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Km 76 From Santa Cruz To Samaipata, Bermejo Bolivia
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A fantastic Organic Farm and hostel that gives it guest the greatest and freshest organic gourmet meals. you may choose to become a small part of the growing process while learning! a very enjoyable and educational place to learn about an environmentally friendly life style!!!
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Km 76 From Santa Cruz To Samaipata, Bermejo Bolivia
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Viru Viru Intl Airport48 mi
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There are few things more beautiful in life than nature, good food and good experience with good people; and this place has it all. If you're a city slicker don't come here. If you don't like learning then don't go. But for those of you that want to be more intune with a natural way of life and learn how to do it for yourself, there is no better place. I went when the property wasn't even operating at full capacity and only for 2 days but it was absolutely rewarding! I'm a chef in New Orleans, Louisiana and I got to taste and learn about 30+ different herbs, spices and plants. Some were new to me and some I knew very well, but when you try organic foods that have been truly cared for, it's like having it for the first time all over again. Chris cooks gourmet meals with his highly efficient wood-burning oven/stove that would put most chefs to shame. The herbal beers and juices he makes are one of a kind and are made to vitalize the mind, body and soul. The river was at its low point but the water was crystal clear and warm. The minerals in the river stones reflect the sunshine so well that everything seemed to be sparkling. Butterflies, lizards and birds of all kinds share their home with you while showing off their beauty. The night sky was immaculate; I've never spent so much time just admiring the stars and moon. I'll definitely be returning for an extended visit to learn this brand of natural living.
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It is not really a paradise just because it is green. And it is not even that lush, it is more like a forest than a jungle. It is not the Amazon or anything like it. There are no exotic animals or hundreds of bird calls or anything charming like that. It is just a guy's hobby farm that has been neglected and you can see that in the service and attitude of the owner. There is a nice table to eat around other people and talk. It is an open minded area to talk in. There is a comfy hammock and there is music to listen to. Maybe a fire in the evening. The food is mediocre. There is a cold shower. The prices (by Bolivian standards) are not the cheapest for what you get but they are on the lower end. There are better places to stay in Samaipata, I recommend La Finca Vispera (also a snooty place, but at least you get better food and quality accom for only a little more. The volunteers working there are usually unhappy as the work is unsatisfying. Some of the area is held together with rubber tires. So you can expect to see a trail in the forest surrounded by layers of tires built into the soil. The whole place has a has been vibe to it. Like it used to be good and now the charm has passed on. There is some manipulation as well with overworking volunteers and even some guests end up working for free even though they are paying to stay there. There is a grey area between paying guests and full volunteers. It seems like you can make a deal with the owner. But you can be sure the owner is always checking the finances and at the end of the day, that is his ultimate bottom line. And although the place is kind of beautiful, it is certainly not anytihng to go out of your way for. The river has a muddy brownish color to it. It is not dirty, but is also not crystal clear. Also, there isn't much of a garden or farm here. Again, neglected leftovers of the past take precedence. And although the quality of the place has fallen, the price has not. Mostly because the owner still loves money even though he fall out of love with his project. Also do not depend on the owner to help you out if it inconveniences him. He is selfish and focused on profits and economics first of all. The owner is only there some days, and the volunteers run the place on other days. The volunteers don't really like the owner and there is emotions between everyone. It is true the house where the guests stay is dirty, basically thin mattresses covered in bugs on the ground. It is not a good place to learn about permaculture, as it probably used to be. But now, the owner doesn't care. Instead you will chop wood, or clean bottles. The food you eat may be from the supermarket and not from the farm. It is not an organic farm. At least not anymore.
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Reading the other reviewers I can see where they are coming from but it just isn't our experience with Ginger's Paradise and Chris. We still look back to it as being one of the highlights of our journey across Bolivia. The accommodation is basic and yes, feels quite abandoned, but the location is great and Chris is just such a nice guy. We helped out in the garden, swam in the river for a little break and helped him cook his delicious organic meals. We learned about beekeeping, brewing incredible beers, and at night he amazed us with his guitar play. It's rather sad to see the state it's in today. Only a few years ago he lived there full time and the farm was larger even including live stock. With the decline in tourism in the area and fewer visits to this magical place it's simply not possible to stay there full time at this time. So please people, if you're reading this and willing to help and learn, go and pay a visit to Ginger's Paradise when you're in the area. You won't regret it. Try to come in the weekends when Chris is there too. We stayed there for 3 days.
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Si le site est effectivement attractif, l'état des lieux est, au mieux à l'abandon, au pire, insalubre. Nous avons eu droit à de la nourriture made in Santa Cruz, quoique bien préparé.....par une bénévole. Les propriétaires ne sont de fait, plus sur place. Il y a des détritus partout. Et les aménagements à base de pneu de camions semblent peu écologiques​. En bref, ne vous laissez pas influencer par le site internet, qui reflète une réalité passée et désormais éteinte... c'est regrettable car il y a un vrai potentiel.
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So this place is very beautiful, part of the reason for that is that it's pretty much abandoned, which is fine but not for the price, which is the most expensive I've paid in Bolivia. The website gives the impression it's still running so even though I got no response to my emails enquiring after availability, I took the bus there from samaipata. By the time I arrived it was dark which was a mistake because it took me an hour of wandering around in the wilderness to find the place. When I arrived i was told that the owner visits maybe once a week as he has businesses elsewhere and one of the guests (3 other people there) had been left alone in isolation for 8 days before any other guest arrived. The house where the guests stay is dirty, basically thin mattresses covered in bugs on the ground. All this I could get over - youre there for a new experience- but I had come as I wanted to volunteer, to learn about permaculture, how they make their food etc, but there was no opportunity for this unless the one guest who had met the owner and who had been given one day's training in basically just how to water plants, clean out bottles and chop wood was going to teach me. On my last day a French couple arrived who had called the owner and argued for someone be there and he sent his friend instead who arrived and cooked us 3 delicious meals (although from food which she had bought in the town, not food from the farm which is prob because the food on offer in the farm is only dried grains, potatoes, rotten tomatoes and ginger) I had planned to stay 10 days and left instead after 3 as I realised I would be expected to pay 120 bolivianos a night for this place when none of what was advertised was actually on offer. All that being said, even though it's basically a dirty abandoned house, it is in the extremely beautiful countryside- huge butterflies, birds are all around you. The owners just need to either redo the website to reflect the new experience and 1/3 the price, or actually employ someone to be there more frequently to give you the experience advertised. It's not really fair or honest otherwise.
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