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Day 8 Quepos - Manuel Antonio N.P. - Quepos (14 Km.)

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(in 7 Km.) Manuel Antonio: This wilderness area is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the province of Puntarenas. It is located about 157km south of the city of San Jose and 7km south of the city of Quepos between Damas and Matapalo. It was established on November 15, 1972 with an area of 683 hectares on land and 55,000 hectares in the marine part.

Manuel Antonio N.P.- Puerto Escondido
Manuel Antonio N.P. - Puerto Escondido

With one of the most impressive landscapes throughout Costa Rica, the park offers white sands and green foliage amid high mountains. Here adventurers will have a myriad of activities to do, from hiking on the trails of the park, trips by kayak around the coast, horseback riding or fishing, everything for everyone in Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio N.P. - White-faced monkey
Manuel Antonio N.P. - White-faced monkey

Among the most outstanding wildlife, we find the raccoon, the coati (coatimundis), the agouti, the two-toed sloth, white-faced monkeys, felines of considerable size and marmoset, endemic subspecies of the park and is in danger of extinction due to destruction of their habitat and their use as a pet. In the area it is common to see species of birds like the toucan, pelican or hyacinth, the grouse, the osprey, green kingfisher and Chirin coke. It is possible to observe iguanas, lizards, snakes and many insects.

Manuel Antonio N.P. - El mirador (viewpoint)
Manuel Antonio N.P. - El mirador (viewpoint)

The Manuel Antonio National Park is in the area of tropical moist forest life. Protect areas of primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove, beach vegetation, marine environments, islands and a lagoon of 14 hectares. The most characteristic species of flora in the primary forest are red guacimo, pylon, cedar Mary, the white locust, the surah, the black locust, timber tree in danger of extinction, the milky, the rain tree and ceiba.

Manuel Antonio N.P. - La catarata ()waterfall
Manuel Antonio N.P. - La catarata (waterfall)

Some trails lead to hidden corners of the park as leading to a small waterfall (with a slightly complicated access). The highest path leads to a small viewpoint located on a cliff overlooking the bay of Puerto Escondido.

Manuel Antonio N.P. - Manuel Antonio beach
Manuel Antonio N.P. - Manuel Antonio beach

This area has the most beautiful white sand beaches, trails where one can see firsthand the nature that offers the tropical forest. The three most popular beaches are: Playa Espadilla Sur, that has a somewhat strong swell, but not dangerous for swimmers. Its length is 800 meters and is located in a bay. Puerto Escondido beach is relatively small and has 80 meters long. Finally Manuel Antonio beach: one of the safest for bathers, with some strong waves and where you can go snorkeling better, especially towards the ends, on the rocks, being here many marine fauna.

Manuel Antonio N.P. - Iguana
Manuel Antonio N.P. - Iguana

(in 7 Km.) Quepos: We left the park to return to sleep at Quepos. Right on the way out we can see some iguanas, one of the most characteristic animals in the park.


 

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