Caletas Beach and Corcovado National Park

Dec 15, 2017 - National Geographic Quest

Our last day exploring Costa Rica began byvisiting a remote area called Caletas Beach. Close to Drake’s Bay, this place is part of a buffer zone that connects with Corcovado National Park. This lush tropical forest could be seen from National Geographic Quest.

Several activities were offered to our guests. Walks through pristine forests and horseback riding were all enjoyed by them. The wildlife was also present, proving that the area is one of the most intense and diverse of Costa Rica.

Our day ended with the visit to San Pedrillo Station. Inside of Corcovado National Park, this station has interesting trails to hike. One of them leads to a waterfall in which many of our guests decided to take a short dip to cool themselves after the walks.  Spider monkeys and whiteface capuchin monkeys were all foraging while we passed them on our way to the waterfall.

A lovely sunset bid us farewell as we all got back on board National Geographic Quest and weighed anchor. A good way to finish our journey through Panama and Costa Rica.

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About the Author

Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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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