Not In Your Guidebook: Earthship Lands Besides Lubaantun Maya Site in Southern Belize
Last weekend, on the very last day of the weekend long Belize Chocolate Festival, we took a shuttle bus down the mile long path to the Lubaantun Maya Site in the Toledo District of Belize, the southern most district in Belize. Huge trees and greenery was pretty much all we were seeing until just before the ruins – this sign.
Ummm. Earthship Belize. And the view of an odd adobe-like structure behind some brush. What the heck is that? There is a sign…it must be open to the public. Maybe. Surely there could not be attack dogs. There is a sign!
We kept going (we were on a shuttle bus) but I made note to check this out on our exit…
And I am certainly glad that we circled back because what I found was…well…shocking. Or at the very least very VERY surprising and actually really beautiful. An “Earthship” made of trash and cement that almost looks like a Moorish temple or a home in Morocco or Turkey. Unique for sure.
Here’s the Earthship just feet away from Lubaantun, the 1400 or so year old Maya site. It is called The Chaos Oasis. An oxymoron I think…
Earth Ships are a type of home that was “invented” in the 1970s in the US…homes that collect water, use the sun, are built of trash and recyclables, and as self sufficiently as possible.
I was just struck by the beauty of this building, the artistry and the sheer amount of hands’ on effort it is taking this family and a small group of workers to plan and build it.
The molded tire base.
Not seeing anyone around, we initially wandered beneath this structure and Alisha, the owner, came from next door to VERY GRACIOUSLY show us around. (Rather than shout NO TRESPASSING – which is exactly what we were doing.)
Okay…that’s not the really beautiful part. LOOK AT THE GLASS BOTTLES!
They are not just glass bottles. Each “brick” is two bottles…sawed in half, carefully washed and then the two bottom halves are glued together. To make the brick.
The stars down at the bottom are the bottoms of plastic soda bottles.
These bubbles are just dreamy. Gorgeous.
One who just happens to own an Earthship.
INCREDIBLE. Totally beautiful and completely unexpected. Headed to Lubaantun Maya Site, you run into an Earthship. Certainly something I had never heard of.
It’s the only one in Belize. The official Earthship creator came to Belize to show them how to build it. How to orient it for proper cooling/heating/water collecting…
It is pretty amazing and TOTALLY surprising. Stop in when you are down in Punta Gorda, perhaps you will also be inspired to build one. I was more hoping that an Earthship would land fully formed in San Pedro…on a piece of land that had been magically designated for me…maybe on Northern Ambergris Caye. Aliens…take me to my SanPedroEarthship.
Think of all these bottles sparkling as the sun rises over the ocean. Sigh…