Alpha Romeo 4 are following fast on the heels of expedition 11C’s first ‘Alpha 4’ group in the development and conservation of the La Cangreja National Park.
|No its not the local Turrialba football team... its Alpha Romeo 4!|
|Venturer Teri looks out over her new home for the next three weeks|
When we arrived we were greeted by Don Bolivar and four of the rangers that help protect La Cangreja. We were treated to a slide show of all the important work that Raleigh has achieved in the past, but also, a run down on all the poisonous snakes and spiders to keep our eyes out for! The rangers explained to us the work we would be expected to do, and showed us some of the previous work which had been done by Raleigh.
Work on the trail has been swift but rewarding. Many areas of the path need ditches and drainage systems to help preserve the paths. Seeing how quickly the paths can soon become overgrown and lost without regular attention is just amazing! We have also had the opportunity to help clean up the ‘Raleigh Trail’ which a previous expedition helped to build. The aim of the trail is to allow disabled access to the National Park, whilst still being able to enjoy the jungle environment and fabulous views from the viewing platform!
|Cutting their way through the forest in style!|
Before arriving, I never fully understood the importance an area like La Cangreja can have on the community. Thousands of people rely on the National Park to provide them with clean, safe drinking water. Previous generations of deforestation have caused the water flow of one river in the zone, the Rio Negro, to shrink three times in size from what it was just 30 years ago!