Day Seven - Ometepe
Trip Start Nov 19, 2011
11Trip End Dec 03, 2011
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We're going to chill out a bit around the pool and then take a late afternoon horse ride into the jungle above us.
We took an early morning tour of the farm here. I know I'm going to get things a little confused here... sorry. The premise of this resort is community, responsibility and sustainability. There is a Totoco foundation in the Netherlands that raises money for micro loans for the community here, for schools, for libraries and for other resources for this community. We are off grid... all electricity is harvested from the sun, the toilets are composting so there is no valuable clean water that is getting flushed down the drain. Clean water comes from the mountain above, the rainwater is collected to fill the pool and the grey water (dirty water) is put through a series of natural filtration processes and then used to water the plants during the dry season. They hope to teach the locals the same so that their dirty water does not just run down the sides of the island and into the lake, polluting everything along the way. A lot of our tour was through the farm. It is mostly fruit trees... they have planted all these trees to produce fruit and also because trees are far more sustainable in a hilly area prone to erosion. I know so much is lost in translation but if this farm model works it would be really easy for the locals to implement and would greatly increase their quality of live. All in all... its a beautiful place that gives back to the community far more than it takes from them. Good karma!
One of the owners has a three year old daughter, Istiana, who speaks English so hopefully Taya will have a playmate for a little bit.
Time to lounge around the pool, let the food digest a bit and then hop on the horses.