Location: Manuel Antonio

Today was a long and deserving day.  We woke up early and headed to Hugo’s magic bus for a three-hour drive to the Pacific Coast.  When we finally arrived, we were met by rolling waves and hot sun.  We headed straight for the Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) animal rescue center, where we helped to build a sloth enclosure.  After two hours of work and chitchatting with the monkeys we were drenched in sweat from head to toe and booked it for the beach, but only after being entertained by Chip, the very interesting manager of KSTR.  There some of us enjoyed drinking from a freshly-chopped coconut, some suffered from jellyfish stings on the shore, and others practiced body surfing or went banana boating.  All in all, it was a good day at the beach, and we even got a little tan!  After arriving at the Mono Azul Hotel and washing off the days sand and sweat, we ate a great meal of burritos and began to plan our two days of student-led service. We finished off the day with a relaxing night at our hotel in the luxury of air-conditioning.