“You damn dirty apes, where the hell are you? I can hear your barks, now show yourselves!” I shouted in the middle of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
When you look at the travel brochures and books for Costa Rica you always see photos of cute monkeys. Okay, so we came to Costa Rica, now where are these promised monkeys? I have only seen monkeys in zoos, and that one sad monkey locked in a cage in the jungle outside Puerto Vallarta, but I wanted to see a real live wild monkey… in the wild! Is that too much to ask?
We were tipped off that a great place to go visit was the Rincon de la Vieja National Park just outside the northwestern town of Liberia. It offered a nice day hike with steaming vents, boiling mud pots, and monkeys. Did somebody say monkeys?
So, we came, we hiked, we saw waterfalls, boiling water, steaming vents, farting mud, German tourists, leaf cutter ants, and heard the bark of howler monkeys as they avoided us. The hike was amazing, but we never did see the howler or white faced monkeys that live there. So, enjoy our photos of the Rincon de la Vieja National park, even if they don’t include monkeys.