Caletas Beach / Corcovado National Park

Dec 09, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Our first day exploring Costa Rica began by visiting a remote area called Caletas Beach. Nearby Drake’s Bay, this place is part of a buffer zone that connects with Corcovado National Park. A lush tropical forest could be seen from National Geographic Quest.

Here we offered a variety of activities for our guests, including horseback riding along the coastline.

The second part of the afternoon we visited the San Pedrillo area in Corcovado National Park. This place has several trails and our guests could explore whatever they desired. One of the trails led to a waterfall.  After walking up and over a muddy trail, the waterfall was wonderful to see! Everyone had a wonderful time enjoying a refreshing dip in the waterhole.

Overall the day offered the chance to see Central American howler and spider monkeys, American crocodiles and many species of birds, such as the scarlet macaw and bare-throated tiger heron.

A lovely sunset crowned this first day once we were already back onboard National Geographic Quest.  It was a great way to begin our journey through Costa Rica and Panama.

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About the Author

Maguil Céspedes


Although Maguil was born in San Jose, he was raised in the countryside of Costa Rica, and it was this experience that provided him with a deep knowledge of and a profound love for the rural life of Central America.  It was this passion for nature that led Maguil to study biology at the University of Costa Rica, where he received his master’s degree in 2002. His thesis explored the genetic structure of big leaf mahogany, an endangered species of tree that is commercially extinct in much of Central America.

About the Photographer

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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