Casa Orquídea | Playa Blanca | Golfito

Jan 08, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

Directly following a delicious breakfast, we disembarked at Casa Orquídea, one of the most beautiful and diverse botanical gardens in Costa Rica. The amazing collection of flowering and fruiting plants attract a great array of butterflies and birds, including some endemic species. Our guests also had the chance to go for a swim to cool down after a nice and sunny morning.

In the afternoon, some biologists of LAST (Latin American Sea Turtles) got on board to lecture about their efforts to preserve the sea turtles in the region, followed by a visit to Playa Blanca so our guests could witness firsthand their research methods, and the release of a hawksbill sea turtle back to the sea, while Scarlet Macaws kept flying overhead. An excellent way to say farewell to Costa Rica as we now head to Panama.

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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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