La Joya Del Sol

  • Org Organization
  • Vegan
    ( 2 reviews )

Raw food permaculture community and retreat located between San Isidro and Dominical in the mountains, dirt road off the track. Has an organic farm and very basic facilities. One could stay as a guest and help in the kitchen, or do the internship program for a fee plus 6-8 working hours per day. Owner Eric is a raw food chef.

2 Reviews

First Review by springhuepfer

Heavenly Hell. - Edit

The land is beautiful.
People should ask around in the community before staying on this farm.
The kitchen is filthy. No soap is used to clean the dishes, and bugs are in the racks where dishes dry.
Black mold is prevalent in all tents, and the pillows are covered with them.
I was on the property for a lengthy stay and never saw blankets, used by guests, washed.
The toilets are compost, which isn't a big deal, but there is a skunk that visits one regularly, so please be aware.
The food is substandard. Eric claims to have written a book, but he makes the same dish regularly, so don't expect a well rounded menu if you intend on staying more than a few days. He will also try to upsell everything the second you enter his farm. One, notably, his book, which I have tried and many of the recipes don't work.
The conversation at meals was disturbing. Themes include racists dialog about world affairs and Aliens, Giants, and how food (particularly olive oil and Himalayan Salt) are conspiracies by the Mafia and a man he met once.
Please, please ask around in the Tinamastes Feria, or around in the Diamante Valley before you stay on this farm. You will see that my claims are backed up with many stories that are very disturbing.

Pros: Beautiful land., Beautiful waterfalls., Organic food.

Cons: Filthy kitchen, Filthy sanitation, Proprietor has a community reputation. Ask around.

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Natural place with fantastic waterfall experience - Edit

This is a magical great place. It's good to connect to mother nature and to explore waterfalls and tropical fruits. If you work with Eric or plan to stay for a longer period I highly suggest to get to know Eric first. He is very knowledgeable and you can learn a lot but he is also very specific in his way of realising things and communicating. Accommodation is in tents. The community basically consists of one person (Eric the founder) and sometimes there are helpers or visitors coming and staying for the day, a few nights or some weeks.

Pros: surrounded by nature, education on raw food, pure vegan organic food

Cons: communication can be difficult, tents are not in best condition

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