El Paseo de los Monos

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El Paseo de los Monos focuses on the rehabilitation of animals that have been victimized because of illegal trafficking in the Ecuadorian rain forest.

Los Monos, Selva y Vida Foundation is a Swiss-Ecuadorian non-profit organization created in 2005 by Yvan Bouvier and Veronique Grand in order to protect wildlife and the indigenous traditions of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.

The future of the forest and its inhabitants are our greatest concern. ..

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Los Monos, Selva y Vida Foundation is a Swiss-Ecuadorian non-profit organization created in 2005 by Yvan Bouvier and Veronique Grand in order to protect wildlife and the indigenous traditions of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.

The future of the forest and its inhabitants are our greatest concern. The current government is exploiting the natural resources in an unsustainable way. In Ecuador, the deforestation and extractivism endanger the survival of the Amazon while the government continues its activities without any management plan to protect the affected flora and fauna. The massive exploitation of natural resources leaves the animals vulnerable to hunting, habitat fragmentation and pollution.

Wildlife shelter “Paseo de los Monos” opened in 2007 in order to serve as a refuge for wild animals in the province of Pastaza. In our sanctuary, we harbor more than 200 animals who became orphaned or badly injured due to illegal trafficking. We give shelter to many specimens which include primates, procyonids, reptiles, felines, parrots and other large and medium mammals.

Ecuador is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of biodiversity and its forests shelters to thousands of species that will dissapear if we don’t act now to protect them. For this reason, the team of Paseo de los Monos invites the national and international public to become part of the change and participate in our activities for wildlife´s conservation.

We are planning to expand Paseo de los Monos in order to have the capacity to receive and help more animals. Our biggest concern is that we do not receive any help from the government or from local authorities as we do from international help.

We offer people from all over the world volunteering opportunities involving many different activities. The experience for our volunteers is life changing!

The Animals 

Paseo de los Monos operates inside one hectare of native jungle located at ten minutes from the town of Puyo in the province of Pastaza. The animals arrived here usually are sick or injured and they need veterinary assistance as well as psychological help. The recovered animals are ready to join a family group inside the refuge. If possible, we proceed to liberate the specimen into protected areas with the help of the  Ministerio del Ambiente, the environmental authority of Ecuador.

Current Projects

Rescuing wild animals who live in bad conditions inside Zoo institutions

In Ecuador many zoos do not respect the basic animal welfare standards while they are still legally operating, they become a threat to our biodiversity. Our goal is to rescue and offer these animals better living conditions. For this reason, Paseo de los Monos invests in infrastructure and food for the specimens who have to suffer the mistreatment inside zoos. Among these animals, it is very common to receive kinkajous, olingos, nocturnes and other animals with mutilations. Since these irresponsible institutions cannot profit out of these type of animals, they do not give them any care or veterinary assistance, leaving them to die in sad ways.

Extension of the project Paseo de los Monos

Biodiversity needs to be protected as an important genetic resource that will allow to restock devastated areas in the future. To achieve this goal, Los Monos team is working to acquire a patch of primary forest located in the edges of Sangay National Park in the Ecuadorian jungle. This project intends to gather local and international investors, scientists, veterinarians and biologists who can help us get the land and build the necessary infrastructure needed to rehabilitate and release the rescued specimens.

Organic garden

So far we buy the animal´s food at a very high cost in the local market. We need to buy one hectare of land near Paseo de los Monos in order to grow our own vegetables and fruits for human and animal consumption. This project will allow us to control the quality of our products and to reduce running costs.


Paseo de los Monos: A view of wild animals in the middle of a botanical garden

In the middle of a dense tropical vegetation, we offer ecological and colourful trails with native forest that invites you to take a walk in nature. You can observe and photograph monkeys and coatis walking through the trees, birds in the search of food, hummingbirds pollinating flowers, butterflies, turtles, frogs and a variety of ants and insects. As you pass by the Peccari´s park, you will be followed by the spider monkeys who are walking the arboreal tunnels until the river Chilcayacu, a tributary of River Puyo. The river is clean and clear which permits our visitors to cool down and relax in the middle of the jungle as in a natural spa.

Tours in the jungle

We organize trips in the jungle from one to four days for visiting the indigenous communities. You will be taken to a beautiful walk into the jungle until a sacred fall where you can swim. Later, on your visit to the Shuar community, you will drink chicha (traditional drink) and enjoy the delicious maito. There is the option to navigate the great river Puyo and get to the highest viewpoint where you can admire the huge Pastaza River bordered by an impenetrable jungle.

We collaborate with a professional tourist agency Native Jungle Tours that provides us with professional guides.

Shamanism and healing

Here in Amazonia we are in close contact with real indigenous healers and shamans with international reputation. They are capable of curing diseases when western medicine is powerless. If you know a person in this situation, do not hesitate to make contact with us.


In Paseo de los Monos we organize Ayahuasca or Yage ceremonies. This traditional and ancient medicinal drink of the Amazonian culture is meant for people who want to know more of the deep self. It is also used to solve inherited problems, analyse particular situations in a close encounter with Nature.

Pessoa de contacto

Yvan Bouvier

Línguas faladas: Francês, Inglês, Esloveno
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El Paseo de los Monos revisões

Cora Patriarca rating5,0

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

Paseo de los Monos is everything you expect from a volunteering centre (and more!). While there we took care of many monkeys and other animals that’ve been victims of trafficking, bought as pets and for entertainment by humans. They’re now having the best possible life, interacting a lot ...
Charlotte Morinaux rating5,0

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

I had the best time ever for 2 days in La Paseo de Los monos. The team is incredible and the project is super and worth it ! You are in contact with animals that suffered from mistreatment or traffic for reintroduction in the nature. The team is explaining everything and you are taking part in all. ..
Aurore Freullet rating5,0

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

My husband and I visited Paseo de los monos for one week. The place has been recommanded by friends. We received a very warm welcome from the staff, the place feels like home. Their will to share with us helped us to progress in Spanish. We also shared very good time with other volunteers, ...
Alïta Laurén rating5,0

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

Volunteering at Paseo De Los Monos was a dream come true. I have always longed to work alongside primates, and this sanctuary has no short supply of charismatic creatures with desires to connect. I cried often; they were tears of wonder and awe. Monkeys are incredibly special and emotionally ...
Karin Jakobi rating4,8

2023 at Wildlife Rescue & Animal Caretaker

The staff are amazing from the second I got there everyone was making sure I am having everything that I need to help me feel like home even though they knew that I wasn't going to stay there long Kerol is the one who was directly responsible for the volunteers and I had one thing that bothered me ...
Volunteering in Paseo de los Monos was the best experience of my life. It was my first time travelling alone and also my first time volunteering, and I will redo it a million times ! While I was volunteering in Paseo de los Monos, I spent a lot of times with animals especially monkeys and I lived ...

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Life On Land