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Gulfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Ryder Redfield, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor, January 2020

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 16 Jan 2020

Gulfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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  • Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia
Today was our first day into Costa Rica, and it was a terrific day. We explore the Golfo Dulce our sweet water gulf. Though brackish, Gulfo Dulce has very particular features that make it an incredible place, including the fact that it is a very deep gulf with a shallow exit to the ocean. During the rainy season, the amount of fresh water pours in, making its shallow exit a little less salty than the surrounding waters. It also has a good amount of rainforest and mangrove forest, two of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the world. Therefore, we spent the morning kayaking and cruising by Zodiac, and in the afternoon walking through a botanical garden called Casa Orquideas, where we not only enjoy the plants but the birds coming into the garden.

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