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Ginger's Paradise

Beautiful Day!

sunny 80 °F


Another adventure today! Melissa and I decided to head up to Ginger’s Paradise for a day outing. We had gone there 6 months ago, and loved the beauty and yummy organic food, so we thought it would be a nice relaxing day.


We caught a taxi to Samaipata and hopped off about an hour before the city, in what seemed like the middle of nowhere. There is a really cool wooden bridge across the river that you walk on. Chris and his wife Luna, and 4 kids live there and run a type of Bed and Breakfast. They live off the land, for the most part. They have guests from around the world come and stay with them. No flush toilets here. Electricity, but used very little. They own a lot of land and grow tons of food like corn, rice, bananas, avocados, herbs, oranges, squash, and more. The walk to their house takes about 10 minutes with stunning scenery to view. (I suppose in the old days they would be called Hippies)

When we got there Chris was chopping up some cactus to dry for a client. He asked right away if we were interested in having a hallucination with the cactus. We declined. He explained how wonderful it was and how it opens up new insights. Ha!
He took us out to the “garden” to pick things for dinner. We spent an hour walking around seeing and picking dinner. An empty backpack became over 30 pounds of food. I hate ants, by the way! I stepped in another patch…and got bit again. The last time it got all infected, so hopefully this time I’ll be okay.

We came back and helped fix dinner, which consisted of pizza with everything (except for the monzerlla cheese, they do make cheese, but not that kind) from their organic garden, and a big green salad with edible flowers to make it look pretty. A cookie cake for dessert.
They do have running water in the kitchen, along with a wood stove, and ants crawling the walls.

While it was cooking we headed down to the river to swim. The current was pretty strong, but it was refreshing. There were huge beautiful butterflies and we even saw a monkey in the trees.

Back to the house for dinner. And it was yummy. There was also drinks made of fruit, and some guests had brought wine because it was Chris’ birthday. Everyone pitches in to help, and we eat outside. There were 25 coming for dinner that night.

Chris called Samaipata for us and we headed out to wait for the taxi. Perfect timing and just after we crossed the bridge it came for us. We wanted to be home by dark, but didn’t quite make it.

The ride is in a van with 9 people and crazy taxi drivers trying to pass everyone on curvy scary roads with huge trucks, motorcycles, cows, dogs, people. Sometimes we could just not look. Just as we were getting close to our stop something happened to the van and steam started coming out of the front hood. But we made it back to Santa Cruz! We were standing on the side of the road deciding whether to catch another cab home or walk when we looked down and here was this baby laying in a blanket on the ground with no one around. But then we saw the mom a little ways away. She was selling water and snack to the cars driving by. Crazy! Anyone could have picked that baby up and carried it away.

Another adventurous day in Bolivia. Never a dull day! What a beautiful world!

Posted by dianeski4 18:22 Archived in Bolivia

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