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Get to Know Our Naturalist Guides!

Each Naturalist Guide at La Selva is extremely knowledgeable in the flora and fauna of the Amazon region and with incredible passion, they are more than willing to share with you about this magical place!

Paul Merino

Paul has been working as a Naturalist Guide for the last 15 years in different protected reas of Ecuador. He has specialized in the most interesting creatures such as insects, reptiles and amphibians and has dedicated part of his life to the understanding and interpretation of the tropical rainforest. In the past he has guided Herpetology Trips in Tortuguero and Corcovado National Parks in Costa Rica. Thanks to his outstanding knowledge in this topic, Paul has become an instructor of herpetology and entomology in various courses for naturalists guides of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve and Cuyabeno Faunistic Reserve in Ecuador. Paul is very enthusiastic about sharing the wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest with others and is an exceptional photographer. See if he can't lend you a hand to get the best out of your camera while at La Selva!

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Rodrigo Jipa

Rodrigo was born in the village of Nuevo Rocafuerte, along the Napo River in Eastern Ecuador, close to the border with Peru. Growing up in his native village he learned the centuries old traditions of his community. In 1988, Rodrigo began with with La Selva in the kitchen and after spending many years studying and perfecting his English he became a certified guide so he could do what he loved; showing others the beauty and magic of his home, the Amazon. He has been one of La Selva's finest guides for over ten years now and also specializes as a Birding Guide.

Daniel King

Daniel King is a Naturalist Guide with a background in Eco-Tourism. Daniel has been guiding since 1999 and began leading Amazon tours in 2001. All his years of experience, over 15, has made him one of the most prominent guides in the region. Especially since he has guided in nearly all areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Daniel loves to share his knowledge with visitors and believes this is one of the best ways to educate others about the preservation of natural wonders and resources. Daniel is an avid birdwatcher, enjoys traveling, learning from other people and different cultures, and has a great sense of humor!

Luis Espín

Luis was born in the city of Baños, Ecuador. Luis has always been a lover of nature. He studied tourism and began working as a National Guide and Naturalist in Ecuador in 1999. He's worked as a Trekking guide in the Ecuadorian Sierra, as well as a guide for traditional tours and of course he is now a Naturalist Guide in the Amazon here at La Selva since 2009. What he loves most about La Selva is the diversity of the flora and fauna that exists, working in Yasuní National Park – one of the most biodiverse places on the plant, the amazing opportunities to capture the fauna and entomofauna on camera, the comfort and peace found in the area and the rich mixture of the assorted birds that can be seen at the lodge. Apart from his time at the lodge Luis loves to read, travel and learn. For him, learning something new each day is something very important in his life. He speaks three languages fluently after studying applied linguistics, which are English, French, and Spanish.

Our bilingual naturalist guides and native guides are divided within specially organized groups that will offer the best opportunities possible during excursions.
Private guides are also available upon request with additional cost during the initial booking process.

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