“Running this lodge is a challenge, and doing so while respecting the environment makes it an even greater one”
Lilian Tello works in the administrative area of the hotel. She’s in charge of logistics, accounting, buying and more. She has worked at Mashpi for five years, joining when the Lodge first opened. Before, she lived in Quito but moved to the town of La Delicia to live with her parents.
What do your parents do and how has this Lodge impacted on your life?
My father is a public worker and my mother has a small hostel. I think that in families like ours that depend on work here for our survival, this project has been key. To be honest, I don’t really like the forest. I work in it and I live off it and I am very grateful, but I’m really scared of bugs! And all the other creepy crawlies.
Of the 85 of us who work here, around 60 are from nearby towns. This shows us that if there were more proposals for sustainable tourism that respect and preserve the forest, we could have even more sources of employment.
How would you describe the operation of Mashpi Lodge?
Running this lodge is a challenge, and doing so while respecting the environment makes it an even greater one. To have built it without cutting down as a single tree is admirable. We don’t have a shopping centre round the corner to go and buy anything we’re missing, so we have to plan down to the last detail!