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    Bird watching

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 26, 2007

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    I'm no expert but I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful birds in this area of Costa Rica . The amazing thing about Costa Rica is the diversity of animals and birds for such a small country.

    Sometimes the best birds weren't on the trails but would visit us at the pool or outdoor restaurant.

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    White faced monkeys

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 26, 2007

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    The first time we saw these fellows was from our hotel balcony one morning. We tromped twice through the park and hike for hours on the various trails...saw none. The next morning there was a clammering on our roof and there they were...a whole troop . They're beautiful monkeys..quite large. The white-faced Capuchin monkey diet consists of fruit, leaves, insects, small mammals and bird eggs.

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    Iguana on beach

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 26, 2007

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    We heard a rustling behind us as we sat on the beach.having lunch....it gave us a bit of a start...it was a big friendly looking iguana. I think he was looking for some sandwich. The beach at manuael Antonio had tons of iguana. There were some vibrant colored ones as well.

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    Coatis Mundi

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 26, 2007

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    This cute little guy ( from the racoon family) stolled across our path while we were looking for monkeys in Manuel Antonio . The male travels alone ....the females are often in large groups. I got so excited I didn't get a great picture. Sorry!

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    Squirrel Monkey

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 26, 2007

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    The tiny squirrel monkey is amazing .It is the only region in Costa Rica we have seen this little one.The smallest Costa Rican primate, the squirrel monkey, or titi, is restricted to the rainforests of the southern Pacific lowlands. By 1983, the Central American squirrel monkey had already declined drastically through clearing of forests. Currently, deforestation and tourism development are the major causes of decline. Insecticide spraying, the pet trade and electrocution from electric power lines have also adversely affected these squirrel monkeys.

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    Manuel Antonio Park

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 26, 2007

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    This is the park that originally brought so many tourists to Manuel Antonio...now they come for the beach as well. You would see more with a guide and there are lots available ..at the entrance. Make sure you get one with a scope.
    There are many trails in the park ....the steepest is cathedral ( actually saw the least wildlife on this one ...but the view is good). The widest main trail is a favorite hangout for the monkeys and its easy to spot the birds here too.
    As with all trails its best to go early in the morning.
    Park opens at 7AM and is closed on Monday
    entrance fee is $7.00

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    Relaxing in the Pacific Sunshine

    by Bwana_Brown Written Dec 13, 2003

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    Despite its rather deceiving name, the Fiesta Caribbean Resort is actually located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, only a short drive away from Puntarenas! After our pleasant stay in the rain forest foothills at Villa Lapas, followed up by our trip to Arenal volcano, we were now ready for some serious relaxing at a more traditional type of resort! We really enjoyed both the swimming pool area and the dining facilities in this resort. It was also great just to lay around in the sunshine for the final few days of our trip before we had to head back to the frozen wastes of the north. Our room was really nice as well and we continued to enjoy the company of our friends Frank and Isabel from our earlier adventures at Villa Lapas!

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    Hot Springs !

    by Bwana_Brown Written Dec 12, 2003

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    Once it became clear that our effort to observe the Arenal volcano was not going to work out, due to the cloudy weather, the bus dropped our entire group off at the nearby Tabacon Hot Springs. This is an amazing series of hot and steaming pools of water bubbling out of the volcano, some being hotter than others. The entire area is very well landscaped with foliage and equipped with great changing rooms, gift shops and restaurant/bar complex. Normally the admission fee is US$19 for adults but we were admitted as part of the volcano tour package. There is a small fee to rent a locker for your clothes and any other personal belongings that you want to stash while relaxing in the soothing waters!

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    See a Volcano!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 12, 2003

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    On our attempt to see the relatively nearby Arenal volcano, we were thwarted by clouds around its peak, as you can see in this photo. Nevertheless, you should take a stab at trying to see at least one of the volcanos in Costa Rica - usually you do not get the opportunity very often! Arenal, at 1633 m (~5000 ft.) high is the most active volcano in the country, regularly spewing tumbling rocks, ash, smoke or lava on almost a daily basis. This volcano had been dormant for 400 years and was actually considered extinct until it suddenly erupted in July, 1968. That unexpected eruption killed 87 people and destroyed 3 villages. Not long before our try, a couple of people had been killed when they got too close and were taken by a surprise eruption.

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    Try Bird-Watching While You Chill-Out

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 11, 2003

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    After our morning exertion on the Skyway, it was time to savour some of the delights of Villa Lapas! One of my favourite spots was their outdoor patio area beside the restaurant that overlooked the brook as it trickled down from the mountains. Here, it was not difficult to enjoy a cold Imperial beer as the gentle breezes wafted by! I have always found that, as a bird-watcher, no matter where you are in the world, it makes life more interesting if you just observe what is going on around you - sometimes it is amazing what you will see if you take the time to look! While sitting here we saw several species of small birds as well as the graceful White Ibis and what looked like an Anhinga - a bird with a snake-like neck for darting fish.

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    On the 'Skyway'

    by Bwana_Brown Written Dec 11, 2003

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    The Skyway had pedestrian suspension bridges in the rain forest interspersed with footpaths down the mountain from its starting point high above, eventually ending up back at Villa Lapas. Our guide, Eduard, really knew his stuff and easily pointed out many things that we would have blindly walked past! Along the way we were treated to, among other things, a hornet's nest, two Black & White Owls in their nest, a Chestnut Mandeble Toucan, Trogons, two mating tree frogs and a Kinkajou! In addition to the wildlife, it was also interesting to observe the many different types of trees and plants with their oftentimes beautiful flowers. Altogether I was very pleased with the 2.5 hour excursion!

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    Walk in the Tree Tops

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 11, 2003

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    One of the main reasons that we had decided to stay at Villa Lapas was the opportunity to experience a walk in the canopy of the rain forest. For only C$66 for the two of us, we were able to book a 9 AM start at the resort office (best to get out as early as you can before the heat of the day has its effect on the wildlife!). After being driven up to the starting point for the 'Skyway', the Costa Rican-trained zoologist who conducted the tour gave us a very interesting overview of the wildlife situation in Costa Rica. From our vantage point, we also had a great view down to the lowlands, including a distant view of the Pacific Ocean!

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    Watch the sun set

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 26, 2007

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    I never get tired of seeing a sunset and they are always unique in every place ..
    here are some pictures taken from out hotel high above Manuel Antonio.

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    Playa Manuel Antonio

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 26, 2007

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    This white sand 1/2-mile-long beach, , is beautiful and safe for swimming. We liked stopping when we returned from our hike , for a nice refreshing swim. There are bathrooms for changing in the park.

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