On April 16 the coast of Ecuador suffered a devastating 7.8 earthquake. Rio Muchacho Organic farm also suffered damage and is presently undergoing repairs, however we are actively receiving visitors for various courses, 1- 3 day tours and of course our self-guided option. The farm has been preparing for one and a half years to open as an Eco-farm Park and this project was largely unaffected by the earthquake.
Interestingly the Ministry of Tourism is encouraging visits to affected areas to reactivate the local economy, they call it solidarity tourism. If you were planning to visit our farm in the next few months, we encourage you to still do so, your visit is a way of helping. You will undoubtedly see repair work in progress but the spirit of solidarity and renewal has brought skilled Ecuadorian and foreign volunteers creating a rich, “festive” atmosphere to the farm.
Rio Muchacho has felt a surge of energy during the months that followed the earthquake. After clearing fallen buildings and picking up the pieces with the help of our wonderful international volunteers and workers from the community, we are once again turning to farm production, community projects and other opportunities to grow and cultivate. This month, we are looking forward to hosting a number of groups that are helping us move towards new goals, including building resilient bamboo structures, stimulating the community and transforming Rio Muchacho into an ecological park. Rio Muchacho’s eco-park, or in Spanish, parque ecologico, will place a focus on inviting both international and local families to marvel at the biodiversity that is so unique in the hills of coastal Ecuador.
Please see our courses page for more information about upcoming workshops.
We hope to see you at the farm!
If you would like to donate to help the farm recover, please do internationally here, or within Ecuador with these details:
Banco Pichincha Ahorros
Name NICOLA RUTH MEARS
Rio Muchacho Organic Farm and Eco-lodge offers a unique and ecologicially friendly haven for guests to stay, relax, and explore. Our bungalow-style accommodation was constructed entirely from local materials, and we try to prepare all our meals using fresh fruits and vegetables harvested from our own grounds. Unwind in our Meditation Garden, spend time investigating the farm's abundance of plant and animal life, or choose from an array of guided tours.
Experience coastal Ecuador in a tranquil setting far removed from the typical tourist track. Harvest fresh organic ingredients and prepare a traditional tonga lunch. Horseback ride to a monkey forest, then make your own chocolate. Learn about acroecology and permaculture, then contemplate sustainable living while enjoying a medicinal clay face mask. We offer both guided and self guided activities for our day visitors, as well as mutli-day cultural and adventure packages.
Gain hands on experience in organic farming and permaculture practices in our volunteer program. Learn about seed saving, compost making, planting, harvesting, and much more! We welcome volunteers from all walks of life and with varying levels of experience. For a taste of life on the farm, check out our volunteer blog.
Take your pick from one of our many courses and events! Immerse yourself in learning about sustainable agriculture and permaculture, take a weekend course in vegetarian cooking, or enjoy a yoga retreat in a peaceful setting inspired by Nature. We offer day, weekend, week long, and month long courses. For a list of upcoming courses and events click here.
“We wanted to visit a local family and sample typical food, but we got much more. Experiences like this help us evolve from tourists into like-minded people”
- Nic Pilbrow, New Zealand