On the second day aboard National Geographic Quest, we stopped at Golfo Dulce and began our day with different activities, including visits with local farmers in the countryside.
We had a chance to learn about the farming of sugar cane, hearts of palm, and chocolate at various properties. It’s clear that the Costa Rican people cherish their natural habitat and have passed on their agricultural traditions from one generation to the next. The locals believe we must preserve everything for at least seven generations. As the owner of the Golden Plantation puts it, “There is a gold on my property and I can sell it at a good price, but I want to teach my kids that the most important resource is not gold, but the green gold of the rainforest.”
Later in the afternoon, our galley crew arranged a wonderful barbecue lunch. Our local hosts also treated us to a surprise dance performance.