Dec 04, 2017 - National Geographic Quest
Our first day exploring the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica began with a mild rain, proof that we were going to visit a tropical rain forest. We had navigated from Caldera Port during the evening and arrived to our morning destination shortly after sunrise. Although it was raining, we could see from the National Geographic Quest a lush forest behind Caletas Beach.
This area of Caleta Beach is part of the Osa Peninsula, the southernmost part of Costa Rica. It’s a remote area only accessible by small aircraft or boat. We loaded the Zodiacs right after breakfast and headed toward this gorgeous paradise. On land, we divided into groups to explore.
One group decided to go horseback riding along the coastline, where they encountered a troop of white-faced capuchin monkeys. Busy foraging, they paid no attention to the riders or even the scarlet macaws that flew over their heads to land on beach almond trees. What a ride!
The other group went hiking through a private reserve. They were welcomed by another species of New World monkeys, spider monkeys. This species is an indicator of how healthy the forest can be for they need to feed a lot and their presence tells us that there is a lot of food for them.
As we lunched onboard, the National Geographic Quest repositioned in front of the jewel of Cost Rica, Corcovado National Park. The park’s famous biodiversity was easily detected along the trails. Our guests spotted white-lipped peccaries, giant crocodiles, long-nosed coatis, and many different species of birds.
The reward for exploring the park was a refreshing dip in a natural waterhole. Our guests couldn’t resist jumping in to cool off from our walks. What a way to end our first day exploring the wild side of Costa Rica!
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