With an incredible sunrise our morning start at Drakes Bay, Costa Rica. Our group was ready to explore the trails and fascinating ecologies of the region. Peninsula Osa is considered one of the most vibrating places on the world about abundance of wildlife. Today was just our first day of the trip and it was successful. Our first sighting was a troop of Central American spider monkeys, who were crossing over our heads braking branches and foraging for fruits. Those monkeys are unique cause are the only primates from the new world who lack thumbs. The calls of the birds were also notable on the surrounding forest even when the noise cicadas were loud as a chainsaw. We saw trogons, antbirds, and tanagers. We enjoy the walk to a waterfall, following a trail with a lot of roots and mud but with some huge trees, some of them so tall that you can see the shade that is created for them do not let anything else grow underneath. The tropical rainforest shows how humid and diverse this ecosystem is. It was a lot of fun in our first day in Costa Rica.
National Geographic Quest
Today, National Geographic Quest arrived in the gateway of Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica’s most ecologically intense rainforest. Its diversity is unparalleled. In the morning, our guests enjoyed either a long hike or a walk along the coastline. In both activities, guests spotted scarlet macaws, their colors blazing in the tree canopy. Other tropical birds also displayed extraordinary colors. Among others, we spotted scarlet-rumped tanagers, bay-headed tanagers, and red-legged honeycreepers. We also observed land mammals, including white-nosed coatimundis, on the grounds of the coastal walkway of San Josesito Beach. Later in the afternoon, we repositioned to San Pedrillo, one of the stations of the national park and a highlight of our voyage. The chance to dip into a waterfall pool made every meter of the walk worth it. Along the hike, guests spotted American crocodiles and many types of tropical birds. The importance of this area is demonstrated by the size of its trees. The park, 80% of which is protected, maintains a good balance of the species that inhabit this gorgeous rainforest. The pargo trail was another option for hiking today, and guests enjoyed great sightings of spider monkeys, black-hooded antshrikes, dot-winged antwrens, and rufous pihas. After the afternoon activities, we headed back to the ship. We enjoyed the recap sessions, a great end to this day.