Las Calentas Rain Forest

Jan 18, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

We spent the last day of our expedition doing what we like best, exploring!

We visited in the morning the dense rainforest of Las Caletas, where we split the group for different activities. Deibys our naturalist lead horseback riders in transitions between bright, sandy and shaded areas. Later embarking on foot, long and short hikers navigated their way along trail with inclines and declines and rooted terrain, meaning one eye for wildlife and the other for negotiating the step. No matter the conditions, a walk and the fresh air of the rainforest makes for a great day out!

Later in the afternoon, we took the first of our groups to one of the most important and pristine national parks of Costa Rica, Corcovado, that houses between two and three percent of the planet’s biodiversity. We made our way to a waterfall and jumped in the natural pool to refresh.

The second group opted for the Zodiac cruise in the Rio Claro River, where a pair of crocodiles welcomed us, followed by howler monkeys and boat-billed herons – all this in less than 200 meters, and testament Costa Rica being one of the biodiverse countries in the world.

We ended the day with refreshments, watching the sunset sharing all the different experiences we had throughout the expedition. Feeling so thankful for this new adventure and the new friends we made, see you next time, somewhere in the world.

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Lindblad Staff

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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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