Cocos Islet | Coiba National Park

Feb 06, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

Our first day in Panama began by visiting Coiba National Park- one of a pristine marine parks in the region. Here the biggest patch of coral reef in the eastern pacific is protect and the forest of the main Island is the house of several endemic species and subspecies of agouties, howler monkeys, etc. By visiting the ranger station our guests got the opportunities to see several species of birds as well as some of the endemic species of mammals like the Coiba agouties.

Our guests have had the chance as well of snorkel in the crystal waters of Cocos. A little islet part of the national park where we found multicolor species of reef fish. Beautiful bicolor parrotfish, guineafowl puffer fish, jewel moray, and many others where part of the animals seen in this visit. Of course, there were always time for a little swimming or simply hand out on a hammock when the sun rose over this piece of paradise.

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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

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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