• rose

Outsmarted by a monkey, yet again

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Our first experience with monkeys was a few years ago in Bali, Indonesia. While at the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Devon had his sunglasses stolen off his head after a cunning monkey tricked him into lowering his guard (by giving Devon a fantastic head massage!). In Indonesia, we were able to get the sunglasses back; this time, we didn't have quite the same luck.

Manuel Antonio National Park is a bit of a crazy place. The first day we arrived around 9AM to find a line up of 150 people. We were told it would be a 3-4 hour wait to get in. We were shocked! It is low/shoulder season, and it was a kind of rainy and gray day...in the middle of the week too! So instead of waiting in line, we decided to hit the beach and explore a nearby waterfall. It turned out to be the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon!

The next morning we arrived at the park early, and still had to wait a few minutes to get through the entrance. We were worried that we would be disappointed after all the hype and anticipation. Fortunately, the sun came out, and we had a beautiful day to explore the forest and beach areas in the National Park. We even came to terms with the $16 USD entrance fee.

We saw and heard howler monkeys, white-headed capuchin monkeys, colourful forest crabs, huge butterflies, lots of birds, racoons, and an agouti (picture a large guinea pig).

Mid morning, we were standing at a lookout observing a group of monkeys, when Devon's camera battery died (poor timing!!). He went to put the camera back in his bag, when *POW* out of nowhere, another monkey came from behind and stole our lunch right out of his backpack. It all happened so fast! It almost seemed as if they were working together...some of the monkeys formed a distraction, and then the other monkey went in for the kill. We were really disappointed to have 1) fed the wildlife (very unintentionally) and 2) lost our delicious pastries to a group of monkeys. Monkeys: 2, Rose & Devon: 0. The saga continues.