Manuel Antonio is amazing! Included in the Manuel package is an small town, beautiful sandy beaches and waves, friendly people, and Manuel Antonio National Park; all of which introduced us to Costa Rican coast in just the right way. We woke up bright and early at our hostel and and grubbed on some surprisingly tasty pancakes supplied by our 12 dollar a night hostel (the name is Backpackers and I highly recommend it). We took a bus down to the park and immediately encountered a guide at the drop off. Marvin, our guide, turned out to be the best thing we could have asked for . He was originally going to charge 15 dollars a person but he decided gave us a deal for 8 dollars a person for an hour and half tour of the park (telescope included). He told us if we didn't see wildlife we didn't have to pay him at the end, so we figured it was safe bet to take the tour. We saw soooo much wild life! Marvin, an expert at his craft, was able to find animals that would have been invisible to our very untrained eyes. As the tour continued we we Marvin became more and more fond of us. I think appreciated being able to speak in Spanish during a tour. I am not sure if Marvin lost track of time or if he really did like us a bunch, but the tour lasted 3 hours instead of the promised hour and a half! We saw monkeys, sloths, assorted birds, iguanas, and much more.
Marvin left us at a beach within the park and we stayed there for the rest of the afternoon. Tranquil. Truly tranquil. That is of course until I strapped my Go Pro to my head and attempted to body surf. Sadly the Go Pro was not in proper position, and I did take it off at times. It was such a bummer because when I wasn't wearing it some crazy stuff happened. For example, a small group of us were attempting to hike to a more secluded beach that Marvin had talked about when all of sudden a family of at least seven Capuchin Monkey sprang out from the trees! The mother was very unhappy with me to say the least. I was told that my face was mere two feet from one of the monkeys, her face was of absolute disgust, and she kind of took a run at me; not nearly as friendly as the Capuchin in Ace Ventura.
Our playa privada :)
The Monkey that nearly jumped on my head. Thank goodness Lauren told me to look out!
The next morning we headed to the public beach of Manuel Antonio where we sipped on some fresh coconuts, practiced some yoga, and drew some masterpieces in the sand. The bus came around 12 to bring us back to San Jose. A great first weekend with the new ACM family!
I will be posting on how home life and classes are going very soon!