Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Dec 17, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion


Stragglers of the Geminid Meteor shower on the 14th are still streaking across the predawn sky for the early risers on National Geographic Sea Lion. We anchored off the Playa del Coco area to spend our day inland at Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It is our first taste of the tropical dry forest of Guanacaste, and the montane tropical forest of the Pacific slope. Hacienda Guachipelin provided a cornucopia of cultural, natural, and culinary experience.

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Daniel Baldwin

Naturalist

An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in opening doors for others to explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

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Frank Simms

Naturalist

Frank is a naturalist guide with a long career path involving his beloved Costa Rica. He grew up in Escazu, a small town surrounded by blue and green mountains in the Central Valley. His admiration for nature and wildlife turned him into an autodidact photographer, and he feels most comfortable, relaxed and happy when sharing his knowledge with visitors.

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Mark Coger

Video Chronicler

Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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