The Garden of Native Plants
From the very beginning, Ecolodge La Estancia has had as its main premise the respect and rescue of the cultural, social and environmental values of its location. In order not to generate an aesthetic invasion, not only have the cottages been built with local materials, thus conserving the architectural values of the area, but also central to the construction process has been the rescue of the takanas (cultivation terraces). This has allowed the property to enjoy a well-structured garden that is highly appreciated by guests.
The Garden of Native Plants is a project carried out at Ecolodge La Estancia’s gardens which seeks to rescue and revalue local flora and fauna, hence preserving the native habitat. Throughout our garden we take care of several wonderful native plants that have significant medicinal and cultural value. For example, various species of native flora such as Quiswara or Queñua have been propagated throughout the garden, which has been essential for the preservation of the diversity of flora and fauna on the property. An essential aspect of the project is to also plant and harvest native crops such as potatoes, habas and corn. In doing so, the Ecolodge is ensuring the promotion and preservation of local traditions, whilst improving the quality of the harvest by using only organic methods of care.
The garden also features several medicinal herbs such as the native K’hoa, which are harvested daily and offered to our guests upon their arrival for a warm soothing drink. Once guests enter the lobby, they are received by a table full of different herbs that they can experiment with for the first time in their lives. Many of these herbs help reduce the effects of high-altitude sickness, therefore ensuring guests fully enjoy their stay. Many herbs from the garden and from our greenhouse are also used in the kitchen for the preparation of food served at the dining room and for the preparation of cocktails served at the bar.
This initiative’s vision is to have a garden that resembles the original landscape of this sacred island. During their free time, guests can schedule a guided visit for through the garden in order to learn more about the different plants and enjoy a nice walk around the premises.