About Us


Started in 2016 with the first property and expended up to 7 indepndent properties to form an eco-village that is transparently co-directed by its members/owners, and accessible to all who share our vision. We have the following ways of joining/visiting us: volunteering,  renting a room or cabin, and buying land.

There are currently over 40 owners as part of the group land buy (see lots for sale) of them, there are over 10 newly developed houses (since 2016) and 3 community houses – all of which include running water from various natural stream sources (and rainwater catchment), solar power (with 1 community house on the grid) and fiber optic (~80Mbps) at the river and upper FH2 lots while the rest (FH3 and others) have a line of sight highspeed connection (~8Mbps)

We are located about 45 minute drive (or 45 minute boat ride) south of our “sister community,” Terra Frutis (which formed about 1.5 years before us, so they have a bit more development but less overall owners at this time).

Read about our diet and lifestyle expectations for those living in our community areas.


Interested long-term residents should expect to live with us for 6 months to see if they are a good fit and share the community’s diet and lifestyle values, vision, commitment to health and positive lifestyle, non-violence and compassion in actions and speech, and decentralized organizational structures. For more info, check out our volunteer and community members and residents pages.

Note: you do not need to become a memeber to buy land, simply fill out the trustee questionnaire and upon approval you can buy a share of land and become a landowner. More info on our group land buy page.

We encourage all potential community residents to consider buying land, as it provides more benefits and “cements” one’s involvement in the project.


This part of Ecuador has a tropical climate with around 1900mm of annual rainfall. The rainfall profile is somewhat even, with the driest months being December, January, and the beginning of February.

The hottest month is November and the coolest month is June. It rarely goes below 18 Celsius at night. The climate is sufficient for super-tropicals such as durian and rollinia.

Daytime temps can be between 20 and 30 depending on rain/cloudiness and if the sun has been out for a while. Nighttime temps can be between 18 and 20 and occasionally dip down as low as 15 but only a few nights per year.

When is the best time to come?

That depends on your preferences in terms of weather and fruit.

All year round, there is an excellent selection of various fruits, both from the local market, neighbors’ farms, and our farm. Bananas and papayas are always available, and other things depending on the seasons.

From approximately September to January, it is normally  the drier part of the year, and the mangoes are highest quality (we mostly get Edward mangos until January and Kent in January and February, however there are many other verities in the markets including Ataulfo and Tommy)

From March to August is the wetter part of the year, with more rain. But, March and April are the height of the local fruit seasons. During this time of year you can try rare delicacies such as iniáku (nacho cheese fruit) and abiu, ice cream bean, zapote, Amazon tree grape, rollinia, and many others.
Ice cream bean season starts in January and extends for a few months. Local citrus season starts around February and goes until July/August. Iniáku and Abiu are only March and April, same with mamey sapote. Rollinia tends to start in February or March and go until August with a few later in the year. Local avocados tend to be available in August / September but randomly throughout the year.

So basically, if you prefer a bit drier weather and great mangos (mostly grown on the coast of Ecuador but some locally) you should come between September and February.

Have a look at what we recommend to bring on our what to bring page here

If you want more exotic local fruits and the true Amazon rainforest experience, come between February and August. If you want to come at the height of peak local fruit availability, come for March and April. And of course, if you come in January you can buy tickets to the Amazon Fruit Festival which is hosted nearby siste community at Terra Frutis.


Fruit Haven Ecovillage is accessed via bicycle, motorcycle or quad, but not by car (the bridge is only wide enough for bicycles, motorcycles or narrow enough quads and foot traffic)

It is a five to ten minute walk from the road on a well-maintained path (can be muddy when it rains). There is also boat access, a 2-minute boat ride from the road (for about $2). The property is riverfront on the east bank of the Rio Zamora. Rio Zamora is navegable by boat from Chuchumbleza north to Proveeduría.

There is regular bus service from Chuchumbleza to the nearby cities Gualaquiza (45 minutes north) and El Pangui (20 minutes south.) Chuchumbleza has an internet cafe, a school, a church, and a few small storefronts with fruits and veggies and other common household supplies. Gualaquiza and El Pangui both have large central markets, bus terminals, and numerous well-stocked fruit shops, computer, mobile phone, household goods and hardware stores.

