Today we arrived in the beautiful coastal community of Playa Blanca, one of the most lively and interesting places on the Osa Peninsula. We went ashore, and we were greeted by flocks of scarlet macaws with their very majestic colors.

And off we went for interesting and cultural visits hosted by local families in their homes. The entrepreneurial projects run by these families are all based in ecofriendly tourism under conservation laws put in place by the Costa Rican government. Our guest relished their visits. No one is more knowledgeable than local people when it comes to explaining their backgrounds, history, and daily endeavors. We were offered natural juices, empanadas, fried plantains, and pour over coffee.

After our activities in the morning, we had a great picnic lunch that was followed by a cultural presentation by children from the area. We enjoyed listening to the music and seeing the dresses and talents of these young children as they celebrated Costa Rican culture and heritage with guests.

We also had the chance to observe as representatives from a foundation called LAST (Latin America Sea Turtles) released a hawksbill turtle. What a great day.