Golfo Dulce, Casa Orquidea, & Golfito

Jan 30, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Last night we neared the second country of our trip, departing from the wonderful Panama and into the lovely Costa Rica. We came into Costa Rica via the Golfo Dulce, or “Sweet Gulf,” located at the southern province of Puntarenas. This inlet begins on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and extends northward before turning west. The area’s bay separates the Osa Peninsula from mainland Costa Rica.

This morning, guests explored the eastern side of the Gulf by Zodiac and kayak. Our group accessed a local river, floating beside the mangrove estuaries, which provided sightings of many shorebirds and magnificent mangrove trees. During the afternoon, we redirected to visit the McAllister’s, a US couple who decided 44 years ago to move to this wonderful part of the world and found the Casa Orquidea Botanical Garden, one we had the liberty (and privilege!) of visiting over the course of our afternoon. Up for viewing were toucans, hawks, lizards, scarlet macaws, giant palms, lobster-claws, and many more flora and fauna types. No doubt today was one for the books!

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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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