Video: Playful Howler Monkeys in Tikal, Guatemala


Howler Monkeys in the Jungles of Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park is filled with playful, acrobatic spider monkeys and howler monkeys. While wandering the large park in search of ancient Mayan tombs and temples, we captured this family of black howler monkeys swinging on jungle vines.

It’s difficult to tell, but these monkeys are actually quite big. We were happy they were high above in the trees, but watchful because apparently they like to defecate on the heads of people below – classy, I know!

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Howler Monkeys are given their name for a reason – they can howl!

It’s amazing how loud these monkeys can get. Their haunting shriek echoes off the jungle canopy, heard from miles away in every direction. It’s hard to explain the eerie sound, but the best comparison would be a lion’s growl at a low pitch, that lasts for a few minutes at a time.

It’s quite the experience that is certain to send a shiver down your spine!


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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.