Playa Blanca Beach

Jan 17, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

Today National Geographic Quest was anchoring in front of Playa Blanca beach located in the heart of Golf Dulce. Shortly after the exploration began with inland bus trips to visit the various local eco-entrepreneurial projects whose establishment along Corcovado National Park border have been key to the park’s conservation.

This day we visit the gold panning and the sugar melaza projects as well as the chocolate and heart of palm farm. At each place, guests were not only able to experience the warm welcome of the locals, but also have the chance to see firsthand the cultivation/extraction of the of each.

In between activities, we enjoyed a lunch at a beach that included a local folk dancing performed by children from the nearby school.

At the end of our touring and back again at Playa Blanca, the researchers from the Latin America Sea Turtle Association show our guests their long-term project involving the sea turtles of Golfo Dulce and even allow some guests to take measurements.

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About the Author

Maguil Céspedes


Although Maguil was born in San Jose, he was raised in the countryside of Costa Rica, and it was this experience that provided him with a deep knowledge of and a profound love for the rural life of Central America.  It was this passion for nature that led Maguil to study biology at the University of Costa Rica, where he received his master’s degree in 2002. His thesis explored the genetic structure of big leaf mahogany, an endangered species of tree that is commercially extinct in much of Central America.

About the Photographer

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.

About the Videographer

Andrick Deppmeyer

Video Chronicler

Video chronicler Andrick was born in New Hampshire. Raised just a few hundred yards from the local ski hill, he was exposed to nature and wildlife from a very young age. 

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