Manuel Antonio, April 5 – 7, 2011
We arrived on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica after going through the mountains of the Cordillera de Talamanca via San Isidro. From there, the road winds down to the coast to Dominical. Then goes north to get to Quepos, a town a few miles from the entrance to the national park.
Our hotel in the small town of Manuel Antonio was okay but somewhat more streamline than the Trogon Lodge in the rainforest. We were able to take the bus to get us in a few minutes at the entrance of the park. This park is very small compared to other national parks of Costa Rica. However, it offers a full experience of the ecological diversity of Costa Rica: sandy beaches some of which are unfrequented, a rain forest, a colorful and amazing wildlife and exceptional flora. Along the trail of Manual Antonio park, we met a bunch of squirrel monkeys that delighted us.
While hiking with a French guide, we came across a rufous nightjar just on the edge of the trail, on the ground, among the dried leaves and almost invisible. Without the guide, we would not have seen it.
Rufous Nightjar song On the beach we met and admired the sloths. Two different species live in this park: the two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) and the three-toed sloth (Bradypus tridactylus).
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