Gulfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Jan 16, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

Today was our first day into Costa Rica, and it was a terrific day. We explore the Golfo Dulce our sweet water gulf.

Though brackish, Gulfo Dulce has very particular features that make it an incredible place, including the fact that it is a very deep gulf with a shallow exit to the ocean. During the rainy season, the amount of fresh water pours in, making its shallow exit a little less salty than the surrounding waters.

It also has a good amount of rainforest and mangrove forest, two of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the world.

Therefore, we spent the morning kayaking and cruising by Zodiac, and in the afternoon walking through a botanical garden called Casa Orquideas, where we not only enjoy the plants but the birds coming into the garden.

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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. 

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Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

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