Playa Blanca & Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

José Calvo, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 31 Jan 2020

Playa Blanca & Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, 1/31/2020, National Geographic Quest

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  • Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

After breakfast, we disembarked at Playa Blanca where we headed to different Costa Rican families who have shifted their way of living toward a more sustainable way of life. Some of our guests went on the gold panning/sugar mill tour, or to Alex’s Finca Köbo (a cacao farm), to Ms. Eida’s heart of palm plantation or Danta Rainforest hike.  This is an important day on our trip because we visit local families that will share with us their way of making a living in a region surrounded by protected areas. Any of the tours saw a great deal of wildlife, reinforcing the idea of local corridors for many bird species.

After the touring, we had the chance to experience the everyday life of the scientists of the Latin America Sea Turtles Association. Their work in research and conservation has prompted the development of important projects with the Costa Rican government. We saw how the researchers tape, weigh, tag and release a beautiful almost 100-pound green sea turtle.

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