The Michael W Travels family recently got back from a trip to Costa Rica.
During our visit, a few things not so surprisingly stood out- nature, wildlife and hiking.
We combined all of those things during our first full day of the trip which we spent at Manuel Antonio National Park which is located close to Quepos, Costa Rica.
Prior to heading off on our trip and while talking about Manuel Antonio NP, there was one animal that I really wanted to see in the wild in Costa Rica. I hoped to have the chance to spot a sloth!We got lucky and actually saw quite a few sloths in Manuel Antonio NP! Within minutes of entering the park, we spotted our first sloth high up in a tree. (Our best sloth viewing would actually take place later on during the trip…)
After Lucas saw a few sloths he had a new favorite animal. And what do almost 5 year-olds love? Toys!
Lucas asked if he could get a stuffed animal sloth when we left the park. Kim and I buy few to no souvenirs at this point during trips but we always like to get Lucas something for being a good explorer.
As we waited to get into Manuel Antonio we saw a bunch of souvenir stores. I told Lucas that we’d check some of the stands and that if the sloth wasn’t too expensive, we’d get him one.
After a fun day in the park we headed out, tired, hungry and thirsty. I have a rule to usually never buy a souvenir or item at the first store that I look. We noticed a stuffed animal sloth at the first shop we went into and I got sticker shock. The shop wanted $20 for the toy! Ouch! We decided to look at a bunch other shops and found the sloth was $20 at all of them besides one which sold it for $19.
Kim and I decided to leave and look elsewhere during the trip. Lucas wasn’t so happy walking away empty-handed but he understood. What softened the blow was that we were heading to the awesome El Avion Restaurant for lunch!
Later that evening, we headed out for dinner. On the way back to our hotel, we stopped at a market called Super Joseth (love the name) for cold water and snacks. I walked ahead of Lucas and Kim and saw a case with some souvenirs.
I spotted one sloth stuffed animal there without a price. I headed to the register to get a price and while Kim distracted Lucas.
The sloth was still pricey at $16, but I figured we wouldn’t find it much cheaper so I decided to get it. I had the cashier stick it in a bag (she used 2) to hide it from Lucas.
I love to play tricks on Lucas and surprise him so this would be perfect!We got back to our hotel and I told Lucas that he should use the bathroom and wash his hands. I then set up the surprise in a perfect way.
Lucas came out of the bathroom and walked around before stopping at his bed.He picked up the sloth and (at first) didn’t know how to react.Just a moment later it set in. Lucas had the stuffed animal that he so badly wanted!Time for some sloth posing…