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An Unexpected Visitor in the Volcano

Coatimundi © KIKE CALVO
A curious unexpected visitor during our trek to the Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica. The coatimundi, a member of the raccoon family, is also known as Brazilian aardvark, Mexican tejón, moncún, hog-nosed coon, pizote, or gatosolo. Lindblad-National Geographic Expedition. Photo © KIKE CALVO
Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike:
  • Lisa Rice

    This almost looks staged. Thanks for the laugh!

    • Dear Lisa,

      This happened before yesterday while we visited the Irazu Volcano on the way back. Glad you liked it.

  • Beth Miller

    Can’t even go to the store for milk without paparazzi taking my picture!

  • Rolo

    I love that Country! Beautiful scenarios…

  • Beth Miller

    Just can’t escape the paparazzi these days!

  • Beth Miller

    I do not understand. Do you want comments or not?

  • Sebastian Ariston

    Nicely captured! I’m wondered to see such unexpected visitor in the volcano. Thanks for introducing properly that wild animal. I’ve never seen such animal before so glad to learn from here.
    famous volcanoes

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