Golfo Dulce, Casa Orquideas and Golfito

Jan 30, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Today is our last day of exploration in Costa Rica we visited the Casa Orquideas. This privately owned garden gave us a wonderful opportunity to enjoy tropical plants. Colorful orchids, heliconias, birds of paradise mixed in the shade of beautiful royal palms and mangos trees were seen, giving shelter to colorful birds such as yellow crowned euphonias, cherries tanager, great curassow and scarlet macaws.

After this lovely walk, and as the heat of the day was picking up, many of our guests decided to take a swim in the refreshing waters of the gulf. Later today we repositioned to Golfito. This location offered opportunities for Zodiac rides and kayaking. Wildlife creatures like howler monkeys, three toed sloth, roseate spoonbill and several other birds were spotted during the outings.  

This enjoyable location gave us real encounters with wildlife. Tomorrow the fun continues in Panamanian waters. Hasta pronto amigos. 

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Deibys Fonseca


Deibys Fonseca was born and raised in the mountains of western Panama. From a very young age, his interest in nature led him to become a volunteer guide for La Amistad International Park in the administrative headquarters of Chiriqui. His knowledge in geography and flora and fauna led him to participate in multiple wildlife research projects in his community, among which highlight a population census of bats, birds and plants developed by ANCON.

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Carlos Calvo Obando

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Carlos is a freelance wildlife photographer and photography instructor from Costa Rica. Passionate about travel and education, he also works as a certified naturalist guide on the beaches, jungles, and mountains of that beautiful tropical paradise. With 20 years of experience leading groups and making images and portraits of Costa Rican creatures and landscapes, he loves to share his knowledge and tricks with enthusiasm, simplicity, and a good sense of humor.

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