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  • Mariano’s Epic Journey – Guatemala to Bolivia « Greenheart Voyagers
    donde mas secuestros son realizados mil dudas rondaban mi cabeza a la vez que veia irse la luz oi el motor de un coche alce mi dedo al cielo y puse mi mejor sonrisa y por gracia de dios el coche paro El hombre me hablo de lo loco que es andar por esas tierras de noche y que lo mas que el podia hacer por mi era acercarme a una granja cercana para pedir comida y un techo donde dormir Por suerte el granjero y yo pronto nos hicimos amigos ya que mi CÓRAZON VERDE une a los seres del planeta como la arena se une con el barro para producir nuestras casas de adobe A la mañana siguiente déspues de un energetizante café Panameño segui rumbo al puerto donde tomé una lancha que durante las siguintes 8 horas cruzariamos a Colombia El asiento duro como la madera del respaldo y el agua fria constante que te acariciaba la cara fueron mis compañeros de viaje para cruzar uno de los parajes mas bellos que jamas estos ojos vieron Islas de apenas 6 metros cuadrados llenas hasta los topes de palmera cocotera eran el paisaje que acompañaba esta aventura millones de ellas pequeñas canoas de los lugareños cambios del color del mar caribe por las profundidades de sus aguas ya bien entrada la tarde llegamos a Puerto Baldia la ultima parte del país de Pánama lugar donde los militares mandan sin duda y puerto fronterizo con Colombia A la mañana siguiente por fin sin más que una perfecta y maravillosa experiencia llegé a Capurgana primera tierra Colombiana Una vez en el Sur América me di cuenta que los miedos que a uno le surgen en la vida tan solo son la separación que uno mismo hace del TODO El tiempo corria en mi contra para poder llegar a tiempo al sosticio de verano que el gobierno Boliviano estaba preparando para el cambio de era Colombia Ecuador y Peru fueron mis siguientes destinos sin mucho tiempo para disfrutar Pero por fin en 2 meses de viaje y con un presupuesto de 500 euros entre en tierras bolivianas desde mi entrada en Cancún México Dios siempre estuvo de mi lado y yo siempre estuve del lado de la humanidad por eso que uno siempre consigue lo que quiere siempre y cuando salga de lo más profundo del corazón Mi primer destino en Bolivia fue Cochabamba lugar de la sede de la ONG local GAIAPACHA Allí uní fuerzas con esta organización no lucrativa para experimentar la cultura local Mi corazón se sentia en casa pero mi mente todavia no Mauro y el que esto escribe nos encaminamos hacia la Isla mas alta del mundo y de donde segun cuentan las piedras y culturas ancestrales surge la primera cultura humana de este lado del oceano pacifico LA ISLA DEL SOL Con 3900 metros de altitud sobre el nivel del mar y 8300 metros cuadrados con forma de felino y pudiendo ser navegable la Isla

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  • Cochabamba to Samaipata, Bolivia « Greenheart Voyagers
    supposedly take 8 hours and get me to the city of Santa Cruz from where there were connections to Samaipata The bus departed punctually but got no further than just outside the terminal as a good few passengers hadn t yet boarded It was also delayed several hours on route randomly stopping on the road for no apparent reason whilst passengers grumbled noisily then racing off at full tilt good not to see out of the front Although fitted with comfortable recling seats and plenty of legroom there are surprisingly no toilets on board so don t drink too much before the journey It stopped just after dawn at a police check point everyone had to get off a chance for a pee then all boarded again and it rushed off once more arriving finally in the traffic and fume filled city of Santa Cruz some three hours late I got a cab to the Samaipata Express connection point for shared taxis heading up to the village 2 5 hours 30 Bolivianos which leave when there are enough passengers Our driver Gramps had an interesting car converted from right hand to left hand drive leaving the dashboard in the original place He also doubled up as a courier delivering several packages to drug stores and vetinary clinics on the way so it took over three hours to arrive in Samaipata The final hour was on winding roads climbing up into the verdant Andes Elbow with beautiful scenery and fresh country air a big relief after the traffic pollution of Santa Cruz I spent the first night at the campsite and hostel El Jardin a pretty place with well tended gardens and green features such as adobe bottle construction heart shaped mosaics composting toilets and intercambio for volunteers wanting to exchange a night in their tent for a few hours work It s also a good place to find out about other volunteer options available in the area Self catering is possible but the kitchen is lacking slightly in crockery and was constantly busy with the mainly French speaking 20 something clientele cooking away I stayed in one of the dorms 35 bolivianos which was clean but the bed was a bit u shaped and not the best for comfort The next night I moved to the Andoriña hostel www andorinasamaipata com a great place with excellent fruity breakfasts run by a Dutch Bolivian couple Andres and Dora They also offer volunteer possibilities either working in the hostel 1 person or on their organic farm a 40 minute drive up into the hills outside town max 4 volunteers I settled in and was told by Andres that we d go to visit the farm in the next days Andoriña has a great atmosphere and other travellers there were soon my new friends In researching other volunteer options in Samaipata I went to the slightly out of town but peaceful and beautiful hotel campsite called La Vispera www lavispera org Run by

