Costa Rica

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My good friend Pauline and I traveled to Costa Rica for 10 days for a Thanksgiving holiday. Our main reason for going was to check out Corcovado National Park which is one of the most (if not the most) biodiverse places on earth. As it is costly to stay there, we planned on going to the park for 3 days after spending a night in Drake's Bay, then working our way to Domincal and Quepos (to check out the beach of Manuel Antonio) before heading to San Jose to catch our flight back. Here is a visual diary of our trip which I can honestly say has been the best trip for animal watching I've ever had the opportunity to take. Also, be sure to check out Pauline's amazing blog (@mama_voyage) for way more details on our trip as well as tips for being sustainable and budget friendly while traveling!

Small plane from San Jose to Drake's Bay

Small plane from San Jose to Drake's Bay

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Flying into Drake's Bay

Flying into Drake's Bay

Preparing for landing

Preparing for landing

Landed safely and now just have to drive through a river to get to our hostel

Landed safely and now just have to drive through a river to get to our hostel

Dream home in Bahía Drake

Dream home in Bahía Drake

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First macaw spotting of the trip!

First macaw spotting of the trip!

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This may just have been my favorite sight in Drake's Bay

This may just have been my favorite sight in Drake's Bay

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Sunset fisherman

Sunset fisherman

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First monkey spotting of the trip! This is the White-faced capuchin

First monkey spotting of the trip! This is the White-faced capuchin

After one night in Drake's Bay, we took a small boat (about 2 hours) into Corcovado National Park with our guide, Gersen, who I'd highly recommend if you are ever thinking of going to Corcovado (Guias Amigos De Corcovado). There was a torrential downpour during the whole ride and I found out that my water resistant pants didn't really resist much. We were now entering the most biodiverse place on earth which also seemed to be the wettest. After getting off the boat we took a short, muddy hike to Sirena Station which is the only place to sleep when staying in the park. Corcovado is where we truly got to disconnect and take in all the wildlife while wearing the soggiest of socks! *Pro tip, if you are going in or around wet season, bring rain boots!

Sirena Station

Sirena Station

Eagle

Eagle

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

An Anteater in the tree

An Anteater in the tree

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Gersen setting up the lens to see a distant toucan

Gersen setting up the lens to see a distant toucan

Toucans! Never got sick of seeing these impressive birds.

Toucans! Never got sick of seeing these impressive birds.

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The "Jesus Christ Lizard" can run across water which we saw him do twice, once in Drake Bay and once in Corcovado

The "Jesus Christ Lizard" can run across water which we saw him do twice, once in Drake Bay and once in Corcovado

We stopped at this tree which is Gersen's favorite resting spot...I could see why

We stopped at this tree which is Gersen's favorite resting spot...I could see why

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

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Tiger Heron

Tiger Heron

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Walking along the beach to avoid the mud

Walking along the beach to avoid the mud

Can you spot the ranger?

Can you spot the ranger?

My lady love, Pauline looking like a boss  @mama_voyage

My lady love, Pauline looking like a boss @mama_voyage

Fútbol/Soccer at Sirena Station

Fútbol/Soccer at Sirena Station

A family of pigs walking behind the station

A family of pigs walking behind the station

Can you spot the croc?

Can you spot the croc?

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A squad of vultures in the distance. Our guide told us this is a rare sight because these birds normally don't hang out together.

A squad of vultures in the distance. Our guide told us this is a rare sight because these birds normally don't hang out together.

Our next stop was Dominical which has some impressive waterfalls and hikes. We stayed with an awesome AirBnb/adventure tour (La Ceiba EcoAdventures) and were able to hike in their backyard to 4 different waterfalls. 

On the road to Dominical after a beautiful boat ride through Sierpe. One of the major crops here is palm oil which is pretty obvious as you drive along the coast.

On the road to Dominical after a beautiful boat ride through Sierpe. One of the major crops here is palm oil which is pretty obvious as you drive along the coast.

First of the 4 waterfalls we hiked to in Domincal

First of the 4 waterfalls we hiked to in Domincal

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This was my favorite waterfall we were able to see but a little too much moisture for my camera to handle.

This was my favorite waterfall we were able to see but a little too much moisture for my camera to handle.

Another impressive waterfall off in the distance--Costa Rica has no shortage!

Another impressive waterfall off in the distance--Costa Rica has no shortage!

After Dominical we went further up the coast to Manuel Antonio, staying in Quepos. We intended to visit the Manuel Antonio Park but upon arrival, we saw that the weather was a little grey/rainy and decided to stick to the free beach just outside the park which was absolutely beautiful.

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Extra bonus--there were 3 puppies to play with on this beach! Monkeys and birds are amazing and all...but puppies are always a plus.

Extra bonus--there were 3 puppies to play with on this beach! Monkeys and birds are amazing and all...but puppies are always a plus.

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Our last squirrel monkey sighting of the trip at our Bnb.

Our last squirrel monkey sighting of the trip at our Bnb.

Got a great farewell sunset for the last evening in Costa Rica. Can't wait to return.

Got a great farewell sunset for the last evening in Costa Rica. Can't wait to return.

Comment below if you have any questions or feedback:)

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