Golfo Dulce, Playa Blanca

Nov 26, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Today we explored the gulf created by the Golfo Dulce, which is very deep but with a shallow exit to the Pacific. During the rainy season the area accumulates a lot of the fresh water and gets less salty than the ocean water, giving the gulf its name of Dulce or “sweet water.”

After breakfast, we took to shore to explore this beautiful place and the people living it. We went into different excursions throughout the day. Some of us visited a chocolate farm, to learn and most importantly, to taste some of their organic high-quality chocolate. Others explored the heart of palm farm, others went to a gold panning family house to see how they use to look for gold and an artisanal sugar mill, and others went on rainforest walks.

Although they were all very different options, they all have one thing in common: Each authentic and great options to choose; so no matter what you pick, it was a great choice. To make it even better, we had an incredible beach barbeque lunch hosted by the crew of National Geographic Quest.

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Federico Chacón


Federico Chacón, or “Fico” as he is better known by his friends, started guiding one-day nature tours on weekends and holidays at the age of 18 right at the time he started studies at the University of Costa Rica. It was just a part-time job, that was mainly his brother’s idea, but little by little it grew to become his career and his passion. 

About the Photographer

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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