Playa Blanca and Golfo Dulce

Jan 21, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

What a wonderful day in the Golfo Dulce. After traveling all night to reach the “Sweet Gulf,” we disembarked onto Playa Blanca. Once there, guests could choose to tour one of several local production sites in the region including those for sugar cane, hearts of palm, cacao, or gold panning. Alternatively, guests could opt to hike through the trails of Danta Corcovado Lodge.

Each of these operations are owned and ran by Costa Rican families who sought to incorporate protection of the rainforest and similar eco-friendly initiatives into their work. By the end of the day, we had come back with a heart full of stories and renewed insight into Costa Rican community.

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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. 

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Carlos Calvo Obando

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Carlos is a freelance wildlife photographer and photography instructor from Costa Rica. Passionate about travel and education, he also works as a certified naturalist guide on the beaches, jungles, and mountains of that beautiful tropical paradise. With 20 years of experience leading groups and making images and portraits of Costa Rican creatures and landscapes, he loves to share his knowledge and tricks with enthusiasm, simplicity, and a good sense of humor.

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Dexter Sear

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Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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