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Poustinia Land Art Park
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2014

Tired of seeing just another Maya temple, Waterfall or Cave?
Interested in creative work and ideas? You enjoy to be out of the beaten path of tourists and discover a lot of different sculputres within the jungle?
Than this is the place to go for you - it's really worth the way and entrance fee!
However make sure the House of Culture in Benque is open and leads you the way (or phone them in advance). It's not easy to find the entrance on your own.
Bring water and snacks and, of course, your camera.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Caroline3Hamburg
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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134 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Environmental Art in Benque”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Poustinia is an environmental art park situated a few miles from the Belize-Guatemala border in Benque Viejo del Carman Belize. There are dozens of in situ ‘earthworks’ scattered over acres and acres of rough terrain and jungle.
Poustinia is art with an Indiana Jones wilderness spin. It is about trekking through the bush, busting a gut trudging up steep hills and temple mounds, interacting up close and personal with the environment including all sorts of blood-sucking insects, venomous snakes and other indigenous critters and getting dirty, sweaty and smelly. Poustinia is not about powdered and dolled up rich dudes sipping white wine and oohing and ahhing over spruced up emotionalism. The Poustinia art experience is physical, visceral and exhausting.
Poustinia harks back to non-western ideas about the nature of art. The grueling physical aspect is similar to the “walk-about” rites of passage the Australian Aborigine youths go through to achieve their ‘stripes’ of adulthood. The non-discrete object aspect is similar to the in situ tribal art of Sub-Saharan Africa. The wilderness, Mayan temple context imbues the place with a religiosity that also harks back to non-Euro, non-western ideas about what constitutes an art experience.
For those that want an entirely different art experience Poustinia is a must see.

Visited June 2013
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“An unusual artful suprise”
Reviewed 26 October 2011

Poustinia is very unassuming as you enter into the parking area and even though it was well described to us, we were not prepared for how diverse the art and the park would be. As we walked through the trails we were delighted at each turn by the insight and ingenuity of some of the sculptures and exhibits. Each piece incorporated into the natural environment surrounding it and making a statement of many different issues within Belize and around the world. We really enjoyed it, along with the "nature hike."

Visited June 2011
Thank alanadayne
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San Ignacio, Belize
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“Funky and different.”
Reviewed 2 May 2011

Poustinia is a very interesting art park a few miles south of Benque. Some of the 'exhibits' are quite weird, and would definitely fall under 'modern art' only. It made for a good half day excursion with the parents, who are definitely more into art than myself.

Logistics for touring Poustinia are a little difficult, but doable. You'll need to go to the Benque House of Culture, which isn't too hard to find. They can be reached at 823 2697 for directions, and are located at 64 St. Joseph street. Once there, you purchase tickets, which were around $20 per person, and they tell you how to find the park, and give you some maps of the park.

Once at the park, you park the car, and walk around the immense acreage to see all the exhibits. We were allowed to drive the park since we had elderly people with us, and because it was lightly raining. I liked the fact that the park is also an environmental experiment. You'll hike a lot, so you might want to wear hiking shoes, and maybe bring some bug spray just in case, although we didn't find the bugs to be bad.

I myself didn't find the art to be outstanding, but it still was a unique experience, and worth doing once. If you like art, you'll definitely want to check out Poustinia. There are exhibits by international artists there, as well as some local artists, so it's a diverse art park. Here is the link to their website with all the exhibits: http://www.poustiniaonline.org/gallery1.shtml

All in all, I would recommend this to anyone who loves art, and would like to see interesting exhibits in nature, and incorporating nature.

Visited December 2010
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Cascade Foothills, Oregon, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Interesting Concept and Unique Travel Experience.”
Reviewed 15 March 2011

Although their website says that you need advance reservations to visit this park, we wanted to go on Saturday, and the House of Culture, in Benque Viejo was closed. We asked several people, and finally found some young men playing guitar in a small park, who were familiar with Poustinia. They gave us good directions, but they were puzzled as to why anyone would want to go there! We were driving, and had no trouble finding the Land Art Park, 3 miles south of Benque, on a very rough road. The gate to the 32 acre park was open, and we pulled straight into the parking lot. The caretaker appeared at once, and gave us a map, and general directions for enjoying the exhibits. Their website says that they offer a guided tour, but she did not mention that to us. The concept for the park, as well as the artworks, themselves, are very thought-provoking. For us, the experience of walking all alone, through the balmy silence of the Belizian "bush", was worth the price of admission. The environmental themed artworks, placed in their natural settings are unlike anything I have ever seen. I think this concept could be used very well in my own rural area, or anywhere with eco-artists and vacant property! I think this would even work in an urban setting, if you had un-used open space, but the incredible beauty of the Cayo District of Belize, is the perfect location for this park. If you are an artist, and you would like to spend a week or two camping in the Belize outback while creating an environmentally themed installation, you should seek out more information about Poustina Land Art Park. If you are traveling in Cayo, and want to do something completely different, without other toursits, you should check out this attraction. Poustinia Land Art Park is unlike anything else you will see in Belize, or anywhere!

Visited January 2011
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