Rainmaker and Goodbye to Manuel Antonio!

Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Titi Villa

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Thursday, January 10, 2013

We hired our amazing guide Dago to take us to Rainmaker - a private nature reserve about 45 minutes outside Quepos.  We asked him to bring his sister along and some of her yummy burritos!  So at 6am on Monday morning, Dago and his sister picked us up at Villa Titi and took us to Rainmaker.  We passed many palm plantations along the way and workers collecting the fruit for making palm oil.  They were using carts and oxen - no tractors in sight!  
The trip started with Dago handing me a small yellow fruit that had fallen on the ground.  "Good fruit" he says, "tastes like cheese."  I'm thinking, I really like cheese and pop it into my mouth.  The first bite was pretty good, but then it had a horrid aftertaste.  My Nanzi fruit ended up on the ground of the parking lot.

So we are handed walking sticks after paying the entrance fee and begin our hike.  Caleb really wanted to find frogs this time and Dago knows this, so he is constantly stopping and searching around the plants, under leaves and dead fall.  We stopped for a bit and Dago told us all about leaf cutter ants showing us a humongous ant hill.  The queens are apparently almost three inches long!  After this we hike up stairs - I think Aiden counted 140 altogether.  We crossed a few suspension bridges that were wobbly and make of metal grating.   The views were beautiful!  Waterfalls and streams flowed below us and the canopy of the trees were at eye level.  We spotted a few birds - one with red eyes, but I can't remember the name of it - and some hummingbirds.  We saw a few anoles of different colours and then came out to a pool in a river with a short waterfall.  Jim and Caleb immediately threw off their shirts and jumped into the cool water.   However, this was not the warm beach water that I had been used to and declined a swim until further on.  After watching the boys swim for a while, we carried on with our hike. Dago led us across a bridge to the "natural shower" and here we all proceeded to get wet!

 Down below the falls we ate burritos and Caleb found numerous "zebra legged" frogs.  I can't find any info on these frogs, but they were really tiny with striped legs.  After coffee we continued on with the hike.  We met up with a park maintenance worker who pointed out a baby eyelash viper snake.  Through translations with Dago we learned that the worker was recently bitten by a viper, needing hospitalization and so he was putting a label close to the snake to show the danger.  I have no idea how the snake stays near the sign.  It must be akin to the deer crossing signs in Banff where the deer just naturally know where to cross!   Dago continued to search for frogs for Caleb.  We must have looked for close to an hour in this last ditch effort before we left the park.  I found a toad - apparently it releases a white poisonous substance - and I found some interesting plants here.  The maintenance worker joined in the search and eventually brought over some frogs he called "rain frogs".  He also found a cool looking anole with a yellow throat that he pulled at in our benefit.  I felt sorry for the little creature!  So Caleb did end up finding a few frogs in the wild.

Our last days in Manuel Antonio were spent eating at "Pirate Sushi" and playing at the beach! On our last trek down the hill to the beach we were treated to an amazing show by a three toed sloth.  We stood and watched him work his way down branches, up the trunk and maneuver himself over to a neighbouring tree. He was absolutely beautiful! 

 On our last morning as we wondered why our villa was named Villa Titi in honour of the Titi squirrel monkeys we didn't see the whole time we were there - lo and behold a troop of Titis wandered through!  They were curious little monkeys who came fearlessly close, probably looking for handouts.  We watched them for quite a while, chattering to each other while the Howler monkeys howled in the distance until our ride showed up to take us into the mountains of Monteverde.

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viajamos on

The pictures are great. I'm curious as to who the shutterbug is.

Love reading your blog guy's. I have to admit, all of you are inspiring the Farrell family to travel more!

Just to let you know what's happening north of you: Eastern Canada is expecting 80cm of snow! yep, a blizzard is about to cover them. Calgary has just squashed a very short chinook with -12 and a few cm of snow. Canada Olympic Park is receiving all our extra cash so we can enjoy all the "Great White Snow of the North".

Take care but giver!

Paul, Solimar and Jones

Glenn on

Really enjoying your excellent blog! Great travelog!

Lisa on

What can you say? WOW!

Janet on

Jimbo & Michelle great pictures. Jim I was missing you when i was out at the bus cage shovelling 80 CM of snow!!!! CostaRica looks amazing!!!
Have fun. Look forward to your next blog.

Chris Powell on

Hey guys looks great and brings back fond memories. We went on that exact hike, loved it. The snake was there then as well.

abroadwith3boys on

Maybe the snake is a fake plastic decoy? Haha!

abroadwith3boys on

Hello from South America! We appreciate your comments to us - it shows people are actually looking at our blog - haha. Michelle takes most of the pictures and Jim is a close second. Caleb has a camera now and should be starting to post his own pictures on his blog. Thanks for following and check in regularly! We head out to the Andes of Ecuador tomorrow, so we don't know what kind of internet reception we will be getting for the next two weeks. It might be a while before we can post again. Take care in all that snow! From The Bamfords

Stella Chesser on

I love your pictures. I love you. I love your waterfall that you showed me and your sons' picture in the waterfall saying " woo hoo" is great. Have fun.
And I love my school.


abroadwith3boys on

Hi Stella! Thank you for your letter. I am glad that you still love school. I miss you all, but I know you are having fun with your new teacher. I was just teaching a kindergarten class in Ecuador last week and will be writing about it soon. Their classroom is very different from ours! Hugs to you! From Mrs. Bamford

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