Everyday in Costa Rica was amazing but day three may have been just a tad better than the rest.
We were told by many as well as read online that you will most definitely see wild monkeys in your backyard. Up to this point, we had seen parrots and exotic birds but no monkeys. I will honestly say that I was getting quite disappointed. On day three, this all changed. Steve was out on the patio just looking out at the ocean. The kids and I were inside getting ready for the day. Steve storms into the house yelling, “Nell, monkey’s! Nell, monkey’s! Nell, monkey’s!” We all raced out to the patio and he was not joking. There were about 30 adorable little white face monkey’s migrating through our backyard. There was the alpha male in the far left palm tree calling out to the others. There were even a few mama and baby monkey’s. I probably took 50 pictures but only posted two here. It was amazing to see. They were everywhere and just so dang cute!
After watching the monkey’s in amazement we went out on our big rainforest adventure. One of the coolest things about this trip is the timing. We timed it perfectly and totally by accident. Apparently, we were in Costa Rica during the rainy season and during the lowest season. It was perfect! The reason why? Well, one reason is that we went to the 850 acre rain forest adventure park (Ocean Ranch Park) and we were literally the only people there. How crazy is that? We ended up getting a private tour with two guides and had the entire rainforest park to ourselves. Dee and I rode horses to start while the boys rode ATV’s. We all did waterfall canyoning which is much tougher than it looks by the way, but a ton of fun. Then it was off to zip lining. Honestly, we added the zip lining on after the fact as we didn’t initially set out to zip line since we had done it before when we went to Mexico. Man, we were so glad we did. We thought the waterfall canyoning would be the coolest part, but we were wrong. The zip lining was totally the best. I really believe it was because we were the only people there and instead of doing just 2 or 3 zip lines, we got to do all 10 with the last one being a half mile long and well above all the rainforest trees. Also, I am totally convinced that you can live forever if you are stuck in the rainforest. Every remedy you could ever need resides in this beautiful place. There was everything from a Bengay plant (it literally smelled like Bengay when you broke the branch), war paint leaves, dart frogs (poisonous frogs used by warriors to rub their poison on their darts) and cancer treatment roots. I was blown away.
What a spectacular day! Of course, everyday ended with us peering off the patio overlooking the ocean. There was nothing more relaxing and peaceful than just sitting there watching the sun set and listen to the waves crash. Pura Vida!