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Power to Verana

Here is an interesting little story about how fun it can be to have a hotel in the middle of the jungle – only reachable by boat. At Verana, we started out with solar energy since it made sense – in the beginning. There was no power in the village of Yelapa. The power came to Yelapa a few years later, and Verana had grown to a size where solar power was a very expensive option: pool pump, on-demand water heaters, several gas freezers and gas refrigerators.

So we decided to run a power line from the village to Verana, and that was fairly straightforward. We exchanged all propane-run equipment with electric and were very happy not to have to schlepp gas bottle after gas bottle up the hill.

But then came the big surprise. For unknown reasons, the power started going off. First for an hour a day, then four hours in the morning, then all night, and at some point for four or five days in a row. This was close to a disaster; no refrigeration means rotten food, no pool cleaning means a green pool, no music, no ice and no hot water.

Going back to solar wasn't an option. A backup generator was. After some research we found the correct size and model – the Kohler 30RYG. We ordered it from Kohler in Michigan and got it delivered first to Mexico City. Then it was reloaded and transported to Puerto Vallarta and brought to Boca de Tomatlan where our boat was waiting.

Its total weight was 575 kg or 1150 lbs. We had discussed several options of how to bring this 'monster' across the bay with the boat, and up the hill to Verana. Helicopter? Grade a road for a bobcat and have it tied to the bucket? In the end, the locals won. As on so many previous occasions, they insisted on manpower. Forget the high-tech gringos with their ideas. Let us take care of it. And once again, four hours later, it was done. Enjoy the pictures.

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