Casa Orquideas and Golfito

Feb 05, 2020 - National Geographic Quest


Our last day in Costa Rica was enjoyed by all of our guests. The morning activity was held in a lovely botanical garden known as Casa Orquideas and owned by a lovely expat couple, Ron and Trudy McCallister.

We had the opportunity to walk over the pebbly trails and learn about the different tropical plants and the well-balanced relationship they hold with the wildlife of this area. It was a great opportunity for bird watching and photography. Once it began to warm, the best way to cool off was jumping in the beach.

For our afternoon activities, kayaking and Zodiac cruise were offered to our explorers. The area explored was the bay of Golfito. Sightings of howler monkeys were enjoyed by all. We learn a lot about the mangrove ecosystem and its importance to human being.

It was great way to end our day. More miles had to be covered in order to reach our following destination of our expedition, the paradise of Panama.

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About the Author

Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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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