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Day 9 - Manuel Antonio National Park

Puntarenas Province
 

 

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It's a Sunday, so it's an early start into the National Park itself as numbers are capped each day.

The walk to the beach was through lowland rainforest that teemed with life.

Many of the trees had crabs patrolling the trunks...




A tiny fungus that looked as though it was made of plastic...




The broad leaves were home to numerous animals.

Bat - Vampire Bats are common in the area, but I'm not sure what species this guy is...



Swallowtail Butterfly...


 
Gladiator Frog...



Somewhat less cute, a mother Tarantula with young...



Locust - about 6 inches long...


 

More fancy Heliconia Bracht action...


 

Mantled Howler Monkey...


Adult Sloth - our closest encounter to date...


 


Squirrel Monkey - these were quick and stayed high, until a branch broke and one of them took a bit of a tumble - he was fine, occupational hazard...





A little further on, we were lucky enough to see a baby 3-Toed sloth at pretty close quarters...








The beach, don't be fooled by the clouds, it was plenty warm enough...




There were also lots of Hermit Crabs patrolling the vegetation near the sands...



and some fine lizards - female Ctenosaur...


Where there are females... it didn't take long for a male to arrive...


Showing off...


Before settling down on the beach for a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing (burning in my case) we took a walk to a nearby headland for a better view. The jungle was pretty dense and the paths very muddy, with occasional glimpses out to the ocean...

It was supposed to be quite empty of larger wildlife, but we still saw raccoons, a sloth and a number of Agouti's. Here one is having a munch in the dim light under the canopy, even though it was nearly noon...


There were some good waves to play in...






The group relaxing...





You couldn't relax completely though, as Raccoons also patrolled the beach - Emma had to fight off a mother and 3 good-sized cubs to stop them eating the plastic bag containing the plantains they had taken.

Anita waves this chap away with her snorkel...


On the wander back we had more Sloth action...





Very unfussed White-Tailed Deer...


A Cherrie's Tanager near the hotel...


More tucking into bananas at a bird table...

That night we ate at a place called El Avion, which incorporated a whole Fairchild C-123 aircraft into the building. It was one of two used by the CIA to supply arms to the Contras in Nicaragua - the other one was shot down...






 

  



The bar was in the cargo hold...


Gecko's on the wall & ceiling above the till...




Next Stop - Day 10 - to Golfito


Day 1 - Travel to San Jose Day 6 - To Monteverde Day 11 - Golfito
Day 2 - To Tortuguero Day 7 - Monteverde Day 12 - To Savegre Valley
Day 3 - Tortuguero Day 8 - To Manuel Antonio Day 13 - Savegre Valley
Day 4 - To La Fortuna Day 9 - Manuel Antonio Day 14 - To San Jose
Day 5 - La Fortuna Day 10 - To Golfito Day 15 - San Jose & Home
 
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