Osa Peninsula

Jan 01, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


On this first day of the year, we visited Golf Dulce located in the inner section of Osa Peninsula. Yesterday we explored the outer exposed section near Corcovado National Park. Today was a chance to learn about the culture of the “Ticos” who live in the countryside. Our guests visited local families who pan for gold, who make brown sugar from sugarcane on a sugarcane mill, who grow and harvest hearts of palm, and who cultivate and process chocolate. A very intense and interesting day, with many great sightings of local wildlife as well.

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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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