Curu Reserve | Tortuga Island

Dec 01, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Lion departed Caldera early this morning on its inaugural Guanacaste Costa Rica voyage. The Curu Reserve was the morning’s destination. Guests arrived at the beach by Zodiac and hiked through a mangrove estuary, primary forest, riparian areas, and orchards. The varied habitat made for excellent wildlife viewing. We had extended sightings of both howler and capuchin monkeys at play, feeding, and grooming. The reserve is an example of balanced approach between agricultural land use and forest preservation.

Our afternoon’s activities centered on the marine environment of Tortuga Island, where guests enjoyed an afternoon of kayaking and paddle boarding. The warm Pacific waters wash away the jetlag, open the senses, and make one ready to receive the impressions of tropical Costa Rica. 

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Daniel Baldwin


An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in opening doors for others to explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

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Mark Coger

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Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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