Playas Blancas and communities at the Osa Peninsula

Dec 13, 2017 - National Geographic Quest

Today National Geographic Quest visited the area of Playa Blanca, and just getting off the expedition landing craft we immediately felt the energy of the people that we met today.

Our guests participated in different excursions offered to visit local family businesses in which these people have seen a new opportunity to make a living out of the area’s tourism. 

We were delighted to see the interesting process of cultivation, most of it done by hand, and learn how low cost has allowed them to keep preserving the authenticity of their art and traditions that come to life in front of our audience.

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About the Author

Gabriel Ortiz


Gabriel grew up in the outskirts of Panama City and became member of the Panama Eco tourism family back in 2007.  He has led many expeditions in Central America and South America working as a naturalist.  His expertise in natural history has inspired travelers to understand and appreciate travel to the neotropics, an area he considers a gift, as one of the most productive parts of the planet with vast arrays of traits and interactions among species.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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