Rio Tigre & Casa Orquideas

Jan 10, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


This morning we woke up in Costa Rica docked at the old rusty pier of the little port of Golfito!

After quickly clearing customs (all done by our purser behind scenes) National Geographic Quest repositioned to the mouth of the Rio Tigre where guests had the opportunity to explore the mangrove forest by Zodiac or by kayak. The visit to this very important ecosystem was very productive, and we were rewarded with great views of red-backed squirrel monkeys and two- and three-toed sloths among many other things.

In the afternoon, we repositioned again to visit the fabulous botanical garden of Casa Orquideas. The garden was created by two American expats, Ron and Trudy McAllister who have been living in this remote area for the last 37 years. Guests enjoyed the easily walkable trails which meander through perfectly groomed displays of flowers, fruits, spices, and medicinal plants of the tropics.

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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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