in "Quechua" language"The House of Birds"
A rescued forest!!!
area formed by the valleys of Quinara, Vilcabamba and Malacatos used to be
called the ¨Sacred Valley of Vilcabamba¨ by the ancient inhabitants of this region. From the
center of Malacatos valley rises a mountain which contains a virgin native wood
of “Faique”, representative tree of this area. This wood is
refuge of a large variety of local birds who nest here. Is it possible that
their choice of habitat is influenced by the amazing views of the valley and the
magnificent surrounding mountains where each sunset is a new life experience?
In keeping with our concern for the preservation of our planet,
we decided to
2- Our idealistic Project:
6. Our access roads (shown in reddish brown) have been named after local birds, "Via Rondador" down the forest, "Via Piculay" in the middle and "Via Suxos" to the south. The park is designed with a main entrance to the forest (shown in purple), hiking trails in the woods and topographically divided lots designated by numbers.
7. The land is supplied with a water canal on the middle road and you can also apply for a Malacatos Community City water. Each land owner has to connect the water to their lot. Electricity could be alternative such as solar, hydraulic, eolic or any other kind of energy.
8. Pisco Huasi is located 1,86 miles (3 kms) from the Malacatos – Loja asphalt road and 5 minutes from the town of Malacatos where there is a market each Sunday with a variety of organic products. The town also has hardware stores, pharmacies and other shops. This promising town is next to the valley of Vilcabamba, famous for the large number of foreigners who have already settled there.
10. Propvil, with our notaries and lawyers, can assist you in all matters relating to the purchase of your land, as well as obtaining visas. Our architects, building constructors and designers will help you in the construction of your ideal natural home…and, of course, with everything related to your ecological interests. To this goal we recommend an architecture adapted to the environment with natural designs, green fences, alternative sources of energy, underground piped water, organic gardening, recycling treatment of biodegradable waste and any other ideas that could contribute to the community and the spirit of the place.
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people are looking for a different and alternative lifestyle from the one offered by the
standards of current Western society.
In the developed countries, such as the US and most European nations, projects known as “Gated Communities” or some similar name
have been developed to deal with an external society full of problems associated with the notion and practicalities of sharing.
The seclusion of such communities from the outside world may be based on the pursuit of altruistic ideals,
as so-called "Intentional Communities” for example. This seclusion may also, however, be sought by speculative refugees
clinging to their attachments and motivated by a sense of need for security and protection based
on materialism and fear, rather than any altruistic ideals. Western countries are able to tolerate these alternative communities,
the most apparently idealistic of which can sometimes eventually turn into a threat to the system itself,
through reliance on their strong, well organized police structures capable of containing extreme actions.
important to appreciate that countries with powerful economies used to be mainly
the ones with cold weather,
where the historical struggle with nature has accustomed the people to a relentlessly fast pace of life
and all its consequences. Now consider what happens when we emigrate to the so-called third world countries
where the climate is more generous and where, as a result of the wildness, space, benefits of nature,
and above all strong community traditions, policing systems are more relaxed and tranquil.
In Ecuador, rural areas still have a well
organized structure based on the principles
of "good neighbors and kindness", land owners are always ready to help their neighbors
treating each other with respect and generosity in recognition of the reality of the mutual interdependence.
With extensive knowledge of local conditions, traditions,
practices, and attitudes, we think that the closed or
gated communities in Ecuador are unsafe nowadays, especially if it shelters a foreign mono-culture
finding common ground in discriminatory fear of the social-economic environment that
not only uses a foreign language, but also has a Latin American perception of exploitation,
aggression and lack of compassion. Such circumstances can easily give rise to fears in the local population,
in due course attracting attention of the underprivileged who, in their hopelessness,
can take advantage of the soft police system (no need to be strong).
OPEN YOUR EYES!
For us, as
foreigners , the ideal proposal is for an open community or a non gated
to be integrated into the local culture as a surer way of promoting a future of harmonious and peaceful co-existence.
Neighbors of different nations and cultures can live in peace and safety within a structure where
a public space - in this case, the natural park within Pisco Huasi- is shared and held open to the wider community,
so encouraging an exchange of languages and ideals. Moreover, an Intentional Community inhabited
mostly by foreigners can be accepted and even welcomed only if it does not provoke envy,
and as long as it integrates into the local community in a truly socio-ecological cooperation.