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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A BIG UPS to the volunteers that have been so awesome and integral in the work that Hacienda Tranquila does. Hacienda Tranquila is dependent on its volunteers to do the important conservation and community development work that is its mission. We could not do it without you!
Here are a few of the comments that volunteers have left us:
3 May 2010
Thank you so much for an amazing experience. I learned so much here and from the people I met here. This is a truly one of a kind project and I am grateful for that. Keep making a difference
<3 HT Volunteer, USA-------------------------------------------
14 July 2011
Muchas gracias para el tiempo en la Hacienda. Se fue muy rapido y quiero regresar una otra vez...Gracias tambien para todos las frutas para su hospidalidad y para ensenar el trabaja. Aprende mucho aqui y disfrute mis vacaciones.
Muchos abrazos, HT Volunteer, country of origin unknown-------------------------------------------
8 June 2012
Dear Geovanny, Edgar and Carlos!
The last fe weeks have been amazing! I've learnt so much and had so many new experiences which I will remember for the rest of my life. Inseminating cows, hippo therapy, working with machetes, and PIZZA MAKING have all been amazing! What you do hee at the Hacienda is fantastic and I would love to come back here in the future.
I wish you all the best for the future, and thank you so much for this incredible experience here in the Galapagos.
Keep doing what you do best,
Ciao, HT Volunteer, England-------------------------------------------
27 September 2013
Dear Geovanny, dear Carlos!
Thank you so much for everything, we had an absolutely great and unique time here at the Hacienda, probably one of the best of our lives.
We have seen so much and met so many great people, have experienced so many amazing moments. We will always remember this tie and now fur sure will start volunteering also at other places. But this Hacienda will always be special to us and we'll always feel connected to the Galapagos Islands and this project. Thank you for doing this important work with such great passion and for these amazing weeks!
Best wishes for the future, HT Volunteers, Austria-------------------------------------------
26 January, 2014
This place is so great. I've really enjoyed my 4 weeks at the Hacienda Tranquila. Even though the work is hard at times you really feel like you are making a difference.
The people I've met are sooo great.
Hope everyone is going to enjoy there stay here as I did.
HT Volunteer, Denmark/Germany-------------------------------------------
7 February 2014
It has been a great stay here at hacienda Tranquila. We have been very happy to help and meet some nice people. We have seen and learned a lot about Galapagos and we hope that we will come back some day to see how far the progress has gone.
HT Volunteers, Denmark
Monday, April 14, 2014
As is well known, there is an incredible amount of biodiversity present in and around the Galapagos Islands; however, due to the introduction of invasive species, endemic biodiversity has declined immensely. Here on San Cristobal, one of the goals of Hacienda Tranquila is to control invasive species and support endemic species. Volunteers at Hacienda Tranquila have been working hard to do just this in the highlands of San Cristobal, specifically on the plot of land where Hacienda Tranquila is located. It is suffice to say that quite a bit of progress has been made.
Proof of this progress comes in many forms, but one of the most rewarding is when endemic fauna reintroduces itself into the endemic flora. One way that this is occurring is with land snails (caracoles terrestres). Since the volunteers at Hacienda Tranquila have been working to reduce and control invasive species and reintroduce and support endemic species, there has been a large increase of the amount and diversity of land snails that have reappeared on the Hacienda Tranquila property.
A study was conducted to chart this progress and found that six different species of land snails have reintroduced themselves into the now largely endemic environment surrounding Hacienda Tranquila since their volunteers have begun their work. This goes to show just how successful Hacienda Tranquila and its volunteers have been thus far in reaching their goal to revive the native natural environment. A BIG thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped in this endeavor!
A BIG thank you to Martina for facilitating this project!
Friday, November 8, 2013
First we want to let you know that we have had a fantastic year, with 2013 bringing in the most volunteers to date...which means we have gotten a lot accomplished! To start with, the Hacienda is doing great...all of the property is continuously improving. To date, we have 20 cows, 3 bulls, 2 new calves, 6 horses, Ricky (our donkey), some pigs, and more chickens than we can count! Makes for a busy time here while we are not controlling invasives or working in the community.
Our gardens are thriving and we are in the process of expanding our nursery to accommodate more plants....but that's for another blog post.
Volunteers have been working hard and have achieved some amazing results. Over the past year, we have controlled over 12 hectares of invasive plants and planted over 2,000 endemic plants.
We have some great projects that we are working on and want to share with you. Some of these include updates on the water pipeline and related project of a reservoir to hold the water, planting of Bracaria grass, expanding our nursery and garden, future plans for a community center, and a brand new project called BookBus!
Whoa, we have a lot on our plate...but that is because we are serious about making positive impacts here on San Cristobal. We want you to know all of the details and keep you updated as things progress. So check back in with us each week, and be sure to check out our new Facebook page! Tell your friends! We have big plans here on the Hacienda, and whether you are near or far....we want you to be a part of it!
Thanks for your support and....
¡Hasta Luego, Amigos!
Thursday, November 7, 2013