Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio Travel Blog

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Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Monday so today is our chance to get in the park.  We were both up and out the door by 7am.  About a 10 min walk took us to the gate of the park and along the way were some cheap backpacker hotels for $7.  Pretty intriguing if you are looking to rough it.  Cost to get into the park was $10 and a guided tour is another $20 per person.  We are too cheap so we skipped the tour even though they seemed very informative and interesting.  We did catch and iguana a guide pointed out as we passed by, but again we did not take the bait and continued into the park on our own. 

The rainforest was very humid even in the morning.  The main path is wide enough for a car but the other trails were like a regular hiking trail.

Hiking the Hidden Port trail up the steep slope
  Much of those trails have blocks or rocks to walk on but the humidity kept them very slick.  Early in our hike we met two girls from the states studying in San Jose.  We worked together for awhile and found a sloth, few monkeys and new trails.  After splitting up  down another path Brenda and I went towards the “Hidden port”  It was a very narrow trail and at one point it was so steep  we had to rely on a rope along the path to keep from losing our footing and sliding down the trail into the ocean. 

We hiked the park for a few hours before heading towards playa Manuel Antonio.  This is the beach everyone goes to with the guides and there are many monkeys.

monkeys acting cute so another can sneak up and steal from you. They were an organized gang.
  We got quite close to a few and saw one steal a granola bar out of a lady's hand and I took a bar of soap back from one monkey that he stole from a lady.  The monkeys are a lot of fun but can become a nuisance if you have food around.  As Brenda and I were lying in the sun we heard a crinkle, looked up and saw a raccoon steal a bag of pretzels from another lady, leaving a trail of pretzels as it ran off.  After a few minutes we noticed the rocks and pretzels were moving!  Hermit crabs moved in and were eating the pretzels.  After another 5 min. the monkeys came back and were now hunting for more tourist food, all because of one bag of pretzels.

On the walk out of the park we took the exit by the beach.  We forgot the tour book said we had to wade across a river that may or may not have alligators.

Hermit crabs and the pretzels
  Eek!  Well, no gators today, the river was only mid calf deep and waiting on the other side were a few shops and a man selling coconuts.  For $1 or 500 colones we drank straight from the coconut.  Delicious!

The rain came in today at about 4:00pmp and it came hard.  Brenda and I were trapped in the lobby of the hotel but because the rain came earlier in the day, it also stopped with some night left and we were able to go into town for drinks and dinner.  We did manage to get some sunburn today despite our precautions.  We had sun block on but we think the backpack rubbed it off of me at the beach because my back looks like a disease with a red burn on my shoulder blades but a white line down my spine where the sun block stayed.  Oh well, Pura Vida.

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Hiking the Hidden Port trail up th…
Hiking the Hidden Port trail up t…
monkeys acting cute so another can…
monkeys acting cute so another ca…
Hermit crabs and the pretzels
Hermit crabs and the pretzels
Dangerous river?
Dangerous river?
Lizard
Lizard
end of the Hidden Port trail
end of the Hidden Port trail
Small beach off the hidden port tr…
Small beach off the hidden port t…
Lizard in the rocks.
Lizard in the rocks.
Monkey and her baby
Monkey and her baby
Raccoon stealing the pretzals.
Raccoon stealing the pretzals.
basking iguana on the beach.
basking iguana on the beach.
Angry monkey doesnt like pretzels
Angry monkey doesn't like pretzels
Corner of Manuel Antonio Beach ins…
Corner of Manuel Antonio Beach in…
Be ware of the monkey over my shou…
Be ware of the monkey over my sho…
Mmmmmm, fresh coconut milk.
Mmmmmm, fresh coconut milk.
Sun Burn disease.
Sun Burn disease.
Coolest sign ever.  Slow down for …
Coolest sign ever. Slow down for…