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Today we decided to visit the very famous Manuel Antonio national Park. We had to get up very early as we had been told that park gates open at seven and if you get there too late they’ll be a multi-hour line. Immediately after arriving we were swarmed with offers of tours and parking and somehow decided on our guide Eduardo. He was very nice and spoke great English And had a very powerful spotting scope. He also really liked Tiffany. He showed us the Eagles, two toed sloths, three toed sloths, white face monkeys, Howler monkeys, butterflies, and iguanas. We heard the tucans but never saw them. We then had a swim in the ocean at the beautiful beach. We also had a little bit of a an encounter with something called a coatimundi which ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Quepos February 12th 2018

We had a leisurely start to our morning before being picked up at our casa for a boat tour through the Damas estuary. The estuary runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean and is filled with mangroves. We had excellent wildlife viewing here as well and saw many birds including the world’s smallest kingfisher. White faced capuchin monkeys scrambled through the mangroves looking for food, we saw tree crabs, bats sleeping under a leaning tree trunk, iguanas in the trees, a four eyed opossum who was NOT happy we peeked in on him and a silky anteater that took forever to spot because our instructions were to look for a brown “clump” in the trees where our guide was pointing. We eventually spotted him (he was sleeping and balled up tribble style). We have so many beautiful ... read more
angry opossum
dirty monkey
Silky anteater

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Quepos February 10th 2018

Today we drove a measly 192 km....and it took us a whopping 4 hours. Back home, because of our long, flat multi-lane highways, that distance might take two hours max (and that’s assuming you respect the speed limit). Here, you can expect to go between 30 and 60km/hr on the majority of roads. Add to that roads that are mostly single lane, often hilly and sometimes unpaved. Although we’ve read comments about bad drivers, in truth we haven’t seen many (and certainly not more on average than back home). It’s just slow going - steep hills, sharp turns, towns popping up, people and dogs walking on the road, sluggish trucks and motos that you can’t always pass (because of all the reasons just noted). The key, really, is just to accept it. It’s slow because it ... read more
the Pacific
rice and beans
Her favourite spot

I woke up early in the morning. The first thing that came to my mind is that today is my last day in Arenal! I felt a mixture of emotion - I was both sad and excited. I was excited because I will travel to a new place today – Manuel Antonio in the Pacific coast. But the excitement was overshadowed by sadness that I have to say goodbye to David and family. Saying ‘Goodbye’ has been always tough for me, especially when I get emotional. David, Jorge, Carolina have built a special bond with me, showering their unconditional love and friendship; and I know it will be difficult to depart from that strong bondage with an emotional ‘Goodbye’ when I leave. Well, true love and friendship never die. And this one won’t die either, - ... read more
Leaving Arenal
Flight arrives Manuel Antonio
National Park, Manuel Antonio

Photos of beach and restaurant El Avion...... read more
Quepos, CR
Quepos, CR
Quepos, CR

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Quepos February 4th 2016

The best part of this 5-day stay on this central Pacific coast had to be the Hostel, “Wide Mouth Frog” (WMF): nice people, great guests from all over the globe, Danes, French and Canadians; swimming pool, everything tiled from all common areas and accommodations, to library and kitchens. (And being a lousy backpacker, I even booked myself into a single room rather than a dorm). Many of my fellow world travellers were somewhat luke warm on Costa Rica -- rumblings about too many “touristas”, declining authenticity, and more pricey than other central american states. On that thought, Manuel Antonio Park was absolutely beautiful,with picture perfect beaches……but by 8:00 am just one busload after the other, literally thousands of tourists, lots of them snapping pictures of spots of just vacated by wildlife, or of indiscernably shady spots ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Quepos December 4th 2015

Friday Today is our day to visit the nature reserve, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. It was declared a national park in 1972, preserving it from being bull dozed and razed for a coastal development project (they say with just minutes to spare!). It is Costa Rica's smallest national park and one of Central America's top tourist attractions. We caught the 6:20am bus just across the street from the hostel. The bus stopped along the ocean in Manuel Antonio, with just a 300M walk to the park entrance. We thought the park opened at 6am, but it was 7am, so we had a short wait to get our tickets. In the meanwhile, about five guys asked if we wanted a guide. We said we wanted to go solo. They wanted $65 for a private guide and $20 ... read more
Park Lizard
Ocean View from Park
Park Overlook Spot

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Quepos December 3rd 2015

Thursday Packed up this morning and waited for our taxi to go back to Quebrada Ganado, then on to Quepos. Hate to leave this lovely place, Cabanas Villas Mojolena. Such a beautiful setting and friendly hosts. Will miss the relaxing pool and long walks for birdwatching. As we were waiting for the taxi, I saw a little squirrel eating the coconuts in the tree by the edge of the pool. Taxi to Quebrada Ganado was cheap, $5, but extravagant Bob gave him $6! The bus stop was across the street from a central park and school. A young man said there are sometimes macaws on the almond tree next to the stop. The macaw cracks a big seed, and the almonds are inside. He also said there are howler monkeys in Quepos, but they usually stay ... read more
Almond Tree Fruit
Gecko at the Hostel in Quepos
Quepos Street Scene

I was sad to be leaving Monteverde the next day. I really loved the feel of the place, more remote and rural. Combined with the cooler temperature and great activities it was a winner for me. BUT the Pacific Ocean beckoned so we got on our bus for the 5 hour drive to Quepos and the Manuel Antonio National Park. Half way we stopped off for toilets and refreshments at a fruit bar place. Wow the heat really hit us as we stepped out of the mini bus. I had a wonderfully refreshing iced banana milkshake and then went to have a look at what was interesting people crowded on the road bridge looking down into the river below. Wow, there below us lined up on the sandy banks of the river were 36 crocodiles! Some ... read more
Crocs seen on the way to Quepos
Sharp teeth!
There were 36 in total!

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Puntarenas » Quepos February 4th 2013

We woke up a little before 5 am to catch a 5:30 am bus to Quepos. We were told that someone at our hostel, Chill Out Backpackers is always in the office by 5 am. This was not the case and since they had our $20 key deposit we were frantically trying to figure out what room the employee was in. Dan was banging on doors and I was livid that they weren't there despite the fact that we specifically told them we were leaving on the 5:30 am bus. A door opened and a couple of girls came out which happened to be people that we had met in Honduras! They were leaving for an early morning white water rafting trip and told us they had got their key deposit back the night before. What!? ... read more

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