For one of the excursions outside of the resort, we decided to go zip lining.  It just so happens that this excursion started with a trip to Monkey Land!  Cute little monkeys??  Yes please!!

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Before I get any farther into this post, I must warn you that I have super frizzy, curly hair when it’s humid out.  It’s downright scary!  Thus, I resorted to wearing a large hat while poolside.

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Yep, a braid AND a hat takes care of that mess!

At night I just let it go curly and tried to tame it a little.

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But without any help, it was just not pretty!

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Hey, really nice looking hair lady!

So please try to see past my hair and see the beauty of the countryside for this post…

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The journey to the zip lines and monkeys took us into the mountains on the island and past some small villages.  It’s at times like these I like to point out to my kids how happy these people are to have clean water and electricity, and to reflect on that next time they whine about not being able to play their video games for *another* hour!

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I thought it was really cool because we got to see several fruits and vegetables growing there: pineapples, avocados, mangoes, cocoa beans, and coconuts.  Look close in the middle of the picture, there is a cocoa bean pod in that tree!  I had no idea they were so big.

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The monkeys live in a very large contained area (several acres), but they know when the tourists arrive and that the tourists are bringing them food!  When we went into their space, within a few minutes about a dozen monkeys appeared from out of the trees and bushes.

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They walked over to our bowls and selected their favorite treats out of our well stocked bowls.  They scampered all over our arms, shoulders and on top of our heads gathering their food.

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A couple of mommy monkeys also appeared with their babies clinging to their back.  The babies hold on to their mom all day long, even when they are sleeping!  It was pretty amazing to see them.  And they were sooooooo cute!!

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After the monkeys (“what, we can’t take them home??”), we headed over to the zip lining building and got geared up for our adventure.  There is something kind of badass about getting all of that gear on!

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The zip lines were controlled by us – using a large leather glove we could slow ourselves down (pulling down on the cable), or speed up (by letting go).  We were taught how to make the perfect landing, and off we went!  We went on 10 different platforms that had varying heights and features.

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Some were really fast, and others went across the water and through the lush landscape.

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It was really beautiful in the mountains!  It was a really great day that we’ll never forget.  The zip lines were fast, and a lot of fun!  Here is a quick clip of me zip lining…

Thanks for taking to the time to endure the bad hair pictures today.  More fun vacation pics to follow!

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Q: Is your hair affected by humidity? 

I swear there were people by the pool with perfect looking hair.  How does that happen??  I really did brush my hair on vacation.  I promise.

Q: Monkeys – want one for a pet, or are they just a little too sneaky for you?

Q: Have you ever been zip lining?  If so, where?

10 thoughts on “Punta Cana – part 2 – Monkeys & Zip Lining”
  1. The zip lining looks so fun!!!!! I am not sure I am brave enough to try, but I can only imagine how awesome it must be!!! Looks like a fun filled vacation in such a beautiful place!!!!!!!! As for the hair, mine is the opposite, the humidity makes it just absolutely FLAT! UGH!!! And we deal with humidity daily here in south georgia!

    1. I had never thought about people getting flat hair in humidity! I don’t think I’d be sad about that at all! My hair also has a lot of static in the winter when it’s dry out. But for right now, it’s just in need of a really deep conditioning treatment. Pool water and salt water really did a job on it!
      Zip lining really wasn’t scary at all, just a lot of fun!

  2. That monkey and zip lining adventure look like so much fun. I have never been zip lining. I would love to see all of those monkeys though. My husband and I try to go to lots of different zoos and we love to see the monkeys- especially the gorillas that to me always just look like a man in a monkey suit!

    I have natural curls… unless it is humid and then it is so frizzy! So I feel your pain for sure. I love the braided/hat look though. Very cute and hides the frizz.

    That is a good lesson to teach your kids. I know we *all* need reminders that much of our worries in our lives are much smaller worries than many people living on this earth have. It puts things into perspective and we all need that from time to time. I needed it now- my panties have been in a bunch by something that is totally a first world problem, so thank for for this post!
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    1. Humidity, ugh. Headbands won’t stay on when I run, so my hair pretty much looks like a fuzz ball after every run.
      Yes, I do hope my kids get it and grow up thankful for what they have. It’s really important to me.

  3. Awwwww I loved seeing your hair in this post Lisa, good on you for keeping it real! My hair is usually a frizzy beast so it made me weirdly happy to see someone else dealing with humidity issues (and still looking gorgeous btw!). I am not too keen on monkeys but my bestie had one for years in Indonesia! They move so very fast right? Freaks me out a little! Looks like such a beautiful vacay, I am jealous 🙂 my turn soon- winter in NZ!
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    1. Yep, I kinda cringed a little when I saw my pictures from Monkey Land, so I have to keep it real!!
      Those monkeys are really fast, and able to climb all over you really quick!

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