Help develop a Garden of Eden in the mountains near Villa de Leyva, Colombia

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi!

    We are Nati (Chilean), and Max (Belgian). Our dogs Abril (Chilean) and Zuma (Colombian).

    We've just started our Eco project on a beautiful Finca in the mountains near Villa de Leyva, Boyaca. It's the perfect place to escape from the Corona madness, enjoy nature and fresh mountain air, and get some experience with organic growing, nutrition and diet therapy, sustainable landscaping and eco-building (inspired by permaculture and techniques from several continents).

    With a spectacular view of the Paramo de Iguaque, the mountain that rises 1400m higher than where we are, the Finca measures almost 2 hectares of (mostly) inclined land with two ponds, native trees, eucalypts, a few fruit trees (soon to be more!), wild blackberries and ferns, agave and plenty of grass. At the bottom of the Finca runs a creek through a small patch of old oak trees. 200m further, across some farm land you'll find the gorgeous river La Colorada with water gushing down from the Paramo, through a lush valley.

    We've recently finished the renovation of a small 200 year old adobe house where we now live in. We have a huge bell tent (5m across and 3m tall) available for guests or volunteers, equipped with a double bed and solar lights.

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    Hola

    Somos Nati (Chilena) y Max (Belga). Nuestros perros Abril (Chilena) y Zuma (Colombiano).

    Recién empezamos nuestro proyecto ecológico en una finca hermosa en las montañas cerca de Villa de Leyva, Boyacá. Es el lugar perfecto para desconectar, disfrutar la naturaleza y el aire fresco de la montaña, además te dará la oportunidad de aprender acerca de cultivo organico, nutricion y dietoterapia, paisajismo sostenible y bioconstrucción (inspirado por la permacultura y técnicas de varios continentes).

    Con una vista espectacular al Páramo de Iguaque, la montaña que está 1400m más alto, la finca mide casi 2 hectáreas de tierra (sobre todo) inclinada con dos embalses de agua, arboles nativos, eucaliptos, algunos frutales (pronto habrán más!), moras salvajes, helechos, y mucho pasto. Al fondo de la finca corre un arroyo a través de un parche pequeño de viejos robles. 200m más adelante, tras tierras de cultivo, encuentras el maravilloso río La Colorada con agua chorreando directo del páramo, a través de un valle frondoso.

    Acabamos de terminar la renovación de un ranchito de adobe construido hace 200 años. Para alojar a los huéspedes y voluntarios tenemos una confortable carpa tipo tipi (diámetro 5m y 3m de alto), equipado con cama doble y luces solares.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You'll learn about:
    - organic growing of fruits, herbs and vegetables
    - sustainable landscaping (considering climate, water access, different functions and uses of trees and plants)
    - eco-building (current materials are adobe, wood, rock, small bamboo)
    - languages Spanish, English, Dutch, French
    - dog care
    - nutrition and healthy cooking
    - the huge variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants in Colombia
    - exchange of experience with travelers
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    Aprenderás sobre:
    - cultivo ecológico de frutas, hierbas y verduras
    - paisajismo sostenible (tomando en cuenta el clima, acceso al agua, funciones diferentes de árboles y plantas)
    - bioconstrucción (materiales en el momento son adobe, madera, piedra, caña de bambú)
    - idiomas Español, Inglés (Max es maestro), Francés, Holandés
    - cuidar a perros (comida y necesidades)
    - la gran variedad de frutas, verduras, hierbas y plantas en Colombia
    - intercambio de experiencias con otros viajeros

  • Help

    Help

    In the next few months we'll need your help with:
    - planting fruit trees
    - creating a canal and water conservation system
    - managing the growth of the blackberries, ferns and shrubs that are growing rapidly since the recent rains (with machete and weedwacker)
    - pruning trees (with machete and loppers)
    - building an eco-bathroom (with rocks from the river, tiny local bamboo and wood from the finca) for guests and volunteers (for now you can use the bathroom in the house)
    - taking care of our loving dogs Abril and Zuma
    - developing and maintaining the vegetable garden near the house
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    En los próximos meses necesitaremos su ayuda en:
    - plantar/sembrar árboles frutales
    - crear un sistema de canales para la conservación del agua
    - gestionar el crecimiento de moras, helechos y arbustos creciendo rápido debido a las recientes lluvias (con machete y guadañadora)
    - podar árboles (con machete, sierras y tijeras podadores)
    - construcción de un baño ecológico (con piedras del río, caña de bambú y madera de la finca) para huéspedes y voluntarios (por ahora se puede usar la sala de baño en la casa)
    - cuidar a nuestros perros Abril y Zuma
    - desarrollar y mantener el huerto de verduras y hierbas cerca de la casa

