Wednesday, May 07, 2008

More Roca Milagro

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Construction methods in Panama seem primitive compared to what I am used to in Canada. The finished product, whether house or warehouse, usually looks just fine, but the steps getting there are certainly not what I am used to. In the top photo, a workman constructs one of the pillars that will become part of the entrance gate to our Roca Milagro site. The structure will be massive, with a 20 X 20 foot space to drive vehicles as large as cement trucks through and will be surrounded with our ubiquitous rock walls containing shrubs and flowers. It will be topped with an elegant wooden cap made of Nispero, a strong and durable wood harvested in Panama.

The bottom photo shows a road bed taking shape inside the development, heading into the site towards the Rio David and spectacular views of Volcan Baru. The cloud cover in the photograph obscures the views but is in itself very pretty.

We are considering building a pyramid on our site of the variety common to Central and South America, but of course much smaller, say 10 X 10 meters at the base and with about the same height. There would be an observation deck at the top. If anyone knows anything about such structures that might be helpful to us, please let me know.


  1. I am so glad that you have reappeared - I was beginning to worry.

    It must be a GREAT relief to see the massive wheels of progress finally begin to overcome inertia. You are on a roll now - yeow!

    The wall is absolutely stunning and the prospect of a step pyramid is awesome. I will keep a look out for any pyramid builders who cross my path ... you just never know. I might even run into the field archaeologist out here who plans to retire well south and pursue his real passion; the meso-american cultures. He just might know someone who can offer you advice.

    What were the chances; you just missed my new post by a mere half hour.

  2. Thanks, Lin. I spent some time today catching up on your posts too.

  3. These photos are great. Thanks for sharing this amazing process.