Osa Peninsula, Caletas Beach

Dec 23, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Today National Geographic Quest arrived at the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, one of the most pristine tropical rainforests in Central America.

We landed in the beautiful private preserve at Caletas Beach and offered different activities, from power hikes that extended for more than 3.5 miles along the coast to horseback rides that the Costa Ricans use as their local transportation.

We also took the guest on short beach strolls and long walks to the beautiful rainforest behind the property, enjoying the wildlife sightings along the way. We saw spider and howler monkeys swinging from the canopy of the forest, moving in large troops around the property.

Spider monkeys need extensive areas of forest to be able to meet their diet and one of the places that they can be seen is here in this region.

Some guests were thrilled after observing raids of army ants passing through the forest devouring all kinds of arthropods. One of the greatest things to see is the birds that follow the army of ants. We saw at least six species of birds that oftentimes join the ants.

Later in the afternoon we visited the national park and hiked to the waterfall trail. Many of us got into the waterfall pool after a great hike—it was a great reward and very refreshing! In this pristine area we again saw spider monkeys, and on the way back to the ship we spotted more wildlife, including white-faced capuchin monkeys.

We had an amazing first day in the beautiful paradise of Costa Rica.


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About the Author

Gabriel Ortiz


Gabriel grew up in the outskirts of Panama City and became member of the Panama Eco tourism family back in 2007.  He has led many expeditions in Central America and South America working as a naturalist.  His expertise in natural history has inspired travelers to understand and appreciate travel to the neotropics, an area he considers a gift, as one of the most productive parts of the planet with vast arrays of traits and interactions among species.

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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