What’s guiding for you?
It’s sharing an experience in nature with people. It’s imparting my passion for discovery and conservation, teaching people how ecosystems work.
What techniques are there to being a good guide?
I didn’t smile a lot at the beginning! I was very serious, a typical biologist. The older guides taught me to smile, to make people laugh, to relax. You have to enjoy what you do in order for people to learn. You have to enthuse, to share without being too formal and stuffy. You have to maintain a certain formality and a structure to be a guide, though. That’s part of it, too.
What techniques are there in Mashpi?
There has to be a logical sequence to one’s guiding. You have to start with simpler things and then broaden and deepen. If I can, I like to take people through a sequence of explanations as I guide them through the Reserve, starting with the briefing we give all guests on arrival.