Vivanco: Green Encounters - Chapter 07
On the morning back in 1995 when partisans of the Colegio marched on the
Reserva Santa Elena, marking a high point in public outrage against the Fundación,
it was, to say the least, an interesting day to visit the small cloud forest preserve. It
was a colorful and raucous protest march, and people were speaking earnestly out in
the open about important issues that bear on nature conservation, tourism, and
public responsibility. Even though it was not tourist high season at the time, the RSE
could have expected at least twenty visitors that day. But word had gotten out, at
least to the naturalist guides and hotel owners, that the protest was going to happen,
and only two North American tourists dared show up. Even more striking was the
almost total lack of curiosity they showed about what was taking place before them.
The naturalist guide who accompanied them, known to virtually everyone at the
protest, was eager to usher them into the forest, pausing only to point out a specific
plant near the reserveâ€™s entrance, barely acknowledging all of us gathered there.