Elissa and Chris's Latin American misadventures.... travel blog

Manual Antonio

Manual Antonio

Manual Antonio

Manual Antonio

Manual Antonio

Manual Antonio

Manual Antonio

Dominical

Dominical

Dominical

Dominical

Dominical

Dominical

Dominical


We have spent the last week sunning ourselves on the Pacific Coast. First stop was the National Park Manual Antonio which is one of the more popular parks in Costa Rica, and the first one we actually saw lots of people in (as in the rest of the country, most of these were Americans). The park was beautiful although extremely hot and sweaty, surrounded by a number of gorgeous beaches. We saw lots of iguanas and monkeys chasing each other around in the trees which was entertaining. Tourists feeding the monkeys is a big problem here though, so the animals arenĀ“t afraid of people anymore.

Not so beautiful was the town we stayed in 15 minutes away from the national park, called Quepos, where people stay who are too poor to afford the parkside accommodation. In the three years since our guide book was published, the town seems to have developed a serious drug problem, along with the already acknowledged problem of open sewerage in the streets - not nice when it pours down like it did when we were there and the drains flood. While we were in town there was even a march by the school kids against drugs, not the usual nighttime activity you see around here.

Happy to leave Quepos, we moved down the coast to a small surfer village called Dominical where there isn't much happening and the waves are enormous. Have been doing very little except Chris has been surfing a few times, trying to relive his glory days with marginal success and a little sunburn! Tomorrow we head back to the capital San Jose for a couple of days before flying to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.



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