Osa Peninsula

Jan 02, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


On our third day of exploration in Costa Rica, we landed in this gorgeous place, a part of heaven on earth know as Casa Orquideas. This unique place is like any other around Golfo Dulce, surrounded by the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica. We walked around the garden of the property learning about the biodiversity of Costa Rica in term of flora, and how important conservation is in this country, as their main income comes from sustainable tourism across different protected areas.

After walking the grounds some guests felt refreshed, while others went swimming, walked on the beach, or enjoyed our stand-up paddleboards. Then we returned to National Geographic Quest, which repositioned into Golfito town, where we had the opportunity to kayak around the mangrove forests and take Zodiac rides. We spotted mantled howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, white egrets, bicolored herons, sandwich terns, royal terns, spotted sandpipers, green iguanas, and more. 

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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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