Stuart group: NAHUAYACA WATERFALL
Our rotation at Nahuayaca Waterfalls began with half the group riding in an enclosed pick-up truck bed down to saddle up the horses and ride down to the waterfall. The second group was driven down to the mouth of the waterfall and would ride the horses back. The property belongs to Don Lulu whose family supports an approach to eco-tourism that provides not just a thrilling adventure on spirited horses but also an opportunity to experience first hand the “Tico/Tica” (term for Costa Rican person) commitment to the environment. Once at the falls, the group spent some time swimming and considering whether they wanted to take the leap off the 35 foot ledge. Don Lulu’s team was amazing at helping each person make their way safely up the face of the rocks. Here are some photos of the day:
It was an amazing day. Climbing up the waterfall and jumping off was a first time experience. Not doing this everyday only made me smile. Riding horses was the first time I did something like that. My horse was named Speedy and he was very aggressive. He wanted to be in front the entire time and hated everyone who passed him. He especially like to go fast which was very fun. It kind of represented me in sports especially when I run.
BARAT: Puerto Nuevo School
Our rotation to Puerto Nuevo school began with some adjustments, since our initial job of painting the interior of the one-room school was changed due to the Principal’s more urgent need to address some large trees whose branches hung over nearly half of the tiny school’s compound. The trees, providing some much needed shade for the school, also provided a haven for snakes-including boa constrictors-some of which would made their way onto the school yard. The local families, knowing of our upcoming visit, pitched in to hire two locals to cut the trees back. One of our primary tasks was to help haul the felled limbs out of the school grounds, across the soccer field and onto a composting pile near a stream. The work was arduous, but given the gravity of the situation, our group made the extra effort to work together and make it happen. While hauled tree branches, others added a coat of paint to the bathroom, while yet another group engaged the local children in games while they waited to receive the school supplies we brought.
Our work with the kids
DUCHESNE at Hacienda Barú