Caletas Beach & Corcovado National Park

Feb 03, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

On our first day of voyage, National Geographic Quest anchored in front of a private reserve of Caletas Beach, a gorgeous segment of beach that is a perfect for outings. Several guests explored the trails of the reserve while others enjoyed a horseback ride along the coastline. In the afternoon we visited Corcovado National Park, a place where several species of endangered trees are under protection. Here we saw four to six flocks of scarlet macaws as well as the mantled howler monkey and a Central American spider monkey. The last of these is found only in undisturbed areas and because of that is often used as a gauge for ecological health in a given area. From there, we walked to the base of a local waterfall, which gave guests the opportunity to jump in and cool off.

And, of course, our first day in Costa Rica would not have been complete without a beautiful sunset to cap our visit to Corcovado Park.

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Maguil Céspedes


Although Maguil was born in San Jose, he was raised in the countryside of Costa Rica, and it was this experience that provided him with a deep knowledge of and a profound love for the rural life of Central America.  It was this passion for nature that led Maguil to study biology at the University of Costa Rica, where he received his master’s degree in 2002. His thesis explored the genetic structure of big leaf mahogany, an endangered species of tree that is commercially extinct in much of Central America.

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