Playa Blanca & Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Jan 31, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

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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Margrit Ulrich


Affectionately called "Machita" ("Blondie"), Margrit is one of our most cosmopolitan guides with a family that hailed from Switzerland, France, and Germany before settling in Costa Rica's capital city San José where she was born and raised. Hence she blends the well-organized, perfectionist, and detailed personality of a Swiss watch with the easiness and effervescent enthusiasm of a simple tropical girl.

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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