See more on our getting here page and review your arrival confirmation email if you are already set to arrive.

The nearest hospital is in El Pangui which is about 20 min drive or $5 taxi ride from the bridge (we can call taxis with whatsapp from any community area or private lot with wifi). The second nearest hospital is in Gualaquiza which is about $25-30min drive and $10 taxi ride.


The farm currently produces bananas, some papayas, seasonal fruits depending on time of year: peanut butter fruit, rollinias, marang, mandarins, lemons, chili, and a few local/wild fruits. These mainly fruit during the season, January through June. We are planting many additional varieties of tropical fruits such as durian, mangosteen, jackfruit, cempedak, rambutan, etc.
Note that as we recently started the project and are working to plant more fruit trees, the farm currently does not produce enough food to provide for all the food needs of community members. Production is gradually increasing, but please do not expect to “live off the land” until you’ve spent a good amount of time yourself planting fruit trees and being patient. There are nearby fruit markets, as well as neighbors’ farms, where fruit can be purchased. You can also buy your own land and plant your fruit trees to live self-sufficiently.
The most abundant fruit crops currently are bananas, and sometimes papayas (year round).
Examples of fruit prices at the market: Rack of oritos/baby bananas, $1-$3. Rack of big bananas, $3-8. Oranges and mandarins in season, 8-15/$1. Papayas, $0.25-$1.50 depending on size, or more for really large ones. Rollinia $0.50-$4 (seasonal fruit). Soursop can be $3-$8, or more for really large ones (seasonal fruit). Cherimoya $0.75-$4.00. Watermelon price varies a lot depending on size and time of year; the lowest is $2, larger are $5-$6. Avocado $0.25-$0.75 each depending on size and season. Magoes are $0.30-0.75 each depending on verity and color (as well as the season). Jackfruit has started appearing in the markets can be around $10 for large ones or smaller ones around $5.


Check the rentals page here


We use principles from consensus decision-making and sociocracy, to organize a community group that is relatively free from hierarchy and involuntary centralization. We hold community meetings regularly, weekly or as needed. We schedule regular group activities to keep people involved and learning. See our Community Bylaws and Community Sovereignty Doctrine.

Drug Policy

We are a drug-free community. That said, the occasional dabble in a plant-based spiritual experience is not an issue. However, we encourage you to seek a different community if you have an unresolved dependency issue with alcohol, marijuana, or similar substances, or if you promote their regular use. See our page on Diet and lifestyle


There are not many not many mosquitoes, though there are gnats/no-see-ums, and most newcomers have an issue with gnats biting. Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks in the morning and evening when they come out, and you will be fine. The temperature is comfortable enough that this is not an issue during those times.
Rarely, someone is very sensitive to the insects and gets many, many gnat bites, especially on their neck and face. This has only happened to 3 or 4 people out of around 400 who have passed through both communities in this area.
Check our page on What to bring

Families and Children

We aim to be a sanctuary where people feel safe raising children in a community of like-minded people. We encourage families to buy a plot of land here so that they can build their own structures/homestead areas. See group land buys“.

Parasitic Diseases

Malaria and Yellow Fever are extremely uncommon in this region. Dengue and Chikungunya do exist but have a very low prevalence.
The government requires no vaccines for legal entry.

Ecuador Tourist Visas

Ecuador gives tourists from most countries a free 90-day visa stamp upon entering the country, with no previous paperwork required and no application process. Towards the end of this 90 days, one may purchase a 90-day extension for about $150. For longer stays one should obtain a residency visa. For more information, check our page on Visa info 

Ecuador Residency Visas

Ecuador grants residency visas to individuals with 4-year college degrees. Other options are marrying someone with legal residency, being the parent of a child born in the country, investing $45,000 (updated 2023) in an investment bank account or business, or worth of land, or having a pension or rental income or other income of at least $800/month. See more info on this page: Visa info

Cost to Build a House

See the page: developing your lot.