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  • Barro Colorado & the Panama Rainforest

    National Geographic Quest repositioned very early in the morning in front of Barro Colorado Island. The howler monkeys were easily been heard from our ship and a lush band of forest began to show more and more as the sun rose. In the dining room of the ship, a delicious and well attended breakfast awaited us.

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  • Otoque and Bona and the Panama Canal

    Having cruised more than 180 nautical miles, we approached the Gulf of Panama to visit a unique group of islands called Otoque and Bona. These islands are a very important rookery for brown and blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, and brown pelicans. We embarked first thing this morning by Zodiac, from which we managed to sight each of these species and the nuances in behavior of courtship, feeding, and nesting between them. Afterward, we repositioned to the island of Taboga, known for the vibrant assortment of flowers, colorful architecture, and the 500-year-old Iglesia (church) de San Pedro.

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  • Granito de Oro Islet, Coiba National Park

    Today was our first in Panama, and the first time since embarkation that we were able to put our snorkeling gear to use. Granito de Oro is one of the most flattering areas for snorkeling in this region. The gorgeous white sand beach meets crystal-clear waters, making for a perfect morning both in the water and ashore. Needless to say, the session did not disappoint.

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  • Casa Orquideas & Golfito

    On this last day in beautiful Costa Rica, National Geographic Quest arrived very early morning to the Casa Orquideas, a phenomenal botanical garden built by Trudy and Ron McAllister, two American expats who made this very remote part of Costa Rica their home 35 years ago. The couple’s continuing passion for nature is at the heart of their cultivating the rich exhibit it has thus become, which includes an abundance of fruits, spices, and flowers.

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  • Playa Blanca

    Today National Geographic Quest has arrived at Playa Blanca. This place is located in Osa Península (Costa Rica) and tends to be one of the most memorable destinations on the itinerary. The reason is a very special one: the people.

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  • Caletas Beach & Corcovado National Park

    On our first day of voyage, National Geographic Quest anchored in front of a private reserve of Caletas Beach, a gorgeous segment of beach that is a perfect for outings. Several guests explored the trails of the reserve while others enjoyed a horseback ride along the coastline. In the afternoon we visited Corcovado National Park, a place where several species of endangered trees are under protection. Here we saw four to six flocks of scarlet macaws as well as the mantled howler monkey and a Central American spider monkey. The last of these is found only in undisturbed areas and because of that is often used as a gauge for ecological health in a given area. From there, we walked to the base of a local waterfall, which gave guests the opportunity to jump in and cool off.

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  • Osa Peninsula and Caletas Bay

    It is now our final day aboard National Geographic Quest.  This morning the calls of howler monkeys and scarlet macaws led us into the most biologically diverse part of Costa Rica.  The Osa Peninsula is home to one of the healthiest rainforests in Central America and also home to a particularly large colony of scarlet macaws. We visited Playa Caletas in the morning with three options for endeavoring to choose from, including a trip through the dense rainforest buffer to a national park, a casual hike in the lower beachfront area to look for wildlife, and horseback riding to Rio Claro. As one might expect, there were wonderful sightings of wildlife across all activities. Scarlet macaws, spider monkeys, Tamandua anteaters, leaf-cutter ants, howler monkeys, and three toed sloths and their offspring were all seen.

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  • Playa Blanca, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

    This was our second day in Costa Rica, and we went all out to make good use of our time here! Today included hikes through the forest of the lush Osa Peninsula and a demonstration in gold panning. Such activities are often hosted by locals, who are generous with their time and are eager to share their culture with us. This all takes place in the gorgeous and tropical Costa Rican atmosphere of the Osa Penisula and Golfo Dulce. Being 80 percent natural reserve, these areas are testament to the preservation of Costa Rican ecology and culture—a fact not lost on our guests.

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  • Golfo Dulce, Casa Orquidea, & Golfito

    Last night we neared the second country of our trip, departing from the wonderful Panama and into the lovely Costa Rica. We came into Costa Rica via the Golfo Dulce, or “Sweet Gulf,” located at the southern province of Puntarenas. This inlet begins on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and extends northward before turning west. The area’s bay separates the Osa Peninsula from mainland Costa Rica.

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  • Coiba National Park, Panama

    Today we visited Coiba National Park. This natural reserve is home to the largest coral reef formation in the eastern Pacific, with more than 500,000 acres of marine ecosystem and 125,000 acres of forest. Interestingly, the island this forest occupies was used as a penal colony for more than 80 years, which yielded the even further unexpected outcome of an untouched expanse of marine and forest habitat.

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