Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil

Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature and national parks (,


Having started his career in 1969 as a project officer of the IYF, he dedicated his life to the conservation of nature and is among the world's most senior conservation ecologists. Besides English, Daan speaks, Dutch, Afrikaans, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese; he has traveled to 80+ countries, many in the context of his work in service of conservation. His slogan: CONSERVATIONISTS NEVER GIVE UP!


A practical planner and problem solver, with a PhD from Wageningen University, his career of half a century  includes workin for the FAO of the United Nattions, The Dutch equivalent of the USA Corps of Engineers, Rijkswaterstaat, Haskoning, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), The World Bank, the German Development Organization (GIZ) and a variety of other prestigious international institutions. Read about his holistic conservation approach.


Little known to Ecuadorians, the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, (now 51) were selected by a United Nation project in 1976. Part of this team, Daan Vreugdenhil selected Yasuní and Cuyabeno as his prime selections for the Amazon Region of Ecuador, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha.


Having started ecotourism in 1985 with the Cuyabeno Lodge, he has been the foremost pioneer of ecotourism in ecuador, long before other eco tour operator, and he has single-handedly, initiated ecotourism in the northern part of Cuyabeno.


As a national parks conservation expert, Daan has been extremely worried about national parks being underutilized. When parks have little economic benefit to a country they get little political attention and often become invaded and destroyed. He decided to dedicate the last years of his professional life to the development of national parks tours. After all, with his knowledge of national parks, his broad travel experience and his 30+ year of experience in the ecotourism business, who has more experience in developing great tours to national parks? Read more about his national parks tours in many countries of the world:


General de Brigada Luis Bolivar Hernandez

Besides graduating from the Miliary Academy of Ecuador, General de Brigada Luis Bolivar Hernandez also graduated from the University of Shippensburg, USA, where he graduated in international relations as well as in business administration.


During the brief but fierce war with Peru, then Colonel Hernandez, he re-conquered Alto Cenepa a strategic position taken by Peru after its surprise invasion. For his achievements he is has been nominated Hero of Ecuador and received the Military Cross of Honor for Military Service. He is also known for tirelessly and successfully standing up for equal rights of women in the Military.


In civilian life, Luis Hernandez served in the Legislative Assembly (Lower House or Congress), where he stood for conservation, among other things. He currently serves on a high advisory Commission to the President.


Luis Hernandez helped with acquiring necessary licenses for operation the the Cuyabeno Lodge and joined the lodge soon after its creation to become the general manager, which he has been until the present day. A warm and charming person, one can often see Luis at the Lodge mingling with visitors, but being a modest person, he rarely talks about is dynamic military past.  Being a conservationist at heart, he rather talks about his love and concern for nature and conservation.


Cuyabeno Lodge:

Shyris Park Building, Av. de los Shyris N36-188 & Av. Naciones Unidas, Office 608, 6th floor, Quito

Phone Office: (++593) (0)(2) 292 6153

Cell (mobile) phone: (++593) (0)999 80 3395


Find it on the Quito Map Zoom in, it is a very detailed map!

Email: [email protected]