One minute of jungle sounds from a hammock in the Amazon

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¡Bienvenido a Costa Rica!

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It’s hard to believe that flying to Costa Rica from the District of Columbia is easier than traveling to California, but it’s true.

Our two hour flight to Orlando was followed by a three hour flight to San Jose, both on the comfortable and customer service oriented JetBlue airlines.

As soon as we exited customs, we were greeted by a dollar rental car rep and escorted to the shuttle for our off-airport car pick up.

30 minutes later, we were on the road to the pacific coast for our three night stay at Manuel Antonio National Park. It is the country’s smallest national park, but it is frequented by travelers due to its pristine beaches and ample wildlife.

We reached the park at 7:45 am, which was perfect timing, as we had the paths to ourselves and had plenty of opportunity to see monkeys jump through the trees above us and raccoons, lizards, and agouti run along the path before us.

We had a great hike on well designed paths. A gorgeous electric blue butterfly greeted us as we entered the park, and a sloth waived goodbye as we exited.

By 10 am we felt like we had a full and amazing day!

Sometimes it rains on your plans–especially in the rain forest :-)

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Well, it hasn’t done much but rain during our two night stay in the jungle, so all I’ve been doing is reading and eating pad thai – which is kind of nice, but I’ll be good and ready for a serious kayaking session if the rain ever stops!

During dinner, the power went out and we were told it probably wouldn’t come back on tonight. Fortunately, wifi came back on with the generator and I was able to download a book and a flashlight app (why doesn’t this come standard on the iPhone?) before heading back to my bungalow.

So, I have to say, walking to my bungalow – alone, in the dark, in the rain, through water to my shins, with the sounds of the jungle all around me – was kind of creepy! Thank goodness the hotel staff assured me if my room needed to be evacuated during the night, they would wake me up.

As I entered my bungalow bathroom to hose off my feet, and saw a cockroach scurry across the title floor, I just said, “eh, you’re the least of my worries” and promptly found my way under the mosquito netting to try and sleep a bit. Oh, if only mosquito netting kept out centipedes…

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand, 2013-June