Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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Three-toed sloth Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

A three-toed sloth in Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

I guarantee you will see wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

There are certain parks in the world were seeing nature is not a question of if, but it is not even a question as it is a guarantee that wildlife will be seen. In the United States these parks are rare as wildlife like bear and moose can be elusive. In Costa Rica, parks like Corcovado and Manuel Antonio National Park guarantee that you will see animals. In Manuel Antonio, the guides guarantee you will see sloths and monkeys with a peppering of other animals like tarantulas and tree frogs thrown in.

The guides walk with huge telescopes, which bring the wildlife practically into your lap. It is possible to place your digital cameras inside the telescopic view finder and bring home memories you will cherish for a lifetime. Entrance to the park is $10.00 and for another $20.00 you can join a little group with a guide. I recommend going with the guide as they are trained to spot wildlife and they know where they are usually seen.

Manuel Antonio spider on a tree

Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica – Spider on a tree

The tour almost seemed like a fraud because our guide found the tiniest animals in the jungle that I would have never seen. I say it seemed a fraud because I wonder if the guide went around the jungle before we arrived and deposited animals, so we would discover them like an Easter egg hunt. Our guide spotted a tarantula that was upside down on a leaf that we gringos would have walked past a hundred times without seeing.

Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica tarantula

Tarantula found by our guide underneath a leaf – Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

The variety of animals was another amazing aspect of our hike. We saw mammals, spiders, lizards, colorful insects, frog eggs, and some interesting birds. The three-toed sloth were the highlights, but I enjoyed the tarantula just as much as well as the rainbow grasshopper.

Rainbow grasshopper Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica – Rainbow grasshopper

Green iguana Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Green iguana – Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

Howler monkey Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica – Howler monkey

Ctenosaur lizard Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica Ctenosaur lizard Costa Rica

Costa Rica Manuel Antonio raccoons

This nature I could have done without as these bandits stole my granola bars – Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

Three-toed sloth Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

Three-toed sloth at Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

Howler monkey Manuel Antonio

Howler monkey showing his pearly whites – Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

Three-toed sloth Manuel Antonio National Park

Three-toed sloth – Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica


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