Manuel Antonio and good bye Amanda

Trip Start Dec 07, 2005
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Trip End Apr 10, 2007


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Manuel Antonio Tico Lodge

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

to cap off amanda's time here in costa rica, we jumped on a bus to quepos and stayed right near manuel antonio national park. we rolled into the beachfront town that is a few hundred meters' worth of restaurants and surf shops away from the entrance to manuel antonio. after finding a hostel, we got down to business to make the most of the few days we had at the park.

getting to the entrance of the park is not hard during low tide, when we had to wade through a small inlet. on the way out, though, the inlet was flooded by high tide and we had to hike up our shorts and watch the people ahead of us to see where the shallower parts were. of course there were a couple of guys waiting to paddle us across for a tip, but it was only about 100 feet from one side to the other.

once we got into the park, we booked a guide--we weren't planning to take a guided tour, but he offered us a cutrate (i think they usually book groups at the hotels) and promised we'd see lots more animals with him than without him. and he was right. he had a telescope and somehow spotted bats sleeping high up in the trees, cicadas, lizards deep in the woods, and gave us great views of sloths. we also saw howler monkeys, a coati (an eateater looking fellow), a friendly racoon that kept trying to steal food from people on the beach, and lots of garrobos, blue lizards that look like iguanas. so the tour was a good deal.

we spent the afternoon on one of the beaches in the park--i slept most of the time, while daniela and amanda swam and explored the rocks at the end of the beach. since it was midweek and technically still rainy season, there weren't that many people on the beach. on the way home, we saw some more monkeys at one of the hostels. people were feeding them, but we didn't have much luck giving them chips--they only wanted fruit. it rained on that night, but we just grabbed some pizza and went to bed early, tired from not stopping since taking the 630am bus from san jose.

it rained the next morning, too, but we waited it our and hit the beach around 10. at the hotel, a man who sells lunches to local vendors was working in the kitchen. before we took off for the beach, he fed some bread to a wild deer that came by--from his mouth. the deer apparently comes by everyday, accustomed to getting a snack from the guy or the guests. after breakfast, we headed down towards the beach and waited under the bus stop shelter for the rain to stop.

we spent the day lounging, swimming a little, and daniela and amanda got some real nice sunburns. we watched a bunch of locals (including the lunch guy, who everyone called "lunch") play a game of soccer on the beach. we packed up and headed back to quepos around 5, but when we got there we almost didn't get on the bus--the only one going to san jose was full, so we had to sit on the floor or stand most of the way back. not so fun after a day of scorching on the beach, but we made it and managed to get amanda onto her plane early the next morning.

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Tours
William Chaverria
777-4847
will_chavarria63@yahoo.com
a great bilingual tour guide that will show you a lot of animals you would not be able to find on your own.

Housing
Manuel Antonio Tico Lodge
tel (506) 777-5085
maticoladge@yahoo.com

Eating

In the Back of the Tico Lodge there is a kitchen that sells breakfast and luch for U$S2. They sell it to the local artisans, and dont tap into the tourist market. They are decent meals, if not a little on the oily side. and the guy feeds deer out of his mouth by the kitchen.

Here you can get a large pizza for U$S6, which is a good deal for this town. Its a cute, clean place to relax and eat.
La Posada
private jungle bungalows
777-1446
www.laposadajungle.com
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