Buy Billabong Shares and Don´t Feed The Monkeys
Trip Start Sep 29, 2007
215Trip End Dec 20, 2010
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Manuel Antonio is a village at the entrance to a national park, packed with international tourists and a popular gay destination..... for the boys. The place has beautiful forest backed tropical beaches, rocky headlands with ocean and island views and prolific wildlife. We are hoping to see a sloth here and of course more monkeys, maybe an armadillo. The park is closed tomorrow, bugger it so we will do our laundry and sit on our arses on the beach all day, i think i might buy an esky.
Nadine bought some of the resin clay souvenirs from an especially unique artist who allowed us up into his work studio to view pieces and we cruised along the beach while Europeans on holidays sat on deckchairs with umbrellas, para glided and bounced around shrieking while riding those tacky resort style water hot dog banana rides. There was a little spring break type action going on however the beach was beautiful and palm fringed. We ventured up to the top of the hill to see the bar that is inside an old airplane on top of the hill and then on the way down had the very special surprise of a large tribe of squirrel monkeys cross our path. These guys were very active and fast doing large jumps from tree to tree
We had dinner at the slightly expensive restaurants along the beach then had a little ipod party in our room whilst it rained outside.
Today we went to the National Park which was a little too marked with trails and cleared. We did a few kilometres walk and near the end we were lucky enough to catch the larger white faced monkeys who came very close to us, a little bit tamed due to people feeding them. These cute monkeys are black and white and very furry. If caught feeding the monkeys the rangers print your photo in the local paper and you are forced out of town. We were able to get some great shots of the monkeys. At one point my day pack was open on the ground and a rogue monkeys made a bee line straight for my pet monkey, Baby Monk who was hanging out there. I also had a banana in my bag that i think attracted it. Nadine saved Baby Monk who is not too happy because we think he is in love.
After missing the tickets on the earlier bus to San Jose, Costa Ricaīs capital we had to wait three hours with a new friend Nina from Sweden and scored a direct bus to the famous īdangerousī Coca Cola bus terminal, the site of many thefts and bag grabs
We met our room mate Emily from the US and also a nice pixie boy named Blake from Canada. Blake was a little like Johnny Depp wearing pixie socks and had a pointy at the ends moustache. I thought we was delightful. Blake had all his travel money stolen and was now working with a film crew who are making a global warming documentary in Mexico. We shared loads of info about music festivals and gatherings.