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Published: July 23rd 2017
Santa Elena Reserve
The gravel used for making the path
After breakfast, we met Fabian, our new trip coordinator, and then headed to the Santa Elena Reserve for volunteering. Our first task of the day was to create a gravel path for tourists to walk on. The whole morning, Renata and I hauled heavy bags of gravel up winding paths and stairs. I never realized how much work it took to build and maintain the trails. Heavy rain damages the paths and the Reserve staff are always working hard to maintain it. I definitely have gained a great appreciation of all the hard work done on the reservation. It was not all work, though. We had a lot of breaks and snacks. We also stopped to take pictures of tarantulas and cute coatis.
After lunch, we were given the task to wash down a hut to be painted the next day. It was not as fun as hauling rocks, since we were swarmed by bugs left, right and center, but a great experience, nevertheless.
After a well-deserved afternoon snack, it was time to head back to Monteverde.
We had dinner at the home of a sister of one of the reserve staff.
We learned how to make tortillas and enjoyed a typical Costa Rican family dinner.
Tomorrow, we have the chance to zip-line through the clouds with Sky Adventures. Then, we are going to continue volunteering on the Santa Elena Reserve.
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