Saturday, July 20, 2013
Manuel Antonio National Park
The Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica's smallest national park, but the diversity of wildlife in its 6.83 km2 (3 sq mi) is unequaled with more than 100 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Both Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth and Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth (perezosos) are a major feature, as are three of Costa Rica's four monkey species — the Mantled Howler monkey, Central American Squirrel Monkey, and White-headed Capuchin monkey. Black Spiny-tailed Iguana, Green Iguana, Common Basilisk, White-nosed Coati and many snake and bat species are also very common in the park.
Among the species of birds that can be observed in Manuel Antonio National Park are: toucans, woodpeckers, potoos, motmots, tanagers, Turkey Vulture, parakeets and hawks. Dolphins can be observed there, as well as the occasional migrating whale. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking are the most common activities in the region, while enjoying the tropical wildlife of Manuel Antonio.
Manuel Antonio is one of the Costa Rica's most visited park. The park's popularity has led to development of the surrounding areas, with environmental impacts to nearby forests and beaches.