Jan. 12 - Manuel Antonio National Park
After a delicious breakfast, we departed for Manuel Antonio National Park. Once in the park we were treated to watching two different three-toed sloths moving and climbing about in the trees. We hiked for about 90 minutes and saw a rare opossum quickly climb a tree, several agouti eating and a group of white-faced capuchin (monkeys) on the ground and in the trees, a Broad-Tailed Hawk, black iguanas climbing trees, raccoons, and hermit crabs.
After our hike, we relaxed in the beautiful bay at the park. The sun was strong, the beach sandy, and the water very warm. For lunch we traveled to a mangrove forest where we had casado (a Costa Rican plate) and then went on a boat tour on the mangrove. In this forest, there were four types on mangrove trees: Black, Pineapple, Red, and White. While on the tour, we saw many species of crabs, several Little Blue Herons, an Ibis, Mangrove Warblers, Sandpipers, a Collared (Lesser) Anteater, a Silky Anteater, and other birds and trees. After the mangrove boat tour, we went to the Quepos beach area to walk around. We watched Brown Pelicans catching fish and the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
In the morning, we are going back to the beach for two hours and will begin our trip back to San Jose for an early Monday morning departure. We are very thankful for the opportunity to see so much of God's beautiful creation. Our weather has been spectacular.