Zapotal and Tamarindo

Dec 27, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Today we had our last expedition day and there was no way better to end our program than visiting the pristine area of Zapotal and the very famous Tamarindo and its amazing mangrove estuary.

The journey started with the exciting announcement of humpback whales just off National Geographic Sea Lion following breakfast. In the morning guests toured the access to Zapotal on foot then met with local campers before crossing the local river.

There was no shortage of opportunity to observe wildlife here in the tropical dry forest. Guests were at one juncture discussing whether a bird seen along the way was either a yellow olive flycatcher or greenish Elaenia, when someone interrupted with “monkeys”: we then witnessed our last howler and white capuchin monkeys as they said goodbye.

Finishing the walk with last birdwatching was just perfect, all this happening while the remaining guests observed colors, shapes and patterns of the tropical fish.

We headed to our final destination of the day after lunch, the very famous Tamarindo. Here we did the boat safari tour in a mangrove forest, watching this incredible landscape where the roots and canopy of these trees make the perfect balance in between land and sea, hiding the secret of the tropics just for us: a beautiful afternoon, the green of the vegetation, the light blue of the water and the illustrious cloud-free sky above. In a word, priceless.

Getting ready for our last presentations that morning, the whales that showed in the morning came to give the last goodbye. One could simply not ask for more.

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Bryan Obregon


Bryan has been a certified guide since 2012 and a fervent environmentalist since always, which inspired him to study Natural Resource and Wildlife Management.

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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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