Volunteers will be met at the San Cristobal Airport or dock if they arrive via passenger boat and be transported to the Hacienda, located in the highland town of Soledad. The area is very rural and as such, volunteers will enjoy a break from the loud city noises that they more than likely experienced while entering via Guayaquil or Quito. Volunteers should expect to sleep undisturbed, minus the occasional chicken or donkey.
Soledad consists of approximately 10 houses. There is a small school and field for playing soccer, volleyball or basketball, but no major conveniences. If desired, cell phones can be bought in the mainland to make local or long distance calls. They can also be bought at the Port, but for roughly double the price. While staying at the hacienda, calls can be made for you to arrange taxi pickups.
The nearest town, El Progresso, is a long walk or quick taxi ride. It is equipped with free wireless but does not have any internet cafes. It also has small grocery stores where snacks can be bought.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is the major port that you will arrive in by land or air, and is equipped with most modern conveniences (restaurants, hospital, pharmacy, atm, bank, Western Union, internet cafes, tour agencies and bars). Because of the cost of shipping goods, expect higher prices than you would experience in the mainland. It typically costs $4-$5 for a taxi between Soledad and the Port.