Paraiso Cano Hondo
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... on the beach including a hummingbird which you can just see at the top of one of the photos I will add here. On the day when we went on our trip, people from other hotels were going to spend the afternoon on our island's public beach as part of their excursion. There's quite a few shops and restaurants on there during the day. We can go on there if we want to, but there's no point when it's busy with intruders and all the sellers try to sell you stuff. It's much nicer when ...
... park. We had to get a boat back to the mainland and take a short coach ride to Samana. Once we were there we met up with some other wallies from different hotels and then we got on our boat. It took about 40 mins to get to the national park. It's a series of protected hills, valleys, rainforests and mangrove swamps and there are loads of different birds who live there. I'll add some photos here so you can see. We explored some caves which had ancient Indian cave drawings ...
... we had taught a full day of camp to 50 non English speaking kids that we'd never met, filled 10 trash bags with litter, played countless getting to know you games and songs, observed a Spanish literacy class, walked to lunch at el camiente, stopped at the hotel, hiked in El Choco, swam in a cave, visited the Dream HQ, and were headed back to change and relax before dinner.
We went to the best beach bar in cabarete for ...
... so it would be good publicity for the charity and issue in general.I finished and send the article off today (with the help of Dad to send it due to the slow internet here!)The charity will also publish it on their website! They have asked me to translate it into Spanish, although I think this may be a bit of a challenge. I'm going to try but not sure how it'll go!
... Not even a local would do that!
Through a variety of trails, dirt roads, rocks, and rivers, our team hiked up and down a path that had an absolutely breathtaking view of the valley.. the entire way up! How could we not stop to take one, two, or quite a few photos?!
As we trickled to the top two hours later, probably a couple people at a time, our water bottles were empty and our faces were red. Well, at least mine was! But we were greeted with ...