The house of the green roof
La casa del techo verde

The house was built to serve as a model of sustainable construction techniques and energy generation in the local community of Leymebamba as well as to experiment with new livelihood strategies which could help the local community meet their needs in harmony with the environment.
The house is totally off-grid. We collect all our own water and the house is powered by PV and solar hot water panels which we built ourselves. With the exception of a very few items the house is entirely built from materials existing on the land or in the community, ranging from sheeps wool insulation to the timber of trees felled long ago by previous occupants.

You don’t even have to go far. Stay on the balcony for sightings of toucans, humming birds and the magnificent condor with a nesting site on the cliff face or walk through the lush forest spotting orchids and the spectacular Quetzal on your way to the river for some quiet contemplation or a bracing dip in its crystalline water. If you are getting itchy feet then its also a perfect base to explore this magical region, a paradise for birding, hiking and horse riding and exploring the multiple and little visited archaeological sites of the Chachapoya culture.


The site which sleeps up to 12 comprises an L shaped main house and a small round house. The main house has 2 double bedrooms and a third bedroom with 4 single bunk beds as well as a composting toilet, shower, kitchen and open plan living room and dining area.

Additional sleeping spaces can be provided on sofa beds in the living room. We collect all our own water from the rain and the drinking water is filtered through the green roof itself while the hot water is generated by our pioneering solar hot water system which we built ourselves. The round house has a double bed and its own outdoor shower and private balcony. All electricity is generated by solar panels which also powers a satellite internet connection if you really are desperate to stay connected.


We are currently making final preparations to receive our first visitors in 2021. If you are interested in being one of the first to stay here in this special place please contact us for more information about prices and logistics at
Rosario and Lido who have painstakingly supported this project since its birth use the house and land to grow food and for vital grazing ground for their horses and cows. Any visitors will be given a truly warm welcome.


The house is located 8km North of the small village of Leymebamba in the region of Amazonas which itself is a 1.5 hr drive from Chachapoyas, the regional capital. It’s a 20 minute drive or 1.5 hour walk from Leymebamba to the foot of the land from where you will need to walk 5 minutes to the house but don’t worry it’s the perfect place to put your feet up!

Huge heartfelt thanks to many many people who have supported us in this project so far including chief architect Catriona Forbes, chief builder Cesar Guevara and of course Rosario and Lido and their family.