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    - A huge stylish bell tent (5m across and 3m tall), equipped with a double bed, sheets, blankets, pillows and solar lights. Extra inflatable mattresses available.
    - Shower and kitchen in the house (50m from the tent), with hot water and flush toilet.
    - Bonfire with firewood for evening gatherings
    - WiFi available near the house

    - Food and accommodation will be provided in exchange for 4-5 hours of work/day, 5 days/week.
    - Weekends can be taken off for side-trips, or you can stay and arrange your own food (bought in town, from us, or in the restaurant 300m from the finca).
    - Turns will be taken between hosts and volunteers in the preparation of food

    We're just starting with volunteers, so we'll have to see how everything plays out. Preferences can be discussed in advance, on arrival or throughout the week. We're flexible.
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    - Una carpa (bell tent) enorme (5m diámetro y 3m de alto), equipado con cama doble, sabanas, manta, almohadas y luces solares. Colchon inflable extra disponible.
    - Ducha y cocina dentro de la casa (a 50m de la carpa), con agua caliente y baño moderno inodoro
    - Fogata con leña para juntarse de noche
    - WiFi disponible dentro y cerca de la casa

    - Ofrecemos comida y alojamiento en cambio de 4-5 horas/dia, 5 dias/semana.
    - Fines de semana se pueden tomar libres para viajecitos o actividades, o te puedes quedar en la finca y traer tu propia comida (comprar en el pueblo, de nosotros, o del restaurante a 300m).
    - Tomaremos turnos entre huéspedes y anfitriones para preparar la comida.

    Recién empezamos con voluntarios aca en la finca, pues veremos como va todo. Preferencias se pueden hablar antes de o al llegar, o durante la semana, somos flexibles.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off, you can...
    - Walk to the river La Colorada (200m)
    - Visit the Periquera waterfalls (2km), La Honda waterfalls (10km, canyoning/rappelling can be arranged) , and more.
    - Visit the famous cult colonial town of Villa de Leyva (20min by bus, 7 buses/day, alternative transport available in the evening)
    - Visit the local towns Gachantiva (20min), Arcabuco (20min) and Santa Sofia (40min)
    - Go horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, quad biking, rent a motorbike and explore!
    - Visit the Paramo de Iguaque (small or big hike)
    - Visit the colorful lagoons in the desert close to town.

    Or just hang out on the property... read, chill out in the hammocks by the ponds, go for a walk with the dogs, light a bonfire...
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    En tu tiempo libre, puedes,...
    - Caminar al río La Colorada (200 m)
    - Visitar las cascadas de La Periquera (2 km), La Honda (10km se puede arreglar barranquismo y rappel), y muchas mas.
    - Visitar el famoso pueblo de culto Villa de Leyva (20 min en bus, 7 buses al día, transporte alternativo en la noche)
    - Visitar los pueblos locales Gachantiva (20 min), Arcabuco (20 min) y Santa Sofia (40 min)
    - Montar en caballo, hacer bicicleta de montaña, caminatas, cuatrimotos, alquilar una moto y explorar la región!
    - Visitar el páramo y la laguna sagrada de Iguaque.
    - Visitar la lagunas coloreadas en el desierto cerca del pueblo.

    O simplemente pasar un tiempo lindo en la finca... leer, relajarse en las hamacas alrededor de las lagunas, ir a caminar con los perros, prender una fogata y hacer un asado...

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Fast internet connection of 10-20Mbps. Conexión de internet rápida entre 10-20Mbps.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Plenty of space of flat ground near water and electricity supply. Mucho espacio en tierra plana cerca de punto de agua y electricidad.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have two friendly dogs ourselves. A big fenced off shady green area to leave your dog when going to town or leaving the finca for anything else. All pets welcome! Tenemos dos perros amables nosotros. Hay un corral/canil grande (60 m de cerca) bajo los árboles donde puedes dejar a tu perro cuando salgas de la finca. Cualquier mascota bienvenida! Con gusto!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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