Casa Orquideas

Dec 28, 2017 - National Geographic Quest


Today we visited Casa Orquideas, a botanical garden created by two American expats who made their home in the remote Golfo Dulce of Costa Rica after 35 years of gathering tropical plants from all over the world. Their creation has blossomed into a fantastic array of flowers, fruits, spices, and medicinal plants. Only accessible by water, their property faces the waters of the bay and is cradled between steep hills covered with dense primary tropical rainforest.

As we walked the property, we saw many birds coming to eat the fruits growing there. Truly a perfect showcase of tropical biodiversity!

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About the Author

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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