Conversing with the Monkeys

I am sitting on the terrace of our hotel here in Manuel Antonio, enjoying the happy chirping of the squirrel monkeys who are bouncing around in the trees in the jungle next door. They are so beautiful and gracious and so at home on the branches at an average height of at least 20metres above the ground.. Sliding on the leaves, clinging to the smallest of branches in their travels among the tree tops. I have to admit, I am a tiny bit jealous now… How fun it all looks! And here I am, stuck in a rocking chair.

Oh well.. at least I have amazing views just like them!

We arrived in Manuel Antonio yesterday, on one of the hottest days of the year as far as I am aware.. The air is so humid over here its like you are wrapped in cling film, with a light shimmer of sweat all over you on a continuous basis. I have melted many times over today, and its not even 11am!

Manuel Antonio is a fabulous little place, we passed three hours this morning in the park enjoying encounters with deer, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, blue jeans frogs, sloths, jesus christ lizards, “pig thingies” that look like guinea pigs with longer legs, iguanas and all kinds of random animals. The nature is just stunning, walking around at the Catedral tip you felt like you were in a bubble of greenery that just radiated off the rock. Incredible..

We definitely wanted to do the park during our trip down here, but are also very keen on getting to go snorkling for some under water encounters as well.. Exciting! I love having nature so close to me. I do love the city as well, with all its lights and possibilities and excitement, but nothing beats the glory of nature..

During one of our ambitious moments we set up a little website about our experiences here in Manuel Antonio, we decided to call it the Best of Manuel Antonio and want to show people first of all what we experienced during our trip here, but second of all, we wanted to give other people some insider tips on what to see and what to do if you do manage to head out here. I cannot wait to get the site up and running properly as well as do some more investigations with regards to what else is out here in this magical place.

The monkeys have calmed down a bit now.. Having gone from Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Ricasliding across the leaves and running havoc on the fence to the next door neighbour, they have now move on further along the road. I guess I should not monopolise them..

We are packing up our stuff as well now to move over to the next hotel. Its so full here over Semana Santa that we had to do one night at this hotel and the following two at another hotel, but hey, could be worse, at least now we get to review two more hotels for our Best of Manuel Antonio site. Excellent!

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