Montibelli is a natural reserve located just 45 minutes from Managua. Most of the reserve is covered with tropical dry forest, and has many different types of animals and plants.
The howler monkeys woke us up this morning with their songs.
After a delicious breakfast of gallo pinto, eggs and fruit, we had our first get acquainted activity.
Joe came and gave the girls a talk about Nicaragua. He had a wonderful condensed version of Nicaragua’s history.
As the girls were settling in, the chaperons were treated to a small hike with Allen to see the cactus that the dragon fruit grows on.
On a hike to see how the dragon fruit grow we encountered these caterpillars.
We saw the cactus of the dragon fruit…. (We did not know it came from a cactus)
On the reserve, there are avocados, dragon fruit, bananas, pineapple. A plethora of delicious food.
We later went to El Trapiche, the community in which we would volunteer. It was about an hour and a half drive from Montibelli nestled on a hill that overlooks a valley. Beautiful.
The girls are ready and willing to give their all!
We will help with a playground, garden and a warehouse for supplies.
We look forward to getting to work tomorrow.