Uniquely Made- A Day at Manual Antonio National Park

Monday, September 23, 2019



Holy Week (April 2018)- that's an entire blog.  Latin America takes it pretty serious though-- that's a need to know.  The week between Good Friday and Easter Sunday n


early all businesses close and the thing to do is head to the coast.  It was too hard for us living in the middle of such a small country to rent a car and drive 3 hours.

We had heard that Manual Antonio was the place to visit. Forbes listed it as one of the 12 most beautiful parks.  It did not disappoint.  

We parked our car a few blocks away from the entrance, lathered on the sun screen and took off for a day of hiking.   You have to pay before you get to the park.  The ticket cost is USD$16 for Tourist and ₡1,600 (colones) for Costa Ricans and residents. Children under 12 are free of admission. You can buy tickets to the park at Coopealianza Manuel Antonio office 50mts before the park entrance, hours are 7am-3pm every day.


As you get near the main entrance there are nice bathrooms, if you need to go or change.  There are also guides all over, if you would like to pay for a tour.  We chose not too because there was no way our kids would listen. Plus, we simply could not budget for it.  Regardless of the path you choose, you will leave happy.

We spent all morning here, and into the early afternoon. It was hard to remember sometimes that we were not in a zoo, but that we were outside in the middle of a forest.  The kids were awe struck as they watched Capuchan Monkeys bounce across the treetops.  The sloths, lazy and curled in the canopy.  Snakes coiled around branches.  

Each creature so unique and perfectly designed for its home.  Noting like our our raccoons or white tail, yet they all were hand crafted and perfectly made.  Not just in their beauty, but in their surroundings.  


"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.  Job 12:7-10"


You can't look at an animal and not see the hand of God.  The monkey's with their long tails that balance as they bounce across the branches. The tree snakes that can coil around branches to catch their prey.  God's hand is on everyone, and if can give the creatures in jungle a uniqueness for where and how they are made, we can be assured that he made us that we too.  

We are designed with purpose and design.  We were made in his very imagine, how much more unique is that.  We are they handiwork of a living God, whose hand touches all things-- that breaths life into all mankind. Breathing life into you and crafting you in your uniqueness. 

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