This week, the National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions cruise arrived for the first time to the Osa Peninsula. The arrival was possible thanks to the tourism promotion strategy of this area as an international destination.
The boat, with capacity for 100 passengers, arrived at Playa Blanca in Puerto Jimenez, where the tourists were received with typical dances handcrafts, to later get to know the routes of archaeological and natural attractions Caminos de Osa and others in the area.
Caminos de Osa is a project developed by the Crusa Foundation, IDB-Fomin and Tejiendo Desarrollo for several years, through the program Alcanzando Escala. It has achieved the strengthening of more than 40 tourism ventures to offer a high quality product, including a gastronomic offer typical of the area.
We are interested in looking for new and interesting things that allow us to support local communities; we look for real connections and authentic experiences for our guests. Horizontes, as our partner in the country, identified the people who work here in Caminos de Osa, with tourism and sustainable agriculture, and it seemed perfect for what we are looking for in Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic,”
said Michelle Graves, Development Director of Expeditions for North America and Central America of Lindblad Expeditions.
This cruise will have three more visits to the Osa Peninsula during December, five in January and one in March.
Caminos de Osa offers three community rural tourism trails along the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve: Camino del Oro, Camino de la Selva and Camino del Agua. Each one is integrated by diverse undertakings, which allow the visitor to learn about palmito crops, sugar mill processes and even ancient gold mining techniques in the area.