On Saturday, October 4, the Abante colleagues visited the Hacienda La Esperanza in Manati, Puerto Rico. The colleagues toured the restored and preserved remnants of the most important sugar Hacienda of its time, and learned about citizen science and the history of slavery in the coastal nature reserve.
The team found the collection of machetes from all over the world most fascinating. Meeting Esperanza (the conservation’s guard dog) was a welcome treat, and a view of the original 1861 sugar mill, which happens to be one of the last working sugar mills in the world.
Following the tour, the colleagues enjoyed an afternoon at the beautiful beach of La Esperanza just a few miles from the Hacienda. Both the Hacienda La Esperanza and the Esperanza Beach are located in the biggest nature reserve in the region. The reserve is also home to many citizen science projects, and a unit of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico.