Regardless of where the road takes you this season, most of us can agree nothing makes a vacation more memorable than adventures that include fun, friendly animals!

From cuddly camelids to tropical birds and more, here are a few unique animals vacationers can meet during their travels this year.

Margarita the Spider Monkey
Margarita the Spider Monkey at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
A short drive away from the magnificent Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá ruins, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel offers more than 300+acres of lush, private reserve that focuses in the conservation of Guatemala’s native species. With 19 bungalow suites hovering over the Quexil Lagoon, the eco-luxe property offers guests a boat ride to Monkey Island, just beyond the lagoon, for the opportunity to admire the spider monkeys hanging from the trees and even feed them fruits and vegetables for breakfast! One spider monkey in specific — known as Margarita — swings from branch to branch just to make an appearance each time the boat passes by. Not only does she wave hello, but Margarita hops right on the boat to meet and greet guests and pose for pictures with them — she also stocks up on food for the day, but who’s judging? 
 
Panchita the Cuddly Alpaca
Panchita the Cuddly Alpaca at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
The colorful city of Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley of the Incas is the perfect destination for adventurous travelers looking for a rich dose of culture. A short drive from the city center, Awana Kancha - a llama, alpaca and vicuña farm — brings visitors face to face with the region’s most loved furry animals in all shapes and colors. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the resident animals eagerly awaiting to be fed giant handfuls of grass. The interactive feedings are followed by textile weaving demonstrations by the local women keeping the tradition alive. After a day long day of adventure, families can relax in  the historic JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, a 16th century convent turned hotel that is often frequented by Panchita- the sweet, cuddly baby alpaca that visits daily with her human and loves to spend time in the courtyard eating apples and posing for selfies.
 
Mitzy the Kitty
Mitzy the Kitty at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Mitzy is the resident feline at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. Received by the warmth and kindness of hosts and guests at the beautiful beachside resort, Mitzy instantly fell in love and decided to make it her forever home. Mitzy has since made the Marriott PV lobby her personal catwalk and can be found welcoming guests and greeting staff alike. Visitors to are invited to share their moments with their unofficial feline mascot on social media with the hashtag #HelloMitzy. 
 
Sunshine and Chance at The Palms Hotel & Spa
At The Palms Hotel & Spa guests can find Sunshine and Chance, the hotel’s two resident chirping parrots. 16 years ago, the two colorful macaws arrived at The Palms as rescue animals at just 2 and 13 years old, and with an expected life span of up to 50 years, The Palms is proud to have them as their very own mascot duo for many years to come. Sunshine and Chance adore attention from hotel guests, whether it be in the form of a friendly conversation, or snapping a selfie in passing on the way to the pool or beach. You can catch them in the hotel’s Little Gazebo, where they sit in the shade and greet guests throughout the day. Be sure to swing by the Gift Shop to grab a pair of stuffed Macaw animals to bring a little Sunshine and no Chance of rain home with you! 
Sunshine and Chance