My SachaJi is a pioneer of sustainable architecture in Ecuador

We practise what we teach

One of My SachaJi’s key objectives is to show our guests that it is possible to live in spaces that are both environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing, as well as comfortable and contemporary. Throughout the design and construction process, architect and owner Maria Teresa Ponce focused on creating the least environmental impact possible.

Bricks were made from the earth excavated at the site, used tires below floor slabs were used as thermal and seismic insulation, green roofs were used to reduce CO2 emissions and trap heat inside, a rain re-collection system was created, and for each wooden door, a tree of that same species was planted on site. These are just a few details that make My SachaJi a true homage to nature.

The curved forms in the architecture follow a soothing feng shui principle that states that energy moves in flowing paths. The undulating façades look towards the volcano and lake, and onto the setting sun, bringing warmth into the rooms, and providing a stunning perspective from every angle.

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My SachaJi main entrance
My SachaJi main entrance
My SachaJi main entrance

How we strive to stay in harmony with our surroundings

We work with nature

  • We grow our own organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs in our garden and orchard, served fresh each day in our restaurant
  • We used 2,000 recycled tires in our architecture for thermal and seismic insulation
  • Green roofs help us to blend into our surroundings, and to reduce CO2 emissions. They also make the ideal spot to lie back in a hammock and contemplate the view…
  • Where we can, we use renewable energy and have solar panels installed above the rooms
  • Our heating methods are energy efficient, using a system of wood-burning chimneys to warm rooms
  • Water for showers come from collected rainwater and waterfalls and is heated by the sun

“My SachaJi is a pioneer of sustainable architecture in Ecuador.”

Interview with María Teresa Ponce, by Ana María Durán, architect, researcher, educator and writer,
Harvard Graduate


Feng shui at My SachaJi

Let your energy flow

As well as the rounded or curved constructions encouraging the flow of energy, there are a number of ways in which feng shui is at work at our Otavalo hotel, always operating in harmony with the natural surroundings.

My SachaJi was designed with five core feng shui elements:

  • Fire – the bonfire where we gather at night to listen to folktales
  • Water – the Jacuzzi overlooking the San Pablo where you will find the ying-yang, a symbol that signifies the balance of darkness and light and that can also represent union
  • Earth – the organic vegetable and herb garden is designed in five circles that symbolize the body in tantric numerology
  • Wind – the ribbons tied to trees, dancing in the breeze
  • Mandala – a symbol representing the universe
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From garden to table

Grown with love

Get to know, and love, our organic orchard as an aesthetically thrilling experience, as well as a sustainable source of produce.

The exuberant patch fulfils our garden-to-table philosophy, and allows you to witness life and growth in its most colourful form, as you wander through the meandering paths, inhaling the earthy scents.

Medicinal herbs grow among the vegetables and fruit trees, and our staff can explain what ailments they can treat, and make healing herbal teas.

Strolling between the guest rooms and main house, take in the colours and flowers of our gardens, where local birds and bees come to feed.

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“I have always been interested in Inca architecture and the round forms that developed in Ecuadorian territory. The organic vegetable and fruit garden was designed using five circles, which in numerology refer to the body. Five is also the number used in the proportion of a Doric column.”
Interview with Maria Teresa Ponce, by Architect Ana María Durán, CLAVE magazine