Jaco, Manuel Antonio National Park and ATVing!

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The SKINNNNY bridge!

Friday was another fun day!  We had the morning to take the bus down to Manuel Antionio National Park- this place was beautiful!  It is a national park where surfing is very popular.  We went to a beach in a protected cove, so the waves were not very large, but if you go outside of the cove, it is one of the planet's best surfing destinations, next to the North Shore on Oahu. 

On the way down and back from Manuel Antonio, we had to cross this TEENY-TINY bridge, it was only about 12 feet wide, and I have NO IDEA how the bus even FIT on that bridge!! 

There are many surf schools that work out of Manuel Antonio.  We parked just past Quepos and then walked about 1 mile to the park.

On the way to Manuel Antonio
  When we arrived we had to wade through some water that was about mid-calf high (little did we know it would be about 4 feet deep in the afternoon when we left and the tide was in!)  We had the option to take a hike around the park and see more wildlife, or we could just lay on the beach and swim in the Pacific Ocean.  We opted to just swim and get a little sun.  Larissa took the hike and got some great photos of three-toed sloths, black iguanas (so far, we've only seen green iguanas), toucans, parrots, and the spider monkey (a fourth variety that we had not seen yet!)  Apparently the monkeys here are very used to tourists, and they will steal people's belongings when they are not looking ;-)

After leaving the park, we had a little free time in Quepos to do some shopping, they had a flea-market set up with many vendors.

Mom on the ATV
  Bev bought a couple of rayon wraps and we were checking out the prices on the wooden bowls.  We're still holding out for Serrachi - which is supposed to be the best shopping tomorrow. 

We took the bus back to Jaco and had a free evening.  Bev, Mom and I scheduled an ATV tour of Jaco.  We got to the store, had the quick safety demonstration (i.e. how to use the break, clutch, change gears, and put on the helmet.)  The tour was about 2 hours long and went up some very steep mountainsides which gave us a GREAT view of the Pacific Coast.  Our guide was great, he was very patient, since Mom and Bev had never ridden an ATV before. 

There was one spot where we were going up a very steep grade and it had recently rained, so it was very muddy - we were having a tough time getting up the hill - so the guide stopped us, and pulled each of our 4-wheelers up the dangerous part, then let us ride again.

Chestnut Mandible Toucan
   We went up to the top of the mountain, then back down a different way.  He stopped us at the top where there was a great photo op of the entire city at sunset! 

We also saw a TON of Chestnut Mandible Toucans - and also many Scarlet Macaws It was amazing to see them just flying around - because it was their natural habitat.  The only time I have ever seen either of these birds was in a cage in a pet store, or as someone's pet in Hawaii where they let you take photos of it - for a fee. 

We made it back to Jaco safely, no bumps, bruises or hurt egos.  Everyone did a great job!!  We gave our tour guide a tip and headed back to the hotel for a shower, dinner and the pool. 

Tomorrow we are heading back to San Jose, by way of Serrachi and our trip is almost done.

Bev on the ATV
  We were having a great time, but I'm usually ready to go home after 7 days.   Not that I want to go back to work, but I'm ready to sleep in my own bed again .... and bring home my new dog!

 

 

Day 8 • Central Pacific Coast, Manuel Antonio

This morning drive by the Carara Biological Reserve. This tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary is one of the world’s few nesting places for the scarlet macaw. Then, visit Manuel Antonio National Park, home to the playful rare squirrel monkey. Time to beachcomb or swim at the pristine beaches (on Mondays, visit Manuel Antonio’s beautiful public beaches instead). Lunch. Return to your resort to enjoy leisure time. Dinner. BLD

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The SKINNNNY bridge!
The SKINNNNY bridge!
On the way to Manuel Antonio
On the way to Manuel Antonio
Mom on the ATV
Mom on the ATV
Chestnut Mandible Toucan
Chestnut Mandible Toucan
Bev on the ATV
Bev on the ATV
The walk to Manuel Antonio
The walk to Manuel Antonio
Black Iguanas
Black Iguanas
Jaco from the mountain
Jaco from the mountain
The Pacific
The Pacific
Spider Monkey
Spider Monkey
Scarlet Macaws
Scarlet Macaws
Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio
Jaco
photo by: anlis