Exotic Bali in a Day: Rice Terraces, Monkeys, Temples and More

Mandala Suci Wenara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud Bali, Indonesia

Clearly, a day in exotic and exciting Bali is not enough. Even in the rain, the island is fascinating. For us, it was a cruise port with Royal Caribbean. We docked in Benoa and hired a private driver to show us the sites. We skipped the beaches as it was raining most of the day. Here […]

Cartagena Port in Colombia: Toucans, Iguanas, Monkeys and More

Toucan at the Port of Cartagena Columbia

Toucans, iguana, monkeys and other animals greeted us at the Cartagena port as we walked off the Island Princess cruise ship in Colombia. Not “wild” animals per say, although many appeared to be free. Along with the more typical duty free shopping and a cafe, these animals appear to be part of a nature park provided by […]

Macaque: The Tale of a Tail in Malaysia and Morocco

Macaque eating a banana at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Spotting wild monkeys always makes us smile when we travel. My first encounter was long before I met hubby. We were drifting down the Belize River at dusk when my friend’s father pointed out the howler monkeys up in the trees. This was in the days before I had a digital camera, and the photos […]

Travelers Aren’t Immune To Danger: Don’t Pet the Monkeys!

immune to danger

You’re not immune to danger when you travel. Sometimes travelers need to hear the obvious. Do you ever look at other travelers and wonder what they are thinking.  Here is a general rule that works for us: if it’s not safe or smart at home, it probably didn’t improve when we went into a third […]

Photo: The Monkey God at Batu Caves, Malaysia

monkey god

This larger than life statue of Hunaman, the Monkey God is located at Batu Caves, in Selangor, just outside of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Photo ©Rhonda Albom 2012 Larger than life, this huge statue of Hunaman seemed a bit of a surprise at the far end of the Batu Caves temple complex, located outside Malaysia’s capital city […]

Barbary Macaque at Cascade D’Ouzoud: A Moroccan Waterfall

Morocco waterfall

Just three hours north of Marrakesh is a spectacular waterfall – Cascade D’Ouzoud.  The hills surrounding it are loaded with greedy little barbary macaque.  They are old world monkeys, a species of macaque found outside of Asia with a vestigial tail. Once we spotted one, we saw them everywhere. They are quite adorable, but wild so we kept […]

Djemma el fna: the Square in the Marrakesh Medina, Morocco

Djemma el Fna cobra

Djemma el Fna is the big square in the center of the Marrakesh Medina, and is not like anywhere we have been.  By day it is filled with hand craft vendors, snake charmers, monkeys (and their humans) and horse drawn carriages.  At night the food stalls are put up and there is BBQ everywhere. We […]

Wild Monkeys at Batu Caves in Malaysia

Another adorable wild monkey - this shot © Sarah Albom 2012

I had heard mixed things about Batu Caves including enough negative that I wasn’t really sure I wanted to visit. I can say now that I am glad I did. We were touring for a few days in Malaysia with Ben, a guide that we would happily recommend to anyone. He encouraged our visit and […]