Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio


What a Day! The national park provided us with quite the adventure. In the morning, we got on a 50 cent bus from where we are staying to the park entrance and then paid the $10(!) entrance fee. Bag was packed with water, granola bars and a banana. Keen to hike!

Siri Kyler Manual Antonio

Can you spot the keeners?

Within the park there are several paths to different destinations. The first path we followed eventually lead us to a beautiful waterfall. The path became less and less obvious as we got further into the jungle and the crowds thinned out. By the time we reached the waterfall we were the only ones there.

Manual Antonio waterfall Siri

Nice to have a shower every once in a while!

We got back on the main “road” through the park and were stopped by the crowds. Their guide had caught sight of a sloth hanging out in the trees. We probably would not have noticed if their guide had not pointed it out. That is the cheaper way of spotting wildlife!

Why hire a guide when you can perve on other guys' spottings?

Why hire a guide when you can perve on other guys’ spottings?

Up in the trees we saw this weird animal that I had never seen before, a three-toed sloth. They have a slow metabolism and move very slowly – or simply hang out. Once a week they venture down to the ground to do what we all have to do. Once a week. Wouldn’t that be something?

Sloath Manuel Antonio

I am not sure if they are a common sighting or not, but a little bit down the “road” we came across another sloth. It was slooooowly making it’s way across a powerline. Every ten “steps” or so it would slowly swing around before it kept going. Some people walked by, snapped a photo or two and walked on. I kept thinking: “I wonder what it’ll do when it gets to the end of the powerline.” We stayed while Kyler was snapping away, I expected it to graciously swing itself around and move over to one of the nearby trees. Shockingly, the sloth (that we had somewhat gotten to know) touched the parts of the electrical pole you do-not-want-to-touch. Zzzzzzzssssszzzzzzzz. Zzzzzzzzssssssszzzzzzzzzzzzzz. With the little bit of life it had left it tried to save itself. Again, Zzzzzzzzzzzsssssssssszzzzzzzzzzz. The sloth got completely fried. It was the saddest thing I have seen in a long time. From one second to another, it was dead. Because humans feel like they need electricity within a national park this peaceful creature had to die.

Sloth powerline Manuel Antonio

R.I.P. little man

It took a little while to get over the incident. It was intense and made me really quite sad. We kept walking and got on the next trail away from the “road” with the powerline. Back to nature, more on the animals’ premise. The path took us up above sea level and the prize at the end was a stunning view!

Beautiful prize for a hike

Beautiful price for a beautiful hike

Pretty bird

Pretty bird

Keen for the view, keenfor the hike, keen for life!

Keen for the view, keen for the hike, keen for life!

On the way back from the viewpoint we were completely on our own and suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a whole pack of monkeys! They were all around us. We stood still as they closed in around us. One curious George came closer than the others. It ate a bit of a leaf on one side of the path, looked, crossed and nibbled on a leaf on the other side. Leaves were falling and trees were swaying as monkeys from further away came closer to us. Ironically, I was eating a banana at the time. You know, monkeys like bananas. After a while of being surrounded by monkeys, I did not feel comfertable holding the banana and kindly asked Kyler to handle it. We finished it, wrapped up the banana peel and made our way out of the monkey pack.

Just doing some monkey business

Just doing some monkey business.

"What, are you forreal??"

“What, are you for real??”

Just hanging out, no biggie.

Just hanging out, no biggie.

Possibly the cutest monkeybaby around.

Possibly the cutest monkeybaby around.

The monkey experience was really fun. We really found a group where we belong. They way monkeys act and move, along with their facial expressions to show emotions, is shockingly similar to human beings. I am not sure who is more advanced.

We kept on hiking and came across a few other animals. Some can be hard to spot. Some are less shy. Biggest surprise? Seeing a deer in Costa Rica!

Four of a kind

Four of a kind

A deer, in Costa Rica? Yes, it appears so.

A deer, in Costa Rica? Yes, it appears so.

A rakoon caught red handed. Hand in bag of chippies.

A racoon caught red handed. Hand in a bag of chippies.

These were the last two monkeys that were spotted.

We all agreed we'd had a great day!

We both agreed we’d had a great day!


8 thoughts on “Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

  1. You are some goofy cats (I mean in reference to the final shot only). Manuel Antonio is pretty incredible. It was like there were people in the woods pushing animals out at you to look at. Ya know, if you look at a map, MA is fragmented from the continuous jungle. Its a little refugia. Nice to be able to visit. Have fun and watch yourselves in SanJose. Cheers

  2. ekobyrne

    What is it that sloths do that “we all have to do”? If it’s what I’m thinking of, why can’t they do that from a tree?

    Imagining you standing in the middle of a pack of monkeys with a banana in your hand is simultaneously terrifying and hilarious.

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