Meet the Team

The administrative and operative staff members at the Yachana Lodge are native to the area and most have graduated from the Yachana Technical School with a professional specialty in ecological tourism. They bring knowledge of local flora and fauna, the ways of the surrounding communities and they are fully trained to make every aspect of your stay positively memorable.

Guests appreciate that friendliness and respect are both characteristics deeply rooted in those born and raised in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. Our team has the passion for the environment, helping others and working at Yachana Lodge. They take pride in teaching guests why sustainability and ecology in the Amazon remain fundamental to the principals of the Yachana Foundation and the Yachana schools where they were trained. Please call on any member of our team to answer your questions and assure that your stay comfortable, memorable and a learning experience.

Douglas McMeekin, Executive Director 29 years Yachana Foundation

Douglas McMeekin,
Executive Director
29 years Yachana Foundation

Piter Silvera Lodge administrator 6 years

Piter Silvera
Lodge administrator
6 years

Efrain Tapuy Chef 18 years

Efrain Tapuy
Chef
18 years

Kevin Camacho Senior naturalist guide 2 years

Kevin Camacho
Senior naturalist guide
2 years

Alfonso Jimenez Naturalist guide 1 year

Alfonso Jimenez
Naturalist guide
1 year

Gabriela Silvera Assistant chef 2 years

Gabriela Silvera
Assistant chef
2 years

Rosa Yanez Guest services and landscaping 13 years

Rosa Yanez
Guest services and
landscaping 13 years