Eco Truly Park

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Chacra y Mar, Peru

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Eco Truly Park Chacra y Mar Reviews

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Eco Truly Park – Ecological Farming/Hare Krishna Temple Jun 05, 2016
It is not too hard to reach this place, and I did it with Z-Buss Company from Lima and short cab ride. You are exiting on the road in the place called Chacra y Mar. To get here from Lima costs only 7 soles and cab is the same price. Prices for accommodation and food come to around 80 – 100 soles per person if you do not want to “volunteer” for your food and work 4h per day. I was not into pooling weed from the garden and happily paid additional 28 soles for three fantastic meals per day.

Before I describe this place, you must know that behind the ECO park stands network of Hare Krishna organization and that you might be a bit uncomfortable with their questions about what you believe in and why don’t you come to their temple and chant and sing with the rest of “volunteers”. I don’t think that is the fair recruiting especially being hidden under yoga, ecology and sustainable living. I also find rude their questions about why I am here… which I was asked repeatedly, probably because they did not want me around after I refused to join their chants.

I definitely thing that if you are coming to this place during very slow season (only few visiting people and rest were devotees, beginning of June) you are going to get the similar result with the similar experience and feeling. Also in June, weather is COLD and fog is overwhelming most of the day and night. During the December and January, this place swells with hoards of people and there are many nice things to see, experience and enjoy in. I did not mention that they are right on the beach and that 150m of sand is all that divides you from the Pacific ocean (beach is very dirty and few little streams bring questionable waters to the ocean. On the compound they also have large area for concerts with the stage, very nice kid’s park and large yoga studio or building dedicated to yoga.

Firstly, Eco Truly is experimental and working farm that is producing good veggies. I don’t think that they can be considered fully organic because their neighbors use everything and anything, and it is not easy to get right seeds in Peru (surprisingly enough they are complaining about that) but they do not use fertilizers aside of their compost and cow/sheep dung. Food is totally fantastic and I probably stayed full two days solely because of it… They also make sweet cookies that are only 1s each…

Secondly, adobe architecture is stunning and beautiful. This was the pilot program for the whole organization and they have buildings that started it all 25 years ago and they are still in very good shape. They even decided to start the university and to build it in the same way with adobe. That university is going to teach sustainable living and indigenous building techniques.

Beds are too soft for my taste, but that is fine. Security is very good and they have night guard. Lots of dogs, probably 6-7, one bull and one sheep, and few birds in the large cage. There is no drinking water aside of one questionable filter and whatever they give you during the meals (which is some drink they call coffee or chamomile tea) so better buy some water before coming here. There are activities you can join such as morning yoga or some art project that they have.

They do have internet and you can catch Wi-Fi at their office. Bathrooms are outside of the rooms and they are nice and clean. There is no hot water and toilets are ecological, which means that you put saw dust on the top of your poop instead of flushing it. Around the office there is always one guy, probably the higher ranking devotee, strange character, always looking under the eye and sneaking around like he has to control everything. You’ll recognize him easily because he is the only one with fully shaved head (small tail of hair is a must) and he runs the cloth thing around himself. By the way, place is run by “mothers” group of ladies that are ordering what needs to be done. You need to ask for permission for lots of things, so don’t think that this is your regular hotel, hostel, camp or guest house.
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