ABOUT SKY HACIENDA
June Donaldson and Edward Garry live at an altitude of 2,600 metres in Mosoj Llajta, Yotala, 20 minutes from the colonial city of Sucre in Bolivia, South America. Using earth and stones from the land, we have sculpted beautiful buildings which compliment the high desert landscape and incorporate creative and innovative elements of design.
We have designed a high quality hotel in Sucre for guests who want to get off the treadmill of travelling from city to city in South America. At Sky Hacienda you can dictate your own timing and choose how to enjoy your stay, whether it is doing very little or exploring the best that the Andes in Bolivia has to offer.
21 August 2009
PREPARING THE LAND
Apart from the cows, pigs, goats and sheep that grazed on our land - and their poo was very welcome so we didn't mind them - there were the thorn bushes, which we did mind.
They were everywhere, sporting vicious spikes that drove through the thickest soles and with the potential to cause punctured tyres on a regular basis.
We needed to make a road so that we could drive to the area allocated for the first of the building, and to give access to delivery vehicles. We cleared the stones from the 'road', using them to line the route and burned the thorn bushes that were in the way.
The land around the building area also had to be cleared as a space for making adobe bricks.
We decided that the first building would be a shed to house our tools and materials. As we had no experience of adobe, it seemed a good idea to use the shed as an experiment - to see what quality of bricks were produced from the dirt on the land and how sturdy the walls would be. We found a couple of guys, Philippe and Modesto, who agreed to make 100 adobe bricks for 65 bolivianos, the equivalent of approx. £6/6 Euros/$9 US. They reckoned they could make around 200 a day.