Caletas Beach and Corcovado National Park

Mar 23, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Our first day exploring the wild side of Costa Rica began with a beautiful sunrise. A lush forest covered the coastline of Caletas Beach, our first destination to explore in the morning. On board National Geographic Quest, our guests enjoyed breakfast and readied themselves to go ashore.

Once on land, they divided in groups together with naturalist staff. Some went on horses to ride along the shoreline. Others hiked through a mature rain forest, while the rest enjoyed walks along the Caletas coast.

The morning report was loaded with great sightings of exotics birds and primates. Nature granted us a beautiful morning in the tropical rain forest. While having lunch aboard the ship, we repositioned for our afternoon destination of Corcovado National Park.

We all had a great time exploring this part of Costa Rica. One trail lead to a lovely waterfall, and those who did that hike had the opportunity to swim in a lovely watering hole. Others had a great time walking and birding in a more level trail.

At the end of the day, we gather in the lounge to share thoughts about our awesome day at Caletas and Corcovado National Park granted our group, to which we all replied with a big “PURA VIDA.”

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About the Author

Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile. He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama. Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking. He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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