Botanic or Volunteer Stays at Puyo

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 2 days or more
  • Price: from USD $80
  • Highlights :

    PUYO means « cloud » in the native Quechua language and is located in the province of Pastaza, 6 km from the city Puyo, which is considered as the Portal of the Amazon in Ecuador, 4h30 from Quito and 1h30 from Baños. This region is also highly appreciated for its fauna and rich flora.
    The farm or park Yapas is leaded by Gabriela Aguilar, a passionate Ecuadorian biologist and ecologist.
    Her main objectives and those of the farm are saving plants and trees in danger of extinction in the region of Puyo and of the Amazon, protect the environment of the region, of the Yasuni Park and Ecuador in general and promoting scientific studies about the flora, the animals, the birds, the insects, the ecosystem etc…which are financed thanks to your stay and collaboration.


The botanic and ecologic Yapas farm suggests a minimum stay of 2 days to more months for passionate in botanic, orchids and nature lovers, those who desire doing a spiritual retire or for the volunteers who desire studying or developing biological or tropical botanic projects and work in the service of the farm Yapas.


Botanic Farm

The farm can host up to 16 persons in single, double or multiple rooms. It counts with shared 3 bathrooms / W.C, warm water, kitchen and dining room, terrace with hammocks, an outdoor bar and salon, an area of 25 hectares of garden, plantations and tropical forest with river and a lagoon.



Possible activities depending on the duration of your stay

  • Walk in the gardens and plantations of the Orchidarium-bromelarium with more than 100 species; of palmetum (more than 10 endemic palm species) and medical plants (more than 20 species) the first or second day
  • Walk in the organic farm with its plantations of sugar cans, bananas, coffee, cacao, pineapples etc. and possibly the orchids laboratory the first or second day
  • Visit of the reforestation air of endemic plants and trees and the Amazon



Possible activities depending on the duration of your stay

  • Swimming, bath or clay mask in the river or in the lagoon.
  • Bird observation
  • Hike to a waterfall, caves
  • If you wish voluntary work on the farm
  • Purchase in the boutique essences of plants, fruits, cafes, orchids, anthodium or other plants, souvenirs
  • Optional tour of Puyo, of an artisanal factory based on the wood « balsa », of Baños, the waterfall Pailon del Diablo, a refuge of monkeys and other sides of the region



Departure Dates depending on availability

Prices 2016 of the Stay

2 days / 1 night in a double room: from USD 80 

3 days / 2 nights in a double room: from  USD 155

Supplement day / night:  from USD 80

Supplement single room: from  USD 25 per night




Voluntary Works

  • experimental reforestation, silviculture of tropical trees, development and maintenance of the botanical garden (which involves working with machetes, planting trees and plants, remove weeds, trim trees …
  • Creation and maintenance of trails and buildings of the farm
  • Participation in cleaning the kitchen during the weekends.
  • Work, participation in projects for the conservation of species of the national park in the Amazon : Yasuni, , Reserve of the Biosphere is considered the most bio diverse site of the planet
  • Work in organic farm: planting and harvesting of different products (vegetables, tomatoes, exotic fruits etc…), preparation of natural homemade pesticides, composting and herbicides, soil management, weed control (by hand or with natural herbicides).
  • Possible creation and maintenance of a vegetable garden and harvest vegetables



Nature Activities

  • Identification of plants, birds, insects, champignons and possibly amphibians
  • Walk or hike in the surrounding forest, collection of seeds, plants and learning about taxonomy and the Amazon with a local guide.



Community Activities

  • Work with the community on projects, especially alimentation, nutrition or other important subjects helping to improve them.
  • Teaching French or English to the children of the primary school. This project is for volunteer that stay at least 2 months or more.
  • Administrative activities, in the office depending on the development, projects of preservation of the farm
  • Participation in the development of the ecotourism and auto financed projects
  • Organize, direct; participate in workshops on specialized topics (in coaching, yoga, meditation, agro ecology, etc.)



Collaborative Projects

  • Collaboration for creating or improving a herbarium for collecting, store, label, describe plants and fruit
  • Collaboration on a pro environmental educational level for local children (teaching them painting, cooking, recycling waste, writing, reading etc.)



Prices 2016 of the Programs per person

Program of 15 days: from USD 590  

Program of 1 month: from USD 895

Program of 3 months: from USD 1710

For stays longer than 3 months, price negotiable


Services included in the Botanic Stay :

  • 3 home made, bio and vegetarian meals a day based in the products of the farm (or other meals on request)
  • Soft drinks and tropical juices of the farm (non-carbonated and non-alcoholic)
  • Nights in guests rooms of the farm in single, double or multiple room (reductions on request)
  • Shared bathroom and WC or on your request depending on the availability private bathroom
  • Tours of the plantations, of the park Yapas, swimming and possible clay mask in the river or other activity
  • Naturalist guide and biologist French, English or Spanish-speaking
  • Certain transfers to Puyo for the stay from 3 days or more
  • Rubber boots, ponchos wax, Laundry, parking


Services included in the Volunteer Program :

  • Registration which is used to cover the costs of the cook and cleaning
  • Arrival and departure transfer between the airport of Quito to the farm in Puyo and back to Quito. First night in an accommodation in a family with meal (or in a 2* hotel)
  • 15 or 30 or 90 nights at the botanic farm in single or double rooms (or multiple depending on the availability and whether the reservation was made in advance) with shared bathroom
  • All the meals (3 per day), snacks and soft drinks (non-carbonated and non-alcoholic)
  • Wi-Fi, warm water, shampooing, soap, mosquito net, washing machine, iron, electricity
  • Activities and obligatory voluntary work except the weekends (help cleaning the kitchen – obligatory) see following list
  • International Bank Transaction cost (for one transfer)


Services not included in that stay :

  • Transport between Quito or Baños or Guayaquil, Cuenca and Puyo, the farm Yapas (Botanic stay)
  • Other meals, soft drinks and alcohols, tips
  • International bank transfers or credit card tax (Botanic stay)
  • Visits and activities and other travels in the region on option
  • Purchase of the products, natural essences,…in the boutique of the farm
  • Spiritual treatments, personal particular request
  • Other services not mentioned before
  • Certain transfers to Puyo or in the region (depending on the stay, has to be arranged with the owner)
  • Towels (voluntary program)
  • Equipment, personal spending and tips.


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