Costa Rica - Part 3

Just a quick picture post…
We went to Manuel Antonio for the last stretch of the week. So first we flew in to San José, and then drove three hours to our hotel. There was lots to see on this drive—it was holiday (the patron saint’s day) so everyone was outside walking to the celebrations.
Our hotel was called Sí Como No, which I find hilarious because it perfectly captures a tourist’s/vacationer’s state of mind. Yes, why not?
This hotel was a bit more luxurious than Mawamba Lodge but just as beautiful, too. Like Mawamba, it was very integrated into the land on which it sits (the area was very hilly, somewhat steep). For instance, we had to go up and down a lot of stairs to get to our room, the pool, the restaurants, everything.
  To get to our room we even had to go over this bridge:
View from our balcony:

One of the first things we did was go to another butterfly garden! Luckily the butterflies were much more willing to stay put long enough so I could take a picture...








And on our way out of a the self-guided tour of the butterfly garden, we spotted our first White-Faced Monkeys! There was a whole family, Mommy, Daddy and Baby.
Nighttime view from our room…
Our first full day, we went to Manuel Antonio National Park, where we “hiked” into the forest and saw all of these amazing animals, plants and trees.


The frogs here in Manuel Antonio are not poisonous, our guide told us.




Towards the end, a group of Howler Monkeys put on a little show for us. There were about ten other groups, just huddled around looking up. Howler Monkeys (as their name suggests) do a ton of howling (literally like a wolf’s or a dog’s howl) to protect their territory. But it’s only the males that do the howling…

And at the end of the hike, we arrived at the beach and went swimming. Just as we were changing we saw a family of Squirrel Monkeys! At this point we had finally seen all four species of monkey in Costa Rica.

The beach…


Dolphins also made an appearance while we were in Manuel Antonio:

Our last glimpse of San José as we took off on the plane. I’d love to come back to Costa Rica. It was my first time really out of the country, but there are so many other places to see!


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Costa Rica - Part 3

Just a quick picture post…
We went to Manuel Antonio for the last stretch of the week. So first we flew in to San José, and then drove three hours to our hotel. There was lots to see on this drive—it was holiday (the patron saint’s day) so everyone was outside walking to the celebrations.
Our hotel was called Sí Como No, which I find hilarious because it perfectly captures a tourist’s/vacationer’s state of mind. Yes, why not?
This hotel was a bit more luxurious than Mawamba Lodge but just as beautiful, too. Like Mawamba, it was very integrated into the land on which it sits (the area was very hilly, somewhat steep). For instance, we had to go up and down a lot of stairs to get to our room, the pool, the restaurants, everything.
  To get to our room we even had to go over this bridge:
View from our balcony:

One of the first things we did was go to another butterfly garden! Luckily the butterflies were much more willing to stay put long enough so I could take a picture...








And on our way out of a the self-guided tour of the butterfly garden, we spotted our first White-Faced Monkeys! There was a whole family, Mommy, Daddy and Baby.
Nighttime view from our room…
Our first full day, we went to Manuel Antonio National Park, where we “hiked” into the forest and saw all of these amazing animals, plants and trees.


The frogs here in Manuel Antonio are not poisonous, our guide told us.




Towards the end, a group of Howler Monkeys put on a little show for us. There were about ten other groups, just huddled around looking up. Howler Monkeys (as their name suggests) do a ton of howling (literally like a wolf’s or a dog’s howl) to protect their territory. But it’s only the males that do the howling…

And at the end of the hike, we arrived at the beach and went swimming. Just as we were changing we saw a family of Squirrel Monkeys! At this point we had finally seen all four species of monkey in Costa Rica.

The beach…


Dolphins also made an appearance while we were in Manuel Antonio:

Our last glimpse of San José as we took off on the plane. I’d love to come back to Costa Rica. It was my first time really out of the country, but there are so many other places to see!


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