Casa Orquideas, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Dec 25, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

This day is our last in Costa Rica, and we visited the fantastic Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden. Only accessible from the ocean, this has become one of our favorite places to visit over the years. Ron and Trudy McAllister are American expats that have been living surrounded by forest and ocean for the last 35 years, and during this time, their love for the tropical plants has blossomed into this full-fledged beautiful exhibit. We enjoyed easy walks through a well-manicured property that displayed fruits, flowers, and spices from tropical areas all around the world. In addition, we kept being visited by animals and birds from the surrounding tropical rainforest. Then in the afternoon, we visited the mangrove forest of Golfito, and got to explore this important ecosystem by Zodiac and kayak. It was a wonderful day. 

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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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