Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Eco-Excursions in Cruz Alta

It's possible to hike or ride by horseback to Cruz Alta, a remote Lenca community located up a steep hill behind town. The hill itself is considered to be sacred as it was the site of several miracles and is surrounded by thick rainforest which serves as important watershed for supplying drinking water to the community below. Hiking and bird-watching alongside Montana de Camapara is an inspiring activity that offers a glimpse of rare wildlife and vegetation. It's also possible to visit an organic coffee plantation or any of the micro-enterprises such as paper-making or pottery. A tour of the finca de Don Maximo Odon is a good way to become introduced to a wide variety of agricumtural methods and local indigenous crops. Planning is currently underway to launch a volunteer vacation program in the community.

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