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  • You're on the trail, going downhill, and you're just like:

  • Wow, look at that tree! Wow, look at that bird! Wow, look at that animal!”

  • Every time you come, it's different. You never get bored about nature.

  • Woah!

  • My name is José Pablo Jelkmann Mendía, and I am an outdoor adventure guide.

  • El Sur is a natural reserve in the south part of Volcán de Agua.

  • It's a beautiful volcano that opens to the pacific coast.

  • Overall the park is 2,500 acres, and there's a little more than 25 miles of trails.

  • The group that started El Sur wanted to conserve the land, but they needed a way to make it sustainable.

  • And that's when the idea of having recreation activities came into the plan.

  • My favorite activity to do here is mountain biking.

  • It's a pristine rainforest with huge, old growth trees.

  • The animals in the park are protected,

  • and that's what makes them feel free and comfortable being around people.

  • You can see the culture difference between a protected area and one that is not.

  • Outside the property the land is being used for agriculture.

  • So what that means is that there is going to be a lot of deforestation.

  • Having places in the country where you can go and actually enjoy and preserve natureit's beautiful.

  • I feel grateful that these places actually exist.

You're on the trail, going downhill, and you're just like:

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/03/29
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