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 July 2011


I have to confess that I made a trip back to England for 5 weeks in June and July, leaving Ed to run the build, take care of the animals and feed me wonderful photos of progress at Sky Hacienda so that I could maintain the blog.  

He decided to drive from Sucre to Santa Cruz on my return to Bolivia as we needed to pick up applicances, a journey mostly on dirt roads that saw him and our trusty minibus arrive 18 hours later covered in dust.  He swore he would not return on the same road, and we were assured that there was a longer route, but paved, back to Sucre.

Well, two thirds of the road was paved, but when we turned west towards Sucre we realized we were on la Ruta de Che, the road used by Che Guevara as he was hunted down and eventually killed by the Bolivian police.

It was in equal parts terrible and beautiful.  The dusty rubble road limited our speed to around 20 k an hour but we drove up into the mountains passing through rain forest with breathtaking views.  On occasions it was a little too breathtaking, especially when we were driving around a narrow stretch of mountain road and encountered not one but two massive trucks carrying excavating machines.  Of course they were on the inside, so Ed had to gingerly drive to the edge to allow them to pass, with me whimpering with fear in the passenger seat.  Memories of our near death bus ride from Lima to Cusco in Peru came flooding back as I sat over the crumbly edge of the road.  But we survived!

24 hours later we arrived back in Sucre, having been forced to sleep in our minibus in freezing temperatures when all service stations had run out of diesel until we managed to buy fuel at three times the price from a very happy local.   

08 July 2011


Work starts on the pool wall.  It will provide shelter from the prevailing wind and much needed shade from the fierce high altitude sun.  

Windows are installed to keep the weight down on the terrace below - adobe is very heavy!  The frames will be filled with coloured glass.

Ed welds steel posts and supports in place. 

Wooden eucalyptus tree beams are laid across the span of the roof.

Carmelo inspects the bolts to make sure none are missing.

View of the roof work from the upper terrace.

02 July 2011


 Rosando continues with the dry stone wall that will create a level terrace in front of the Roundhouse.

He builds steps leading from the upper level to the outdoor kitchen area below.

Here you can see the extent of the terraced section in front of the Roundhouse.

Dirt is brought in to backfill the wall.

Rosanda and his ayudante continue the wall to finish near the fruit and vegetable garden.

The terraced garden has broken up the large, steep slope and created a great vista from below.

A final touch, a stone seat similar the those in the village of La Caunette in France, where we used to live.

Our beautiful Peruvian Pepper tree brings some welcome greenery to the lower garden....

and frames the view towards the living room of the Roundhouse.