Gateway to the Amazon
Lumicon Retreat is 4 hours from Quito,
8 hours from Cuenca or Guayaquil
Owner of Lumicon.
Although I am originally from the Czech Republic, I left my country years ago to travel and reconnect with nature. Since 2012, I bought this land in Ecuador to create a simple, conscious, sustainable life. I've worked for years to reforest this land at the edge of the Amazon with hundreds of species of fruit trees from all over the world and other plants. I built the huts from the bamboo and other materials grown in this food forest. I live outdoors finding nourishment in local produce, connecting with nature and likeminded guests, and developing this unique path to sustainability. If you would like to support our efforts in reforestation and sustainability, please donate!
Acting as a hub for fruitarians, yoga practitioners, eco village enthusiasts, artists and anyone looking for a space to work in nature, live off the land and be inspired as a community, I invite you to join me, and feel at home as we surround ourselves with similarly minded individuals.
Do you accommodate special dietary restrictions?
Yes! Typically we adhere to a vegan or fruitarian lifestyle mostly row. It is possible to get eggs and cheese and some junk food too from the small store nearby if someone need them but we dont offer it or recomend it. Tony regularly asks guests what flavours they are looking for but keeps it simple healthy and tasty. We can also help with fasting and detoxing if interested. Pranic nutricion is on the way...
How do I get there?
There are numerous daily buses to Tena from around Ecuador, many with scenic routes! From Quito airport just get to the main road in close Pifo to catch direct buses like every hour or to the terminal Quitumbe-much more far.After arriving to Tena ( 5-hours) bus terminal you may take a taxi or local bus
(6 busses a day) from terminal Centinela to the last stop called "Talag - Puente Serena." From this stop at the turn in the road by the river, walk around the construction site and cross the pedestrian bridge. Enjoy the views of the mountains! And then take a right at the T, go 200 meters, and turn right at the yellow bus stop with the spiral sign for Lumicon. Proceed past the football field and let yourself in to your new home on the right.
Does every room come with high-speed internet?
We have fast wifi in the kitchen and main lounge area, and power in most huts. We also have a special hut without power or wifi bookable by request.
Do I need any vaccination to visit?
There is no need of any typical tropical vaccination. So far no need C-19 either.
How many people can your retreat center accommodate?
We have 5 huts that accommodate up to 15 people. Our spaces are flexible, and there are several open air meeting areas along the water and within the vegetation ready for any activities or to rest.
How much does it cost?
Prices vary based on group size and length of stay. We pride ourselves in being an affordable, sustainable option for a rustic retreat here in the jungle. We are a non-profit center and use the fonds to sustain and improove the project. Please get in touch for exact pricing!
What do I need to bring with?
There is no need of something special to bring realy. Keep it simple. Light and easy to dry clothes, crocs, hat, flash light...
We provide all bedding and have boots if needed too.
Are there bathrooms and showers?
We have two bathrooms with running water, and several outdoor showers and outdoor latrines. We also have a beautiful running water pool in the stream that makes a great bath and large river beach just in front of the land.
Can I volunteer?
We have worked with volunteers from around the world for many years! We enjoy hosting like minded individuals at our retreat, and there is always work to do around the farm mostly maintaining the fruit forest. We offer many benefits, including healthy vegan food made fresh daily from our local produce. Just get in touch!
What are some of the sustainable practices that the community follows?
We grow most of our food on site, and build the huts mostly from our own materials and bamboo. We thing deep, recycle, avoid disposables, and take an active role in regularly reforesting our piece of the Amazon with fruit trees. We try to think in positive consciouss way and create peacefull Happy-Heathy-Harmonic-Home.
If you have any additional questions or need more clarification, please contact us.
If you like more reading and details about the project see also this site