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.

02 March 2010


Two days after the devastation caused by heavy rain, Ed called me from the land to say he was going to pour the second part of the concrete roof that day. There were more thunderstorms and heavy rain predicted for mid-week onwards, and Ed decided enough was enough. We had to get a roof on the already fragile adobe walls.

The previous day had been spent shoring up the damaged sections using beams and wooden lintels.

We wheeled out our shiny new concrete mixer purchased after struggling during our last pour with a hired mixer that was only just short of useless.

On the right is a photo of Hipolito using a vibrator to ensure there are no bubbles or air spaces in the cement.

Nothing gets wasted on our building site, and the adobe bricks that had become waterlogged were broken up, ready to be made into new bricks!

Our workers did a great job, finishing the roof before dark, so we cooked up some hamburgers and celebrated with fizzy cola and orange drinks.

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