Golfo Dulce & Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden

Jan 30, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

Our guests reach Costa Rica following an unforgettable Panamanian experience. Our first stop in this nature-blessed country was Golfito. Once a very productive banana port, now a day it holds one of the most preserved mangroves habitat of the southern Pacific coast. Here we took kayaks to explore the mangrove in search of wildlife. We also did a Zodiac expedition to a nearby river, where we found howler monkeys and many shorebirds.

Later this afternoon we visited Casa Orquidea Botanical Garden. This garden shows how ecologically diverse this region is, with hundreds of plants species including heliconias, bromeliads, and orchids. We also spotted colorful birds like tanagers, honeycreepers, and hummingbirds.

We enjoy so much our first day in Costa Rica – pura vida!

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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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David Pickar

Video Chronicler

David Pickar is a native of Portland, Oregon. He studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, then spent several years working as a field archaeologist. Participating in excavations in countries like Jordan, Belize and Italy and in every corner of the US, allowed him to witness culture and the environment from an unusual perspective.

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