Argentina Howler Monkey Project - Fact File
The Argentina Monkey Project is located approximately 11 kilometres from La Cumbre, a small town about 75 kilometres from Cordoba, in Argentina.
La Cumbre, the nearest town to the project, has a population of around 8,000 and is popular with Argentinian tourists in the summer months, especially January and December. There are many outdoor activities in the area such as hiking, horse riding and river swimming. There is even a golf course!
La Cumbre has a museum, a tourist information centre, shops and a few hotels. Volunteers usually spend their first night in one of La Cumbre's hotels and are transferred the following day to the project. The cost of the hotel and tranfser are covered by your volunteer placement fee. Transfer from Cordoba to La Cumbre is also covered.
The project is in an area which sees very little in the way of tourism and gives volunteers a unique insight into rural Argentinian life.
The location provides a safe area away from civilisation to allow the undisturbed rehabilitation of the Howler Monkeys. At the project there are more than 100 monkeys that live freely in areas within the sanctuary.
Volunteers wishing to visit La Cumbre during their placement will have to make the short journey by taxi as there is no public transport between the project and the town. It really is an unspoilt rural location!
In keeping with the project's rural surroundings, accommodation at the sanctuary is simple and basic. There are few urban comforts but it provides volunteers with a true back-to-nature experience.
The accommodation is in shared rooms (2-3 people per room) in basic stone huts in a very rustic environment. There is a toilet and shower in an outhouse about 5 minutes walk from the rooms. The shower is heated by lighting a fire - full instructions are given when you arrive!
There is no electricity or running water on the rooms themselves, but there is electricity in the salon where volunteers take meals and relax. There is no internet on site but you can visit internet cafes in La Cumbre, where you will also find laundry facilities. In some of the higher parts of the sanctuary you can get a mobile phone signal for which you can buy a local SIM when you arrive in Argentina.
Food is prepared and served by the centre staff. The meals include breakfast (a simple meal of tea, mate cocido - an Argentinian herbal infusion - bread and marmalade) and a simple lunch and dinner.
If there is a particular food that you can't live without, you can buy provisions in La Cumbre. At the project there is a fridge where you can store your food purchases and a small stove to heat food.
Getting to the Howler Monkey ProjectGlobalteer will arrange for an airport transfer from Cordoba Airport to La Cumbre. The journey to La Cumbre takes approximately 2.5 hours and, after leaving the suburbs of Cordoba, travels through lush, green countryside, past lake-side resort towns and small rural settlements.
The nearest airport to this project is Cordoba, Argentina (Airport code COR).
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The region where the Argentina Monkey Project is located has two main seasons, winter and summer. Winter runs from May to September, when the average high temperature ranges between 19 and 22 degrees Celsius and the overnight lows can go down as low as 4°C. For the rest of the year, high temperatures average between 19°C and 31°C, with lows between 16°C and 18°C. So, bring lightweight clothing but also a jacket, sweatshirt, or sweater, for those cooler evenings.
November to March is the rainy season, when rainfall averages between 120mm and 170mm so, if you’re volunteering during those months, a rain jacket would be a good idea. The work on the project continues whatever the weather!
Volunteers are expected to work seven days per week at this project. Depending on the number of volunteers at the project, you can arrange time off in advance with the volunteer coordinator.
Days off and half days off can only be taken by one volunteer at a time (if these are during working hours). Outside of working hours you can go to town whenever you want, alone or with other volunteers.
If you do manage to get some time off, there are some great local activities, including:
• For some excellent views, hike up to Cristo Redentor, the 7-metre statue of Christ that stands on a hill high above La Cumbre
• Horseback riding, from a few hours to several days
• Parachuting, paragliding and flying in an ultralight can all be arranged at Aeroclub La Cumbre, as well as other local operators
• Guided mountain bike rides and treks through the beautiful local countryside or just rent a bike and do your own exploring
• Take a tour in a 4X4 to Jesuit churches, abandoned villages, high mountain passes and more
• Visit the lovely Olaen waterfall – and bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip
Population: 43 million
Capital: Buenos Aires
Area: 2,780,400 sq km - 8th largest country in the world
Languages: Spanish (official), English, German, Italian, French
Religion: Roman Catholic
Currency: Argentine Peso (AR$)
Life expectancy: 74
Literacy percent: 97
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