Osa Peninsula, Playa Blanca

Jan 07, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Today we visited the Osa Peninsula, on the southwest coast of Costa Rica.

We landed on the Playa Blanca beach and from here our guests split into several smaller groups to experience a little of the culture of Costa Rica. Today we got a little taste of how the people of these very remote areas of Costa Rica make a living.

After landing by Zodiac, we had multiple choices: either visiting a sugarcane mill and trying some of the sweet product they make from it, visiting a heart of palm plantation to see them harvest it, prepare it, and try some of the local dishes made of it. We could also visit a family that grows chocolate, learn about its history and how it is processed from the pods on the trees all the way to the final product. We would also get to eat 100 % pure chocolate. We also had the opportunity to try our luck panning for gold. Or, we could hike a little more in a tropical rainforest.  

It was a very interesting day indeed! In all of the places visited, the local people warmly welcomed us with big smiles and delicious homemade food.

Today was a great opportunity to learn about the beautiful people of Costa Rica.

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About the Author

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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