The Colourful Flora and Fauna at Manuel Antonio Park

I used to be honored to be awarded The Present of Happiness, an initiative by the Costa Rican Tourism Board to spend a million {dollars} to ship folks to Costa Rica for per week (600 journeys have been awarded). It was impressed by the truth that the nation is constantly close to or on the prime of lists of the happiest nations on earth. I used to be given a alternative of a number of itineraries, and I selected the one which centered on eco-tourism and seeing an genuine aspect of the nation. I went from Might 10-17, 2012. Here’s a put up from my wonderful journey!

One of many highlights of my journey was visiting Manuel Antonio Park, a nature protect on the Pacific coast. It has a number of paths within the jungle, nevertheless it additionally has a number of pristine seashores. We have been picked up at our lodge with a bunch of a number of different People, all anxious to see a world of wildlife not like something seen at dwelling. Upon arriving, we have been instructed that no one is kind of certain who Manuel Antonio was. It’s suspected that he was an previous man who used to reside on the land, however rumors and legends abound.

Our information (as have been all the opposite guides we handed) was geared up with a robust scope in order that when he noticed a creature, he may shortly set it up and permit us to check out it up shut. When you have been to easily stroll straight alongside the trail we traveled, it might take lower than 20 minutes. It took us nicely over two hours, as we stopped almost each 15 ft–our information stored discovering creatures.

Our information displaying us a coconut

He was a wizard. He would out of the blue cease us and excitedly arrange his scope, solely to point out us a tiny, flat tree frog 30 ft within the air almost obscured by leaves. All of us couldn’t consider how straightforward it was for him to seek out animals of all types, particularly ones that have been nicely camouflaged or very far-off. He had studied nature in faculty and was extremely enthusiastic about vegetation and animals. That was one factor that actually struck me about Costa Rica–the entire folks actually love and respect nature, and do the whole lot they will to protect it.

Listed here are a few of my photographs from the park. I needed to take some from very far-off, in order that they aren’t as clear as I would really like. Regardless, seeing a lot wildlife in a single place was a treasure!

A three-toed sloth in Manuel Antonio Park
A 3-toed sloth
Sloth in Costa Rica
Mr. Sloth, legs unfold, scratching his stomach (no disgrace)
Sloth in Costa Rica
Mr. Sloth hanging upside-down
Toucan in Manuel Antonio Park
A toucan taking a look at its child in a nest
Toucan in Manuel Antonio Park
The toucan feeding its child
Frog in Manuel Antonio Park
A really flat frog on a leaf
Squirrel monkey in Manuel Antonio Park
An cute squirrel monkey
Black iguana in Manuel Antonio Park
A black iguana
Lizard in Manuel Antonio Park
One other lizard in Manuel Antonio Park
Rattlesnake flower in Manuel Antonio Park
Rattlesnake flower, which resembles the scales of its namesake
Beach at Manuel Antonio Park
Beautiful seashore at Manuel Antonio Park
Massive tree roots at Manuel Antonio
Huge tree roots at Manuel Antonio
Bats at Manuel Antonio Park
Bats lined up in a row. We have been instructed this can be a protection mechanism made to make them seem like a snake, particularly after they transfer.
Beach at Manuel Antonio Park
The ocean has a number of huge rock islands
Beach at Manuel Antonio Park
Me having a bit yoga enjoyable on the seashore! (It’s laborious in moist sand!)
Squirrel monkeys in Costa Rica
A bit laborious to see, however this can be a squirrel monkey carrying her child on her again
Squirrel monkey in Costa Rica
One other cute squirrel monkey
Fungus in Costa Rica
Fungus that seemed like a cocktail umbrella

Butterfly in Costa RicaHave you ever ever been to Manuel Antonio Park? What did you suppose?