted in the ancient culture of Bali, TRI HITA KARANA . Beautiful pics, thanks.
    with love and warm greetings from the north.

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      Angelina Sereno

      We love and miss Bali… there is so much positive energy all over that island :) We will be back for sure!

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    These little guys have it good!

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      Angelina Sereno

      Haha Yes, they do… the forest is BEAUTIFUL!!

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    Greg Johnson

    What an amazing experience that must of been! Your creativity and artistic talent I hope runs off on me a bit. Need to charge up my adventuresome spirit…..

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      Angelina Sereno

      Greg, It was incredible! Thank you for signing up for the newsletter and for your sweet comment!

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