Seven years ago an introverted but strong nomadic woman named Libertad (Freedom) settled down to build her own place on the shores of Bolivia's sacred Lake Titicaca. Located on a steep plot of land in Copacabana, Kasa Cultural Sol y Luna offers affordable accommodation in addition to opportunities to learn and experiment with gardening and other aspects of green living. The hostel features a dry toilet, a greenhouse constructed with plastic bottles, an organic vegetable patch, a rainwater collection system and solar water heater, homemade vegan food and even its own pebbled beach overlooking Isla del Sol.
'Hermana Libertad' keeps herself busy with the hostel, giving offerings to the lake and empowering local women in what continues to be a 'macho' society.
Her eco-friendly hostel opened up as a cultural center but it now offers affordable accommodation at just US$ 2.50 a night.
Overlooking the sacred Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol, the hostel is 20 minutes walk from Copacabana's town center along the shore.
Featuring a vegetable garden and hammocks overlooking the lake, the hostel is the perfect spot for getting away from it all.
The rooms are comfortable and have a lovely scent, thanks to the Eucalyptus seeds' threaded curtains and the dry branches Libertad leaves underneath each bed.
Within the stepped gardens there is a greenhouse made with plastic bottle walls that lets plenty of sunshine in.
Flourishing herbs and vegetables grow happily inside, and are used by Libertad to cook deliciously healthy vegan meals.
We're a bit concerned about the effect of sun on the plastic bottles, but the veggies seem to thrive in this environment.
At Copacabana's Kasa Cultural Sol y Luna nothing goes to waste. There is a rainwater collection system for watering the plants and flushing the toilets.
The guests' rough and ready kitchen has a table for eating al-fresco, a mud oven, a compost heap, a dog and his friend the goose.
On one corner of the garden sits a handmade dry toilet crafted by a volunteer guest.
Its walls are made from mud and glass bottles, the roof from plastic bottles, the steps from old tires and the door is comprised of a colorful 'aguayo'.
Created for experimenting, living and learning, the hostel inspires everyone to look after Pachamama.
The sun sets on Kasa Cultural