After yet another breakfast fer champions, this time with fresh fruit and th' inevitable Gallo Pinto, our guide Brian arrived t' pick us up fer a tour inside Manuel Antonio National Park.
Yesterday, we negotiated a good price o'er th' phone, and today were bein' th' day.
We got in our boat and followed th' guide t' th' park. After parkin' and gettin' th' entrance tickets, $10, as usual, we were off. The park itself is only 7km² and a large part o' it is accessible through senderos or paths. The main path leads t' a large intersection o' paths, one o' which leads t' th' central Manuel Antonio beach.
The main path is actually nearly a sea, but as it is wide and clear it is also a very good location fer spottin' animals.
In th' scorchin' heat we have seen a very large troop o' Squirrel Monkeys as they crossed th' sea. Shiver me timbers, pass the grog! This is th' first time we’ve spotted those, by Blackbeard's sword! that were bein' a real treat. You know it is a good sightin' if th' guide starts takin' pictures!
We also encountered many other animals, big and small, includin' th' two other species o' monkeys livin' inside th' park: Howler and White faced Capuchin Monkeys. We even got t' see e few sloths! And swab the deck! They unfortunately refused t' show themselves, and remained that grey blob high up in th' tree, we'll keel-haul ye! And hoist the mainsail! 🙂
The guide even offered us th' sweetest pineapple I’ve e'er tasted at th' end o' th' tour, and helpfully told us we could stay in th' park as long as we wanted.
With th' temperatures risin' t' well o'er 30 degrees again, we didn’t feel like walkin' a whole lot after th' tour. And decided t' see some o' th' beaches inside th' park. As it were bein' high tide at th' time, we didn’t get t' go t' many o' th' beaches, t' we walked back t' th' main beach and found ourselves a nice spot under a tree, right next t' some Costa Rican dudes and black lizards. Aye, they were really close, approachin' us t' within two metres! The Italian couples next t' us were scared out o' their pants, which made th' situation that much more enjoyable.
The water here is really nice, but th' swell is enormous! It is hard t' stand up in these waters, but it is too much refreshin' t' resist. Ahoy, I'll warrant ye! Aye, this must be one o' th' few times I actually enjoyed swimmin', and dinna spare the whip, I'll warrant ye! 😀
We went back aroun' 3, only t' grab a quick bite and gear up fer th' next tour: a night tour t' view frogs!
We had th' best pizza yet, in a place called El Wagon. It looked very much like th' standard tourist trap, but they offered awesome pizzas. The lace even included recliner chairs t' sit on, and a full size train wagon t' have yer dinner in! Shiver me timbers! The rains started t' pour quite heavily durin' dinner, which didn’t give us good hopes about that night…
Around 6, Brian showed up again, and we drove off t' th' private property th' tour would be in as th' National Park closes at 4pm. Even with th' rain, we have seen an enormous amount o' frogs! Red-eyes tree frogs everywhere, in total we have spotted 9 species o' frogs, most o' which I cannot remember th' names o'. Includin' th' many other nocturnal species like night jars, bug-eatin' crickets, spiders and much more, this were bein' a very good trip.
Tomorrow, we are off again, and leave Manuel Antonio fer Ojochal which is also along th' Pacific Coast. And hoist the mainsail! Who knows what this place has in store fer us!