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Monkeys, hiking and biking

22 March 2017

sunny 85 °F

Alright, I know yesterday had a lot of monkey photos but I just can't help it, they are SOOO cute. There were not as many hanging around this morning but I swear one came up to the other and said, " Can you do my hair?" I photographed these white faced monkeys for a while before breakfast.
We decided to go on the nature hike again with Mom and Dad and were glad we did. This guide had many more stories than the first one we had and we saw much more. Very first thing high up in one of the trees was a howler monkey. Costa Rica has three types of monkeys: spider, howler and white faced. We have only one more to spot.
Next the guide explained about fruits that you could make in to maracas and another one that had "potion" inside that could kill you.
Nearby there was a turkey vulture warming up in the sun.
Guanacaste is the only tropical dry forest but it has the corteza tree that blooms only in the dry season. It makes a colorful splash in all the brown!
He showed us a termite nest that was taken over by bees and also a termite nest with actual termites and my Dad even ate one! Supposedly they taste like wood.

After the walk we tried to go paddle boarding or kayaking but it was apparently too windy. The water looked like glass and it has been windy every day we have been here so my hopes of doing either of these activities is pretty low.

So we rested and ate lunch before taking another bike ride. On the way back to the room I saw this bird eating the flowers on the tree. I think it is a parakeet of some kind.
We were told every town no matter how small would have a church, school and soccer field. El Jobo is definitely small but it has all the requirements.
We went down the hill to the next beach over but it was not much to look at. All beaches in Costa Rica are public and this one seemed to be for fisherman. A bunch of boats were tied to the trees. We moved on quickly to have an ice cream in our little shop from yesterday. curt bought some Volio coffee to take home and we got a piece of gum from the owner.
We rode back for a quick dip in the pool before a pretty weak cooking class on how to make gallo pintos (rice and beans.)
When we went back to the room for dinner we were surprised to find monkeys on our balcony. We watched them going back and forth for a bit, the mom taking a drink from the pool and another monkey wondering where all the M&Ms went.
We had dinner at Portofino, the Italian restaurant and went to rest before our day trip to Nicaragua tomorrow!

Posted by ErinDriver 20:43 Archived in Costa Rica

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Great blog. Enjoyed the read. Cute monkeys :) We loved the howlers in Belize. So nice that you went on a bike ride in the country side. Looks lovely.

by aussirose

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