Golfo Dulce, Rio Tigre and Casa Orquídeas Botanical Garden

Jan 24, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


Today we started our first day of expeditions in the exuberant region of Golfo Dulce, within Costa Rican boundaries. We visited a pristine mangrove habitat known as Rio Tigre where our guests had the opportunity to do kayaking and zodiacs rides. We were able to watch several species of mangroves trees such as red mangrove, black mangrove and tea mangrove. Also, many birds were spotted perched on these trees, including species like snowy egret, spotted sandpiper, white ibis and ringed kingfisher.

After a delicious lunch aboard, we repositioned to visit Casa Orquidea. This lovely garden had several trails. we walked and enjoyed the sound of the birds calls and the colorful flowering plants. Several birds were sighted, including red-headed manakin, yellow-throated toucan, cherrie´s tanager and scarlet macaws. We were also delighted by colorful orchids, heliconias, hibiscus, and several other flowering plants. The warm temperature of the air invited some of us to swing in the clear water of the gulf at the end of our walks. 

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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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