Our second day in Costa Rica was spent exploring local farmers markets, zip lining through the jungle, and eating the greatest cervesa known to mankind. Click "read more" so see the pictures and stories we gained from day 2 in Costa Rica.
Beautiful Zodiac and Elephant table cloths for sale at the Farmers Market.
My first coconut! I've had coconut water before, and used to love it, but after drinking it fresh from a coconut… the bottled stuff just tastes disgusting! Wonderfully refreshing, this coconut was the perfect cure for my jet lag/hangover combo.
After wandering around the farmers market we took a trek out into the jungle with "Canopy Safari". There are plenty of zip lining options in Costa Rica, but Canopy Safari also included a butterfly house, an area to see all the venomous snakes in exhibits (although this may not be the best to see BEFORE heading out into the jungle…), zip lines, Tarzan swings, a jungle hike, and a home cooked meal when you got back. The tour guides were also hilarious and obviously loved their job. They were pranksters though! Anyone who acted nervous while up in the trees instantly got toyed with. A few times the guides would pretend to fall off the platforms and grab your harness, or hide in the bushes and scare you as you turned a bend. For the most part their antics only brought laughter and helped everyone relax. Only one poor lady from Tennessee didn't appreciate their pranks (she spent the whole excursion reaffirming how high up we were and chanting "oh my god" to herself.)
This monkey is ready to climb!
Baby pineapples growing at the top of our climb.
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Randal knew that we wanted to see monkeys so he took us to a new town about an hour away from our rainforest excursion. We saw Spider Monkeys and White faced monkeys everywhere!
Our driver Randal was explaining that a few years ago they started hanging up these "monkey crosswalks" because their was so much monkey roadkill. The monkeys kept trying to run across the streets at first so men actually had to climb up and use the cables to teach the monkeys how to cross safely! As Randal put it "I looked up and went 'man these guys are on drugs, they look like idiots' but sure enough, monkeys start using them too!".