Pacheca and Pachequita Island, Pearl Islands, Gulf of Panama

Dec 11, 2017 - National Geographic Quest

Today we had a great opportunity to explore the waters of the Gulf of Panama, which experiences an upwelling of nutrient-rich cold water – and a related explosion of marine life -- at this time of the year. The upwelling is created when northern trade winds blow all the way across the isthmus and into the gulf, replacing warm sterile water with cold water from the bottom leading to an explosion of life. 

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Federico Chacón


Federico Chacón, or “Fico” as he is better known by his friends, started guiding one-day nature tours on weekends and holidays at the age of 18 right at the time he started studies at the University of Costa Rica. It was just a part-time job, that was mainly his brother’s idea, but little by little it grew to become his career and his passion. 

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Carlos Calvo

Carlos Calvo

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