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Piet, Olda and the youngest daugther Maykin
Bosque de Paz is a family business that took shape in 1995 with the purchase of a badly eroded and impoverished piece of agricultural land on the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador.

The owners, Piet Sabbe (European) and Olda Peralta (town of Esmeraldas) transformed the barren hillside into an island of vibrant tropical greenery. In 2004 they opened their house to visitors as a modest Bed & Breakfast. This offers the travelers comfortable and spacious rooms (with terrace and private bathroom), a tasty breakfast and a small swimming pool.
Olda is an excellent cook who serves delicious meals made with local ingredients, some of which grow on the farm, such as bananas, peanuts, coconuts, arazá and guayaba.

fruits from the farmPiet and Olda are part of a worldwide movement of concerned citizens making our world a better place to live. They developed Bosque de Paz on the principles of Ecological Restoration, Permaculture and Agroforestry.

During a walk through the Botanical Garden, the guests receive an extensive explanation about the many aspects of ecological land management. Bamboo enthusiasts have the chance to explore and abundance of varieties from many parts of the world, including giant bamboo. They are also invited to participate in the activities in the field: planting trees and bamboo, making compost, digging irrigation swales, harvesting fruit, etc. 

Since the year 1997 a grass imported from Asia called Vetiver, has been planted at Bosque de Paz as a unique way to combat erosion.

From Bosque de Paz hikes into the surrounding mountains are organized, and excursions can be arranged to the Mangrove islands on the coast, the Páramo highlands with its rare Frailejones plants and to the Cloudforests.

Bosque de Paz offers young people and students the opportunity to gain work experience which may be related to their studies or training. See Tropical Farm Experience (volunteer work).

Bosque de Paz has strong ties with the local farmer’s organization (in which Piet has a leading role), and with the school his daughters Naomi and Maykin attend.

Some projects are in progress: creating a management plan for a watershed in the hills and the establishment of an environmental education program in the school.


Naomi and Maykin