Curú Wildlife Refuge & Tortuga Island

Mark Coger , Video Chronicler

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 01 Jan 2020

Curú Wildlife Refuge & Tortuga Island, 1/1/2020, National Geographic Sea Lion

  • Aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion
  • Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Time passes so fast! New day! New year!

Early this morning, as the sun started to raise over the horizon, we reached Curú Wildlife Refuge. The onset of scenery here is truly breathtaking: an expansive sandy beach flanked by exposed ruddy rocked hills topped with semi-deciduous forest. Upon disembarkation, we started exploring the adjacent mangrove forest and tropical dry forest and as expected, we soon found a great abundance of wildlife. Lucky day indeed! Because we found at least two separate troops of white-faced capuchin monkeys, two troops of howler monkeys, and two troops of white-nosed coatis. Aside from that, collared peccaries, white-tailed deer, and crab-eating raccoons. For those of us particularly interested in birds we had great views of many species of flycatchers, wrens, parrots, and the national bird of Nicaragua – the beautiful turquoise-browed motmot. What a fantastic day we had in Curú Wildlife Refuge!

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