Photos: Manuel Antonio National Park

It’s fun to reminisce about our old travel experiences. One of my first solo travel experiences was in Central America, which I’m still in love with to this day. I have yet to find a place that holds so much adventure, mystique, and history all in one tight compact space. Many of the people who follow my writing closely have read my account of my experience in Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, and the attack of nature, but today is going to take a different look at the park, a simple picture display from this amazing place.  Just for the record, these pictures were taken in 2005 and I was using a camera that hardly even could be called digital.  My photographic skills, as you’ll see, weren’t what they are today.  Still I hope you enjoy the photos from this amazing place, Manuel Antonio National Park.

Going into the park

Poetic tree leaning out for a drink

One of the many beaches

Green view from halfway through the hike

One of many of the park’s birds

White-faced Capuchin Monkey

The view from the top… incredible

Raccoon scavenging for my lunch… rascal!

Coati coming down for some of my lunch… Rascal #2

Mama and Baby White Faced-Capuchins… eating my lunch… rascals #3 & 4

Amazing Iguana perching right next to me.

Sunsetting over the Pacific from my hammock perch at the amazing Hostel Vista Serena

Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. No sloths?! The cutest animal in all of Costa Rica…haha. I was amazed at how much wildlife I saw, considering how many people were there. Love the view from the top! We didn’t hike up that far.

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    • Ash, we saw a sloth, but it was WAYYYY up a tree… definitely the cutest animals ever (ya I said it koala bears). I got in as soon as the gates opened, so there wasn’t too many people there when I hiked up to the top, the view was incredible!

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  2. Beautiful pictures! I love Central America, the area is so rich in history and isn’t as plagued by tourism as Europe.

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  3. Wow, outstanding pictures. Any was right – you are a great photographer! 🙂

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  4. Awesome pics, especially of the creatures! I love monkeys, and that shot of the bird in its nest is fantastic. Looks like you had a great time! I’ve been dying to go to Costa Rica.

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  5. Such a fan of Manuel Antonio… spent some great days / nights there. Ah, Costa Rica…

    stay adventurous, Craig

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