Sloths, monkeys and reggae
Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
20Trip End Oct 04, 2007
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From Puerto Jimenez, we took a short flight up the coast to Manuel Antonio, a small touristy village in the rainforest, near a beautiful beach. Costa Ricaīs most popular national park is located here. We came with a mission - to see sloths!
The first day we were here we didnīt do much, since our hostel has such an amazing view and a nice patio with hammocks, we hung out there in the morning, made lunch, watched a really stupid movie about killer lions in Africa, and eventually tried to go down to the beach, just as it started raining (once it starts raining, it continues for the rest of the day). When we got back to the hostel a few of the other guests were out on the patio, so we talked with them and of course met another Israeli, a 23 year old who is in Central America on a visa run from the US where he has opened an embroidery business (although he has no permission to work in the country)
It was reggae night at a bar nearby so we went to check it out. I discovered my new favorite cocktail - rum and pineapple juice on ice. Yum! The party was nice, but people werenīt really dancing enough so eventually I gathered our whole group and made them get on the dance floor. Others joined us and we had a good time. A local Tico guy with a rasta cap showed me some cool moves.
Thursday, August 9th
We got up early to get to the park in time for opening at 7. It was a good move because this park fills up quickly with many, many tourists. First thing as we enter the park, we look to our left and see a small-ish caiman (like a crocodile) right next to us. He moved suddenly and we thought he was trying to hide, but it turned out he was just snapping up a crab for breakfast
After that we finally got to the beach and had our first swim in the Pacific here. The water is perfect temperature, and the waves were nice for bodysurfing, but there is a really strong current so we had to be careful not to get pulled down the beach. At the beach we saw another sloth, just hanging out in a tree and having a good scratch.
For lunch, we decided to treat ourselves to a break from rice and beans and went to a pizzeria next to a swimming pool. It was an excellent pizza, definitely worth the almost $10 we paid for it (as opposed to $3 each for a Costa Rican meal). As a bonus, at the pizza place we saw an agouti, which is like a giant guinea pig with longer legs.
Tonight I will cook us a gourmet pasta meal in the hostel with clams in tomato sauce with garlic and herbs. I hope it will turn out alright, Iīm not really sure what kind of clams we got.. .
Tomorrow itīs off to the Nicoya Peninsula, where weīre going to be for a few days learning to surf and hopefully seeing mass arrivals of Olive Ridley sea turtles to lay their eggs on the beach.
Until next time,
Phoenix and Ido