Osa peninsula and Corcovado National Park

Jan 20, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

We have started our unique Costa Rica and Panama expeditions by visiting Osa Peninsula and the world-famous Corcovado National Park. This morning after a delicious breakfast onboard National Geographic Quest we embarked our Zodiacs and headed to our morning destination of Punta Caletas. In this location, we hiked trails filled with lush rainforest vegetation and saw several bird species, heard howler monkeys in the distance with their loud vocalizations. Also enjoyed the endless work of leaf-cutter ants carrying pieces of leaves into their colonies.

Later this afternoon some of us took local boats to the ranger station of this famous national park, and enjoyed a couple of hikes in the exuberant forest where several yellow-throated toucans were spotted by our fortunate guests as well as some Central American spider monkeys, we also saw humpback whales and pantropical spotted dolphins. We also took zodiacs cruises to a local river with some of our guests; there the avian diversity of this peninsula came to life. Toucans, tanagers, sandpipers, hummingbirds and several heron species were spotted.

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Deibys Fonseca


Deibys Fonseca was born and raised in the mountains of western Panama. From a very young age, his interest in nature led him to become a volunteer guide for La Amistad International Park in the administrative headquarters of Chiriqui. His knowledge in geography and flora and fauna led him to participate in multiple wildlife research projects in his community, among which highlight a population census of bats, birds and plants developed by ANCON.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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