It has been exactly 365 days since I stayed in a pretty magical place on the Earth. More precisely, in Cha’llapampa, located in the less touristy, northern part of Isla del Sol in Bolivia. Place you would never find (hopefully) in your guide, when doing big loop or small loop through South America… And you definitely wanna stay there! And simply BE… Today seems like a good day to share this tip 🙂
That place! Casa de Alfonso. Lo de Don Alfonso. Refugio de Wiracocha. Whichever form you choose and ask locals, they will guide you there.
Touristy unspoiled place with own rhythm. Place almost on the ridge of mountains, with scenic views to the Lake Titicaca and breathtaking Bolivian Andes. For lovely 20 BOB per night (less than 3€) for your private cozy room/house!
Heaven on Earth if you like simple life. If you want unforgettable local experience. Cultural and social exchange. Or if you want to disconnect from online reality (as there’s no wifi in the whole northern part). To have time for yourself. Or a break from your vacations?
If you want to watch the sunset above Inca ruins. Or better sunrise above mountains 6000m high? To smell fresh, thin air (as there are no cars on the island) and listen to the silence. To watch 1 million stars above you.
Or just chill, be, get inspired, hang out and share your time with other cool people, such as other alternative travelers and nomads, overstaying artists or owner family Choque Ticona (all born in Isla del Sol) … Maybe to learn something new? Experience is awaiting there to be created. Have a look.
I stayed in Casa de Alfonso 3 days and I loved it! Those days are definitely one of the highlights of my Southern America travel. I can imagine that If I hadn’t had to catch my plane plane from La Paz to Buenos Aires, and a day later back to Europe, I would have stayed there much longer. In this place things made perfect sense. Why you can experience essence of the place only if you stay with locals. Why less means more. Why it is important to stop for a while and enjoy the energy and uniqueness of the place.
Discovering Bolivia? Don’t miss Casa de Alfonso. Give yourself time to stop there for a while. And see what it will bring!
Explore. Dream. Discover.
Imagine a place
… where you can live simple life
… where everything is built by human hands, with love and care
… which has own food resources and supports neighborly exchanges
… where sustainable way of living is followed
… where you have all time for yourself you’ve ever wanted and yet you are not wasting it
… where is so easy to connect with nature and yourself
… where art, inspiration, respect and peace are in the air
… where you work within international people with similar mindset, for well-being of others, making a change for future.
… where things makes sense.
Welcome to The Art Organic Ranch!
2 weeks in The Art Organic Ranch was another beautiful, already third experience within my Workaway volunteering. Zsuzsi (Hungarian-Romanian) and Roger (American-Mexican) are really inspiring, lovely couple. The way how they care about everything, how they’ve created their home in ranch, what values they respect and the way how they open doors for strangers as me and welcome them to share this way of life with them, it is impressive!
Why I enjoyed it so much? Imagine also …
… to wake up fresh in the morning and see mountains
… to feel the fresh breeze
… to share a good local breakfast everyday (fresh cow milk, zakuska, home made butter, jam)
… to try all Zsuzsi’s delicious cooking and baking masterpieces
… to eat outside on the sun, sitting anywhere on the grass
… to do simple garden or other outdoor work, that will later bring fruits
… to learn tricks for planting veggies and cooking delicious stuff
… to see personal contribution into a growth of the place
… to be happy for a shower, consist of warm bucket of water
… to have long evenings for books, movies, talks, diary, guitar
… to wander around the hills of Apuseni mountains with clear mind
… to experience real local Romanian village-life style
… to enjoy simplicity of life and have fun
… to let your imagination go and dream big
… and much more, what is better to experience on your own : )
Never heard about Workaway possibilities and thinking about experiencing it?
Workaway works on base of cultural/volunteer exchange. For few hours per day (average 5 hours) of fair volunteering work most of the hosts offer food an accommodation in exchange. It is a perfect chance how to get familiar with local communities, immerse into culture and language, meet interesting likewise mindset people… Or just when travelling on budget, make a fulfilling stop in an interesting place. There are so many amazing projects, places, people and possibilities… Definitely recommendable! 🙂