Desert & Sea Eco-ranch
La Paz, Mexico
Our ranch is a unique place between desert and sea which combines ecotourism, permaculture and 100% renewable energies. Here we would like to create a "showroom" for sustainable living in the desert to show people the beauty and efficiency of living in harmony with nature in this unique environment.
Our stunning ranch is located just about 30 min. from the heart of La Paz, Baja California Sur and only a 20 min ride from the airport. It's built on a hill directly overlooking the beach with an amazing 180° view at the Sea of Cortez on the one side and an awesome 180° view to the "sea" of hundreds of desert cacti on the other side. We are surrounded by a unbelievably rich wildlife with whaleshark and dolphin observation zone directly in front of us and the impressive desert lanscape and fauna just behind us.
Fishermen and ranchos close by provide us with fresh fish, selfmade goat cheese and authentic mexican culture.
We are Marjorie (36) and Jean-Christophe (39), a french couple who has been living
in Baja California Sur since 2006. 3 years ago, we started our eco-project in a wild, pristine
environment between cactus desert and the blue sea. We have been managing a receptive travel agency and offer tours all around the peninsula to travellers who focus on eco friendly tourism. Right now we are constantly working on sustainable development on our ranch.
BREATHTAKING SUNSETS and STARRY DESERT SKIES
2 MIN WALK TO THE BEACH
RELAX in comfortable
EARTH, SEA, AIR
A blend of all the wonders of Rancho Cactimar, right here everything onsite!
Horseback riding, sea kayaking, swimming, walking, relaxing, even paragliding...
MORE TOURS IN BAJA
Create memories of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world. Relax on gorgeous beaches, go kayaking or snorkeling and even try to "kiss" a whale in San Ignacio Lagoon. Spend the night under stary skies, discover local ranchero culture and the beautiful cave paintings of Baja. explore canyons and palm oasis. Try out some kite-surfing in world renowned La Ventana or surfing the Pacific Waves at Cerritos beach or Scorpion bay. And Baja has even more to offer...
For more activities or tours in Beautiful Baja California peninsula
We have 5 beautiful horses to ride right from our ranch. Discover canyons, washes and sand dunes from the back of the most beautiful animal ever!
And of course galop freely at sunset on the beach to feel the warm wind of freedom in your face...
in the desert
One of our biggest goals and challenges is to operate our ranch in an ecologic and sustainable way
We do not use any pesticide or chemical fertilizer for our plants. Our goal is to make our soil richer year after year by creating the natural conditions for our plants to grow. We add our compost to create humus and experiment different permaculture techniques such as "lasagna" and "hugelkultur" and have to adapt it to our harsh and arid environment to prevent evaporation and protect from the desert sun, heat and wind.
We do realise how precious our water is because we barely get one day of rain each year and we need to go 1km away at a well to get our water. this is why we try to get advantage of every drop, starting by using less water having a dry toilet system, or recycling all our grey water for our fruit trees using natural purifying techniques.
A thick layer of mulch is layed to protect our soil from evaporation. we use the sun to heat our showering water and natures´s gravity is used for water pressure.
The intense contact we have here with nature naturally led us to think and live differently and this is why apart from saving water we also get all of our electricity with solar panels, we recycle plastic, aluminium, glass and organic materials. All our floors are made with recycled pallets. We have planted more than 150 native and drought resistant plants and created terraces to stabilize the sandy environment and promote biodiversity. We also do cleaning campaings on the beach and along roads nearby.
HELP US CREATE A SUSTAINABLE ECO RANCH
and maintain and build:
Solar panels & 12v batteries
Solar oven for cooking
Composting human waste, food leftovers, animal wastes
Solar water desalination plant
We believe in our project, work hard for it and are looking for people who have the same mission. So if you would like to support us through knowlegde, workpower or financial funding we are more than happy! We do accept volunteers in exchange of lodging from one to 6 weeks.
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