We rose early this morning and set out for the island of Santa Cruz del Islote. At 2.5 acres and with over 800 residents, it is the most densely populated island in the world. It was founded by fishermen over 300 years ago and is a self-governing entity that now welcomes tourists. Despite its crowded conditions, the community works collectively to keep the island productive. Two of the biggest conservation efforts are reducing trash and preserving the turtle population.
In the afternoon, we set out to explore the mangrove forests in Cispata Bay. Less than 80 years old, these mangroves are essential to the ecosystem and the people of San Antero. The community that used to hunt American crocodiles now works together to protect the population by collecting eggs to hatch and release into the ecosystem. We also saw over 37 species of birds, many of which are migratory.