The Amarumayo botanical garden was founded at the beginning of 2015 thanks to a crowdfunding supported by hundreds of people from all over the world. The goal, achieved, was to create an educational botanical garden of Amazonian medicinal plants and start protection projects, research and conservation.
Amarumayo is located inside the Eco-center(Puerto Maldonado, calle rompeolas 3.2 km), a multipurpose facility created in 2001 and that, at the moment, is home to several non-profit organizations including: Etnopharmakon, Asociación de Agricultura Ecológica, Ecodely, La Chacrita del Arte, La Planta. Thanks to the collaboration between all of these associations, the Eco-center was converted into a pivotal point for all the people interested in a sustainable lifestyle and respectful of the enviroment and different cultures. Educational workshops, projects with schools, experiential workshops, responsible tourism, handicrafts, agro-forestry, ecological agriculture, production of bio-fertilizer, to herbal remedies, organic produce … all this and much more is what over the years was started, thanks to collaboration and living in a respectful form of the.
Amarumayo (literally “snake river”) is the name that the Incas gave to the “Madre de Dios” river that gives its name to the Amazon region in the southeast Peruvian, on the border with Brazil and Bolivia. This is currently one of the regions with the largest biodiversity in the world but, unfortunately, it is also one of the regions with the highest environmental risk, which also becomes a cultural emergency in an area where culture and nature still have a deep connection. The indiscriminate and irresponsible plundering of its resources, first of all gold and timber, has the proportions of a devastation that is compromising irreparably its extraordinary human biological balance. There are thousands of hectares of forest destroyed by the rise of illegal gold mining and illicit timber trading every year. The poisoning of rivers due to the reckless disposal of mercury used in mines, resulting in contamination of fish and the food chain associated with it, the exploitation of child labor and child trafficking linked to prostitution, are some of horrible side effects of this total lack of respect for life in all its forms. The action of the local and international authorities and institutions it’s still inefficient and we are risking to erase an inestimable biological and cultural heritage.
The AMARUMAYO project is acting on two fronts: the environment and the cultural, favoring the knowledge in an integration perspective, both locally and internationally, of a therapeutic culture and a natural variety that is now one of the most extraordinary treasures on earth, and we are guilty of leaving it disappear without even knowing.
The reserve Amarumayo is dedicated to the memory of Giovanna Vago and all of our grandfathers and grandmothers who, with their knowledge have made us the people we are.
We want to thank all the people who believed in us and helped at the start of this project.