Golfo Dulce & Casa Orquideas

Dec 25, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

As Christmas morning arrived in Golfo Dulce, we explored the botanical garden called Casa Orquideas. In this beautiful paradise, we enjoyed a diverse display of plants as well as abundant bird life. We also had some swimming opportunities and a chance for our young explorers to drive Zodiacs.

After a nice lunch, we repositioned at the town of Golfito town for kayaking and shoreline walks. As we paddled through the mangrove forest, our accompanying naturalists informed us about the mangrove ecosystem and the benefits of protecting it. Next, we enjoyed refreshments and musical entertainment at a local restaurant.

Some guests explored further on Zodiacs and spotted wildlife, such as roseate spoonbills, snowy egrets and red-backed squirrel monkeys. Back onboard National Geographic Quest, we had our recap session and enjoyed a Christmas buffet.

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About the Author

Gabriel Ortiz


Gabriel grew up in the outskirts of Panama City and became member of the Panama Eco tourism family back in 2007.  He has led many expeditions in Central America and South America working as a naturalist.  His expertise in natural history has inspired travelers to understand and appreciate travel to the neotropics, an area he considers a gift, as one of the most productive parts of the planet with vast arrays of traits and interactions among species.

About the Photographer

Carlos Calvo Obando

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

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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