El Fundo


El Fundo ("The Farm") study center is the heart of APECA action, where researched and tested models provide a "Retreat-like" experience, alloting time for reflection away from the daily chores in the villages.  This learning environment is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Amazon Rainforest and her culture.

El Fundo, under the leadership of Pablo Guerra, Program Director, is the base of operations for APECA.  This solar-powered base of operations provides staff living quarters, work areas for woodworking, motor repairs, boat building, and general maintenance. It also houses the training center, and maintains model projects such as teaching/demonstration examples for all locals and visitors.

It is the training center for natural medicine, midwifery, public health, and model projects such as: Demonstration fish ponds, Vegetable gardens, Clean drinking-water systems, Trash pits for pollution control, Reforested areas, Natural medicine usage, Aquaponics, Tree nurseries, Turtle projects, and Chicken coops over fish ponds.  Villagers are brought to El Fundo, and with the help of professionals are trained as community-elected representatives to carry out model projects in their remote villages.


El Fundo serves as a demonstration farm and community center for the surrounding villages in the District of Fernando Lores. Under resident, Pablo Guerra’s supervision, El Fundo provides a place to observe and practice new sustainable farming and aqua culture techniques, including how to survive in high-water seasons when fresh produce is not available. Parasitic and waterborne diseases are endemic, and governmental services for education and health are available only in well-established large towns. Against this background developing continuing community leadership for sanitation, health, and nutrition are among APECA’S top priorities.

These projects are the "nuts and bolts" of what APECA is and does. It is a struggle with (at times) wearisome, upsetting, even repellent problems in one of the world’s few remaining Edens; a place where river, sky, and forest sustain the spirit and satisfy the heart. The effort is well worth it.  Adventurous and committed visionaries are invited to join in this opportunity to make the world a better place for all of us.

Interested in more information, Contact APECA at:  apecaperu@apecaperu.org.

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