The last of our three day group rotations today saw us headed to Hacienda Baru, , a short drive from our compound. This is an amazing place with a dynamic history typical of this country. The owner, Jack Ewing, author of Mokeys Are Made of Chocolate, greeted our group and explained a bit of the history of his 830 acre wildlife preserve. Hacienda Barú started 30 years ago as rice fields and cattle pasture. Jack shared about his personal and professional transformation over the years which led him away from farming and hunting to the eventual establishment of this wildlife preserve. Here is Jack greeting our group:
As we arrived, we spotted a sloth in a nearby tree and got a fantastic glimpse of the sloth’s jovial face through the observation scope the staff had set up.
Then it was off to put on our harness and other gear for an educational zip through the canopy’s 8 lines, making our way through the rainforest of chocolate trees (cacao) and amazing wildlife.
And some student reflections:
Izzy and Neely:
Cardio is important and horse back riding is fun. We liked seeing wildlife that we would normally not see in America.
This trip has been great so far. Being able to experience so many different
activities like horseback riding, jumping off waterfalls, and participating in cultural
dances, have been amazing events that I will always cherish. I feel very grateful for
being able to take part in this trip…
This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It has been really fun so far and I’m
looking forward to every part of it. I’m really happy that I was able to be a part of
such a wonderful trip.
Katie and Elisa:
We have really enjoyed all of the activities so far and each day seems to trump
the last. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to go to Costa Rica with
our entire class.
There is something to enjoy everyday, whether it is a new food or activity. This
trip pushes me out of my comfort zone but I’m glad I get to try all of these
amazing new things.
We returned in time for our Salsa lessons. ALL ARE NOW READY FOR OUR NIGHT OF SALSA DANCING! Check out our group’s experience here: http://thecube.com/event/salsa-lesson-cr-447135