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Monkeys

Sun, sand and a beautiful beach

sunny 30 °C

February 15 2015

The sun rises at 6 a. m. as do we. Today we were off on the local bus to Manuel Antonio National Park about 20 minutes away. It’s the country’s most popular park, although not it’s largest, they only let 600 visitors in a day. Although our guide had bought our tickets already, he was worried that we still might not get in. By 8 a.m. we were in along with many other people. Spotting wildlife was not hard, just look for the group of people with binoculars, cameras, and spotting scopes.

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It was breakfast time for the families of howler monkeys who were jumping from tree to tree with amazing agility even with a baby on their back. As the morning warmed up (interesting concept when starting at about 25C) the butterflies became active and flitted about around our heads. The most impressive, IMHO, is the neon blue morphos’ with an 8 inch wingspan that just ambled down the path in front of us.

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Our destination was the white sand beaches with a water temperature of about 30C. We left most of the group to enjoy the beach and headed off down the trail in search of white-faced monkeys or capuchin. We saw howlers and beautiful views but no capuchin. Disappointed we headed back to the washroom only to come across a group of about 10 white-faced monkeys chowing down on the fruit of a tree along the trail. On the ground below them was a family of racoons scoping out tourist’s backpacks to plunder.

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After a dip in the ocean and a laze in the sun we headed off to check out some of the trails in the park. The area is hilly so the park had constructed wooden staircases that went up and up and up (yup, it was really warm by now) eventually displaying wonderful views over the bays on either sides of the peninsula that we were on. We even found some birds and animals on our own without the help of guides or tourista paparazzi.

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We made our way back to the resort area of Manuel Antonio to catch the local bus back to Quepos and a dip in the pool. A very nice dinner finished a very nice day.

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Posted by Colenso 19:08 Archived in Costa Rica

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