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  • Guatemala, Belize, Peru and Bolivia! « Greenheart Voyagers
    steamy el Petén area of the country We stayed one night at the Backpackers hostel there and the next morning we got another bus two hours north to the lovely Finca Ixobel near Poptún where I had volunteered during a previous trip We spent a few fine days at the Finca recharging our batteries and the girls indulged in some horse riding exploring the beautiful surrounds A project in Belize was calling and on our way there we stopped off for one night at the Garifuna town of Livingston reached by boat down the Rio Dulce Guatemala Belize Richard and Alisa s Earthship at Lubaantun Belize What an incredible place Tuesday 20th November we board an early morning lancha for a one hour bumpy spray filled journey over the waters to the Belize town of Punta Gorda in the deep south region of Toledo On arrival in the town we are met by Richard our host at the wonderfully named Chaos Oasis our woofing joint located next to the Mayan ruins of Lubaantun near the village of San Pedro Columbia It s a stunning location with incredible jungle scenary and the venue for Belize s first Earthship project Run by Richard and Alisa two friends who had previously lived in Ibiza plus their kids Alex Maya and Tatiana we d been looking forward to seeing this incredible project and getting down to some proper woofing after all the travels so far A future post will give full details of the Earthship and its ongoing development but for now it s enough to say that we settled in for nearly two weeks of hard work and great times here We were joined by two other woofers Nico Belgium and Jessie Canada and a great deal of sweaty days toiling was achieved including making a new compost area preparing new veggie gardens preparing glass bottle bricks for the Earthship and chopping and clearing areas for further development the good old slash and burn technique It was superb to be there and aside from the work we enjoyed helping prepare the fabulous food Alisa tirelessly conjured up listening to tales of Belizean life heading off for regular escapes to the stunning ruins of Lubantuun 5 minutes walk away having a rinse with dips in the creeks and the feeling the unbeatable atmosphere of ancient Mayan ways of life We also had the fortunate chance to check out a couple of tremendous projects in the area Christopher Nesbitt s agro forestry and permaculture wonderland venue Mayan Mountain Research Farm And his neighbour just up the creek Ignacio whose land consisted of amazing local plants and a great variety of cacao plantations Both places welcome visitors or volunteers and are highly recommended to check out More details on both places will be blogged about here soon And so it s south and to another continent entirely Oh decisions decisions So often during this adventure it s been really tough to decide what to do next

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  • Mexico – Greenheart shines again! « Greenheart Voyagers
    provided well priced and tasty fare for the weary travellers Whilst some of us caught up on sleep Mariano got on the case of chatting to locals visiting town and checking out opportunities for the group and soon we had a couple of volunteer options for us to visit We were joined by a fellow traveller César from Panama and we first walked to the site for the forthcoming Mother Earthship festival taking place in December We were welcomed by a couple from the USA who were getting the basics set up for the party and they invited us to pitch tent there and help out with the preparations Then we walked a couple of kilometers out of the village to the home of the owners of an organic products shop and restaurant in Palenque that Mariano had previously popped into Hailing from Venezuela and Mexico City proprietors Karen and Oscar had moved to the area two months previously and bought a beautiful piece of land with family house three round cabañas small round dwellings with thatched roofs water electricity and a good sized swimming pool They were very welcoming and offered all 6 of us to stay in one cabaña tents or hammocks in exchange for helping them to prepare the place for opening for guests at the beginning of December We were most happy to accept the offer The next days were spent doing a variety of jobs on site Mariano got busy making some wooden tables for the guest cabañas whilst others cleaned and prepared the lodgings and outside kitchen We also discussed with the owners ways to implement permaculture techniques on site including making composting bins a small veggie garden and a composting toilet Talks on ecological themes at dinner time with local friends of the owners Marco and Pedro were proving interesting as Pedro is part of a group who are redeveloping a wetland area very close to the centre of Palenque We made arrangements to visit the area the next day A definite highlight of our time in the area was a visit to the famous Mayan temples and ruins of Palenque This incredible site set in the tropical jungle was literally mind blowingly beautiful and one of the most fascinating places we d ever seen We did a group connection session and short meditation to lock down our energy here for 2012 Several hours were spent enjoying wandering around the various temples climbing the structures admiring the stunning views and getting off the beaten track in the forest There we found a small path leading down to the river where the sweaty team were delighted to strip off and take an unbeatable bathe in the pristine warm waters Wetlands Redevelopment Palenque Town Our new friends Pedro an engineer and Marco a biologist took us to see a wetland area just on the outskirts of Palenque town They explained how a project is due to commence there shortly in order to redevelop the zone

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