Ever have the feeling that someone is watching you? While traveling in Costa Rica earlier this year I made my way to Santa Elena to visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Here my wife and I woke up for a classic Costa Rican breakfast only to find a troupe of White-headed Capuchin monkeys gawking at us as we ate. Apparently they knew when breakfast was served and would show up for the start of it in the hopes of getting a hand out. They didn’t stick around long, as they had places to see and food to raid else where. It was quite the experience.
On a side note there’s a lot to be said for serendipity. My wife set the alarm for us to wake up at 7 AM, so we could catch a shuttle to the cloud forest reserve. It turned out my wife is time zone challenged and we woke up an hour early. Little did we know we arrived for breakfast just as it began. The monkeys only stuck around for 20-30 minutes. Had we got up when planned an hour later we’d have missed the monkey encounter.
[tags]Costa Rica, travel, photography, White-headed Capuchin, Cebus capucinus, monkey, breakfast, tourism, tourist, stock photo, Monteverde, Cloud Forest, Santa Elena, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve[/tags]