Caletas Bay and Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula

Jan 28, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

The first day of our trip found us in the southernmost peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica:  the Osa Peninsula.  Isolated from the rest of the country for many years because of its remoteness, the peninsula preserves one of the best kept pieces of rainforest in the Meso American region.  Considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world, we were lucky enough to explore it both in the morning and afternoon.  Caletas Bay greeted us early for various activities such as horseback riding, a power walk, a long forest trail and a premises walk.  Contrary to popular knowledge, leaf-cutter ants can be really interesting!  In the afternoon we took off to Corcovado National Park, a 42,000-hectare piece of rainforest preserved since the 1980s.  We could do two activities:  walk to a waterfall and take a dip in it, or walk a flatter terrain trail parallel to the beach and search for wildlife.  Howler monkeys, spider monkeys, horses, leaf cutter ants and army ants were waiting to be spotted.

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Isabel Salas Vindas


Isa Salas is a Costa Rica born biologist, who loves her country and teaching about it.  Known for her professionalism and experience in the field of animal behavior, Isa earned her master's degree in biology from the University of Costa Rica, where she also engaged in research for the chemistry and biology departments. Isa has carried out specialized projects on mantled howler monkeys for Costa Rica’s National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), and is one of the country’s experts on howler monkey sexual and social behavior. 

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Carlos Calvo and Max Vindas

Carlos Calvo and Max Vindas

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