Why Kalu Yala Should Have a Hostel
Read about why Ellie thinks Kalu Yala should have a hostel. As a member of Team Etsy, Ellie has spent the last 2 months researching all things tourism, including a focus on hostels. What she's found is that hostels provide great benefits to the people who frequent them and the community around them. In short, travelers can share stories and experiences as well as give advice, and the community's economy benefits from guests using their services.
Sustainable Living: Cultivating Ideas and Growing Design
Alana reflects on her research and how returning to "building basics" requires an in-depth understanding of our environment to ensure that qualities of life like "water, shelter, waste disposal, and comfort" are kept high priorities.
Indigenous Food Culture in the Now
Anne Walker speaks about her first two months here in Panama in this quick interview about her studies of Panamanian food culture and the history behind it.
Business Model Highlights
To change current development and marketing strategies underlying the real estate development industry, developers must take a Warren Buffet-like approach to value investing. Before you can talk about architecture, you first need to think about the business model that keeps bringing us more and more suburbs and how a new model can gain a competitive advantage even before planning and design begin.
Sarah Tyler Arrives in Panama!
3 Inexpensive Day Trips from Ciudad de Panama
Kimberly reviews 3 inexpensive day trips from Panama City, including Taboga, Gamboa, and Santa Clara Beach. Beaches and mountains- however will we choose?
Tags: beach, bird-watching, bohio, day trip, ferry, Gamboa, Gamboa Resort, Gatun, island, jetski, Kimberly Hall, lake, picnic, Pipeline Road, rainforest, Rainforest Discovery Center, Santa Clara, seabass, Taboga
The Benefits of Tourism
Over the course of the summer, Team Etsy has done a ton of research on tourism, including its economic impact. Read their post on Panama becoming a greater tourist destination, and its continuous need to enhance the tourism industry.
Surfing, Sand and Sun in Costa Rica
A photo journal Ellie and Betsy's weekend trip to Manuel Antonio and Jaco, Costa Rica. The city of Manuel Antonio is in the rainforest and home to some of the world's most exquisite beaches-- and people-- check out out photos as they are sure to make you jealous!
Turtles and Whales and Lobster, Oh My!
Anne Walker and the intern crew take a trip to Panama's Pearl Islands where they see and swim with humpback whales and rescue a tangled sea turtle. Read the story and take a look at Anne Walker's incredible photography of their adventure...
Alana gives a brief history on thatched roofs and the reasoning behind their recent resurgence in building.
Tags: al natural resort, Alana Armstrong, bohio, casa la selv, gloria guinness, interns, Kalu Yala, Kuna Indians, Marco Aldaco, natural building, palapas, palm, thatch, thatched roofs, The Coral Lodge
Plantain Recipes, Part 2
Chef Abraham delights the intern house with a few plantain-inspired Panamanian recipes including roasted garlic & smoked sausage plantain puree with gravy, and Platano en Tentacion (plantain in temptation). Oh the perks of being a Kalu Yala intern!
What We’re Doing at Kalu Yala
Jimmy gives a quick, bulleted outline of what we are currently working on and our timing for design, investment, sales and construction of the world's next great village. Read this if you want a little more of a taste of what we're cooking up down here in Panama.
Tags: agriculture, Architecture, Base Camp, building, construction, design, Engineering, environment, interns, investment, Jimmy Stice, Kalu Yala, Michael Shuman, Moule & Polyzoides, Partners Reserve, real estate, Sustainability, Sustainable Land Planning, topography, tourism, Village Development Company