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Building The Ranch

Ecological Excursions on the Rio Chavon

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Excursions:

Excursions available from Punta Cana, Bayahibe and La Romana; view the excursions here.


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  • river chavon cruise small Tanama Jungle Ranch
    View from the ranch towards the river, before we started rebuilding the ranch.
  • river boat on Chavon river small Destroyed Ranch
    The ranch was destoyed in 2011 by floods of the tropical storm Elise.
  • reception tanama jungle ranch small Rebuilding the ranch
    We decided to create a total new ranch.... to be build from scratch...
  • butterfly garden Tanama small The Reception
    After stripping the existing stucture to the fundaments, we've built it up again.... new roofs, a new viewing platform...
  • hummingbird garden Tanama small Building plans...
    ... in our head... design on the fly..
  • snakes at Tanama small On the right...
    ... the extension with the new bathrooms..
  • snakes at Tanama small The new bar area...
    ... local building techniques are used...
  • snakes at Tanama small All natural materials...

  • snakes at Tanama small The cana roof is ready...
    ... pouring the floors...
  • snakes at Tanama small Floors ready ....
    ... and the central pavilion with new gravel...
  • snakes at Tanama small Roof top terraces... and painting the exterior...

  • snakes at Tanama small Time to redo the entrance....

  • snakes at Tanama small New roof...
    ... and building the stairs...
  • river boat on Chavon river small Finished !!

  • reception tanama jungle ranch small The new reception...
    ...hidden in the jungle...
  • butterfly garden Tanama small And here the butterfly house will be erected

  • hummingbird garden Tanama small Preparing the poles for planting....

  • snakes at Tanama small ...the first row is in....

  • snakes at Tanama small At the same moment installing the drainage.....

  • snakes at Tanama small .... lots of drainage.....

  • snakes at Tanama small A view from the platform.....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... stitching 2000 m2 (16.000 ft2) netting together...

  • snakes at Tanama small ..and installing 3 kilometer (2 miles) of cable.....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... finally the roof goes up....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... the first butterfly house getting its shape...

  • hummingbird garden Tanama small Building walls of natural sandstone.... a real life size jigsaw puzzle.....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... a span of 500m2 (4500 ft2) without poles in the center.... due to the 'suspended bridge method'...

  • snakes at Tanama small ... Installing the side netting and hauling 200 tons of medium into the structure

  • snakes at Tanama small Building the paths and the beddings....

  • snakes at Tanama small Installing the irrigation system and covering the medium with woodchips...

  • snakes at Tanama small Meanwhile: the nursery.....

  • snakes at Tanama small Growing thousands of trees and scrubs...

  • snakes at Tanama small And at home: breeding the butterflies.....

  • snakes at Tanama small On the first 'winterday': ready for planting the bedding....

  • snakes at Tanama small Trying to create a tropical feeling....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... playing with shapes and colors...

  • snakes at Tanama small ... next bedding....

  • snakes at Tanama small ...some more color....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... and some different shapes....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... Cana palm....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... getting company....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... driftwood feature...

  • snakes at Tanama small .... drifwood weighted 1 ton and was collected on the beach of Bayahibe....

  • snakes at Tanama small .. odd shaped feature....

  • snakes at Tanama small .... bringing in some color....

  • snakes at Tanama small .. filling up...

  • snakes at Tanama small .. more tropical plants...

  • snakes at Tanama small Next project.....

  • snakes at Tanama small building an artificial rock

  • snakes at Tanama small ... reinforced chickenwire frame....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... burlock dripped in cement mixture....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... installed on to the frame....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... finished rock....

  • snakes at Tanama small ... tropical corner...

  • snakes at Tanama small ... large leaves...

  • snakes at Tanama small ... overview Jan, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... status April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Butterfly Garden - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Butterfly Garden - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Butterfly Garden - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Butterfly Garden - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Butterfly Garden - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Butterfly Garden - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Butterfly Garden - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Butterfly Garden - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Caterpillar Nursery - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Caterpillar Nursery - April, 2013....

  • mariposario-april small ... Caterpillar Nursery - April, 2013....

  • hummingbirds-april ... Hummingbird - pavilion - April, 2013....

  • hummingbirds-april small ... Hummingbird - pavilion - April, 2013....

  • hummingbirds-april small ... Hummingbird - pavilion - April, 2013....

  • jungle trail-april small ... Jungle Trail - April, 2013....

  • jungle trail-april small ... Jungle Trail - April, 2013....

  • jungle trail-april small ... Jungle Trail - April, 2013....

  • jungle trail-april small ... Jungle Trail - April, 2013....

  • jungle trail-april small ... Jungle Trail - April, 2013....

  • jungle trail-april small ... Jungle Trail - April, 2013....

  • jungle trail-april small ... Jungle Trail - April, 2013....

  • jungle trail-april small ... Jungle Trail - April, 2013....

  • reptiles-april small ... Reptiles - April, 2013....

  • reptiles-april small ... Reptiles - April, 2013....

  • reptiles-april small ... Reptiles - April, 2013....

  • reptiles-april small ... Reptiles - April, 2013....

  • reptiles-april small ... Reptiles - April, 2013....

  • reptiles-april small ... Reptiles - April, 2013....

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Building the Tanama Jungle Ranch

Here we have a slideshow of the creation of the Tanama Jungle Ranch. The building started half June 2012 and phase one was completed around Jan 15, 2013.....