Manuel Antonio National Park
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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.
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.
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.
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.