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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil

Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founding father of Parks and Tribes. 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 (now YEE), 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.


parks tours. Little known to Ecuadorians, he was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, now 59. Yasun? and Cuyabeno were his prime selections for the Amazon Region of Ecudor, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge, owned by Randy Borman MSc and his son Felipe.


Having started ecotourism in 1985 with the Cuyabeno Lodge, he has been the pioneer of ecotourism in ecuador, long before other tour operators became involved, 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, and thereby lack political interest, which often results in an area being 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: 


Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello

Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello was the first director of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the early 80s. When the reserve became invaded by smallholder farmers from the Andes, he contacted his friend Parks Man Daan Vreugdenhil, then in the Netherlands, to help solve the problem.


Together they assessed the situation and advised the government to eliminate the invaded area of the then 150,000 ha reserve, and at the same time expand the area all the way to the border with Peru, growing it to 600,000 ha. Flavio lobbied hard to get the proposal agreed and carried out all the procedures for legal approval of the proposal.

As the area had no ecotourism to speak off, the 2 friends facilitated the construction of the Cuyabeno Lodge, of which Daan was the founding father.


Later, Flavio became professor at the Catholic Univercity in Quito (PUCE), where is his still teaching Ecotourism and Protected Areas Planning. Few people in Ecuador know the protected areas of the country like Flavio, and with his broad knowledge of ecotourism, he is the ideal partner of Parks and Tribes.


Randy Borman MSc.

Randy Borman MSc. is a full member of the Cofan Nation (tribe). Son of a missionary couple he grew up in the Cofan village in the 60s and 70s thus naturally absorbing the Cofan way of life. He married a Cofan woman, Amelia Quenama de Borman, and they have 2 sons and a daughter, all of whom speak Cofan, Spanish and English fluently.


With his American University training he could liaison with international traditional rights movements and communicate with government institutions. By 1980 he had initiated ecotourism along the Aguarico River and by 2015 he had built the Cofan lodge, which he runs with his son Filipe.


He has led a great deal of scientific biological research teams in the Northern Amazon Region. With his knowledge of both the Amazon Indian culture and nature, he is the most knowledgeable person in all Ecuador to have along on  a Cuyabeno expedition.


With Randy's indigenous background, Parks Man Daan Vreugdenhil's ecologica background and Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello's ecotourism background, this team is the best team in the country to develop and provide the best ecotours in all of Ecuador.




Street: Calle Las Casas, Side street: Jose Coudrin, 2 blocks above the Occidental Highway

Cantón Quito, Prov. Pichincha, Parroquia Belisario Quevedo

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