R220610-EC: Ecolodge For Sale - Ecuador

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Posted: 20 June 2022

Sale by: The Owner

What is being sold: This property is an organic farm park, lodge and learning center. The property and business are for sale.

Sale Price and Currency: USD 420,000

Property Location: Manabi Province, Ecuador.

Fully licensed as an accommodation facility? Yes.

Currently in operation as an accommodation facility? Yes. The property has been functioning as a tourism and educational facility for 30 years, it has excellent web presence and is highly recommended in guide books. The farm offers accommodation, activities, courses, all nature of programs for different ages and abilities. International and local groups stay from 1-20 days experiencing, and learning.

Number of Rooms: 8

Number of Bathrooms: 10

Room Facilities:
Verenera room: tourist room sleeps 3
Coffee Grove Guest House: tourist cabin, sleeps 6
Linchero villa : tourist cabin, sleeps 5
Hornero cabin and balcony to heaven. 2 story dorm style or large family room, with open balcony, Sleeps 12
Carpintero cabin dorm style or family cabin sleeps 6
Fernan Sanchez volunteer accommodation sleeps 3
Guayacan room. Sleeps 4
Samango: tourist room sleeps 3
Casa Guadua: Owners 2 bedroom house

Common Area Facilities: Dining room - Sustainability and Childrens’ Library - Classroom - Yoga platform - Spacious, open dining room - Kitchen surrounded by food gardens - Large independent structure to house the traditional wood oven which is used every day for bread baking, chocolate and coffee making demonstrations - Craft workshop for working with local materials.

Total Land Area: The property is 26.5 acres (9.5 ha). It has been farmed organically for more than 30 years. The land is flat and sloped and is bordered by a river which runs all year. It has nice mountain views. The climate is very pleasant and is divided into the warmer wet and cooler dry seasons. Strangely, there are so few mosquitos that it is unnecessary to sleep with mosquito nets. The land is divided into different plots according to use. It has a mixture of food forests, tropical crops, pasture, forage crops for cows and horses, chicken forage system, worm culture beds, pig raising area, composting area, and a large vegetable production area. (land use map available). The best from agroecology, permaculture and regenerative methods has been blended to create a circular agricultural system. A lot of turmeric is grown and there is ample opportunity to specialize in other super food or medicinal crops like medicinal hemp oil. The land supplies most of the vegetables and much of the fruit required by the kitchen. A number of unusual tropical vegetables are grown as well as temperate, and the fusion of rare vegetables with international and local dishes has made the farm cuisine unique in the country, and hugely commented on by visitors in trip advisor and other review platforms. During the dry season we supply vegetable boxes and we participate in various farmers markets.

Built-up Area: Most of the buildings, accommodation, reception, main common spaces are in one hectare of land.

Is it allowed to add more buildings to the property? Yes. There is no limit and no building permits are required.

Year of Construction: 1992. The project is well established and construction has been going on for 30 years. However all have been refurbished or newly built since 2016.

Year of last Renovation: 2016. Another accommodation house is being built at present, it could house up to 10 people

Key Materials of Construction:
Treated bamboo, wood, stone, some have thatched roofs, others have permanent roofing material.

Eco-Architectural Features:
The rooms and cabins are creatively built with modern bamboo construction techniques, guided by an architect skilled in technical management of bamboo. All rooms have dry compost toilets. Material from the toilets is composted and used on animal fodder and reforestation areas. Some roofs have toquilla thatch (same as used in panama hats). All materials are sourced from the farm or locally. The property has bamboo, timber, thatch available for use.

Energy Sources & Energy-Saving Features:
The farm is on grid, but has several solar panels for emergency plus a generator in the event of a power outage. There is a biogas plant that runs on pig manure.

Water Sources & Water-Saving Features:
The small river that borders the farm provides ample water for irrigation purposes, it also supplies water for showers and gardens. Drinking water mainly comes from filtered rain water. The international Rotary Club is currently working on a community water scheme to provide treated water to the community.

Water saving features:
There is no water used in the dry composting toilets. Grey water systems for all showers and hand basins. Water saving system for dishwashing. Land water features: swales and reservoirs. Rainwater catchment on some roofs

Waste-Management Facilities:
There is no waste water or food produced from the kitchen, all is reintegrated. The farm works with and teaches zero waste. All animal and plant waste is composted. All recyclables are recycled and all non recyclable soft plastic is used for plastic bricks. The owners of the farm have led multiple campaigns on using cloth bags, eliminating single use plastics and anti littering.

Awards and Guidebook mentions:
Featured in the Lonely Planet (Ecuador, South America, South America on a shoestring) Featured in Footprints Travel Guide (Ecuador & South America editions).
Featured in Rough Guide.
Featured in Moon Guide.
Featured in Viva Travel guide.
Featured in many international guidebooks (French, German, Spanish etc.).
Chosen to be featured on many alternative tourism websites (Eco way, Hopineo etc.).
National Geographic Travel- one of 8 favourite places to stay in Ecuador.
Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015.
Rated one of the 13 best examples of responsible tourism on earth (Channel 5 Montreal’s Another Way to Travel).
Featured in many national travel documentaries, including Ecuador Ministry of tourism produced programs.
Featured in “Meridian” (Germany’s National Geographic equivalent).
Featured in 10+ television programs (national & international) over the years.
Featured highly in many google keyword searches (Permaculture Ecuador, Eco tourism Ecuador, organic farm volunteering etc.).

Description of Location:
It is nestled in a valley in the province of Manabi, on the mid coast of Ecuador. The area has miles of undeveloped beaches with good surf and swimming.

Distance in Km from nearest Beach, type of Beach:
The farm is just a 20 minutes drive from a sandy beach and the tourist beach town of Canoa.

Nearby Attractions (within 50 km):
Isla Corazon (35 mins) - Mangrove island with bird colonies
Bahia de Caraquez (35 mins) - picturesque town set on a peninsula studded with high-rise holiday apartments, It has a Museum, and spectacular lookout.
La Segua (1 hour east) RAMSAR status wetland offering canoe rides to birdwatch.
Canoa (20 mins) - beach town with lots of good restaurants serving international and local cuisine. Adventure sports like paragliding, kite surf, surf classes, bike hire.

Nearest Airport: Manta Airport is 1.45 hours away.

Nearest Hospital or Clinic: In Canoa there is a free health centre for minor issues and vaccinations etc. San Vicente has a number of private doctors and high quality ultra sound equipment. Bahia de Caraquez has a free hospital Quito and Guayaquil have first class hospitals

Nearest School: Community School, 5 mins away (small state local primary school). Canoa Algarrobos School, a private bilingual primary school largely funded by expats. State primary and secondary schools: Bahia Interamerican school, private bilingual primary and secondary school. Escuela Sathya Sai, primary and secondary schools, state/missionary education based on human values. La Inmaculada, Catholic private primary and High School.