In the early morning, National Geographic Quest arrived in the northern section of the Gulf of Nicoya in the province of Guanacaste. We visited the magnificent Curú Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is privately owned but has a status of protection that prevents even the owners from cutting down trees in the forest. The refuge has been a regular destination on our itineraries for more than 25 years, and for good reason. Not only is the forest beautiful and a good example of a dry forest, but it is also a fantastic place to see wildlife. As always, it didn’t disappoint today! Our guests had great views of monkeys, coatis, agoutis, and many beautiful tropical birds, such as the colorful scarlet macaw. A perfect ending for a perfect trip!