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.

25 April 2011


We are now a month into autumn and noticing the different weather patterns.  Misty mornings give way to piercing blue skies, now that the rainy season is over.  Eagles soar overhead, looking for prey.
Misty morning
Eagles ride the thermals, sometimes as many as a dozen

Deep golden sunsets
Although the days are getting shorter the sunsets are incredible - watching them is our favourite past-time  when work is over.

Fireballs at sunset

Easter chicks

Home-made hot cross buns

20 April 2011


We were so pleased with the roof terraces once they had finished being painted.  The only problem was that in the strong autumn sunlight, they were almost blinding.

We started thinking about introducing some colour to tone the walls down, not easy with lime wash as colours fade quickly in the sun.

Dixie and Cassi like running around on the roof terrace

Crisp white walls

The outside of the upper living room looks even larger

Of course, putting furniture and plants on the terrace later would break up the vast expanses of white.

11 April 2011


We decided on wooden doors for the internal rooms.

They are made of solid tarara wood and are 4 cm thick.

View from one side of the main bathroom to the other

 And here is a close up of the floor - black slate cut into narrow bricks.

03 April 2011


As the garden had a slope to it, we had to create terraces to avoid excessive run-off during the rainy season.  Ed taught Rosando how to make a dry stone wall and he did a great job.

The first terraced garden for soft fruit and vegetables
We planted out tomato plants started off in the greenhouse

...and some corn that grew in our compost heap!
But we were running out of big stones, so we drove up into the mountain above Sky Hacienda and purchased a couple of lorry loads from the relative of one of our workers.

Rosando obviously has the Inca touch when it comes to building walls.  Below is part of the wall to the outdoor kitchen.