Hiking with Mr. Hawkins

by Nikki Desuasido

Hiking and horseback riding with Mr. Hawkins was truly an unforgettable experience. We were so thankful to have such an amazing guide show us the ropes of what Providencia had to offer. We hiked to the highest point of the island, "The Peak", as he told us all about the island's history, vegetation, flora and fauna. Learning all these interesting facts made trekking through the jungle (in the hot weather!) go by real fast. Before we knew it, we finally reached the summit. From the top, you can see a beautiful 365 degree view; and we enjoyed our snacks and fruits that we picked up along the trail. I have never seen anyone cut up coconuts the way Mr. Hawkins did -- like a pro and with a machete. He really is the best!