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QUEPOS - Manio Antonio and Beaches

G Adventures - Costa Rica

March 2010

Hola

I can hardly believe it is our last real day in Costa Rica. Time went so fast. Tomorrow we leave around 10 am to drive back to San José.

We had a wonderful and interesting day here, not to mention hot. It was about 36 at the peak today but you know the kids didn't complain at all. They were just anxious to hit the water.

We started our day with a tour of an animal refuge. It was a butterfly pavilion but also a reptile home for reptiles that are disruptive in the area. This included some snakes retrieved from local hotels....comforting, hey? We saw some great crocs but that was nothing to the 26 we saw on the side of the road hanging out in a river on our way here yesterday. Seeing animals in their natural environment is so different than seeing them in a zoo.

From there we went to Manio Antonio Nature Park, which is simply an area that is protected. We walked through the trail en route to the private beach and saw soooo many monkeys, including one carrying a baby, a snake, and a sloth. As we lay on the beach we had an iguana come right up and hang with us. I shared my mango. We sat under a hanging tree and the kids swam in the ocean for a couple of hours...loving it. We all had a short swim but the ocean is HOT too! As we lay under the tree we could look up and see lizards, iguanas and birds. It was like being in our own zoo. On our way outta the park we were walking and a lizard jumped and landed on my forearm. Well I shrieked like a girl. Not because I was scared but it was so unexpected and unusual. This provided great entertainment for the gang but not the lizard who I threw about 20 feet!

I later provided more entertainment when we stopped for milkshakes at a cafe and a white faced monkey took a dislike to me and threw mangos at me. The first time we thought it could have been an accident when he hit me in the head. Then there was the mango in the arm that has left a large orange stain, and the next one that almost hit my face. No coincidence. Unbelievable, these creatures. These are the most aggressive of the four types of monkeys living in Costa Rica. We were lucky enough to see all four. Anyway, everyone had a great laugh over this.

We are back at the hotel now. I am about to go for a massage across the road. Even though I am roughing it a little on this trip and wearing dirty clothes, I am still a princess on the inside.

A wonderful day with great friends, nature, animals, and laughter. I really can't believe this holiday is ending. We had only one day of rain and that was our long travel day...incredible.

I am highly recommending Costa Rica...especially for kids.

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Posted by curlygirl 19:39 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged family costa rica g adventures quepos

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