Osa Peninsula, Caletas Bay, and Corcovado National Park

Dec 21, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Today we began our morning looking at the outer side of the Osa Peninsula in Caletas’ Bay, whereas the last two days we had been in its inside. On the final day of our expedition, we have the opportunity to explore one of the best kept pieces of tropical rainforest there are left in the country.  The Osa Peninsula was once left adrift for poachers, loggers, and gold-panners to do as they wished, but in the mid-1980s most of its area was declared a national park and since has protected some of the most amazing flora and fauna.  

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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.

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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