What did you have for breakfast?
Here on the Ecuadorian coast, there is a delicious breakfast that’s made with mashed plantains mixed with cheese and finally fried with two fried eggs, mixed with rice and accompanied with black coffee. This is a great local breakfast!
|Jhayro cooling off in the river after an exciting rafting trip.|
You’re a major birding enthusiast, what’s your all-time favorite bird?
My favorite bird is an endemic Ecuadorian hummingbird called the Ecuadorian Hill Star. It has the capacity to live 5000m (16,404ft) above sea level.
When did you join the Active family?
I started guiding with Active two years ago.
Favorite piece of adventuring equipment?
My GPS; I can go everywhere, I love it!
What do you prefer to drink: Mate de or coffee (or something else)?
I prefer a local energy drink or tea. This keeps me exploring the whole day.
What do you do in your South America off-season (when you’re not guiding for us)?
Usually I still have to work, but when I have a few days off, I love hiking or fishing with my new hiking friend, John Jairo; he is my 7 year old son. He is doing very well.
|Jhayro’s son John Jairo, with their dog Lucas.|
Most memorable Active guest and/or on the job moment?
An amazing lady called Jeanette who was 85 years old at the time and climbing over 5000m and moving faster than me at that altitude! This just shows that there are no limits when you fill young in your heart!
What’s the best thing about your job?
Learning, travelling, going to new places, meeting new people. Doing something different every day.
Which do you prefer, the cloud forest or the Ecuadorian Amazon, and why?
My favorite is the cloud forest. We have a big cloud forest system called el Choco that shares simmilarities with the cloud forests found in Costa Rica and Colombia. This is one of the most important places in the world for bird watching and just in my country there are around 1500 species of bird.
I know you’ve recently returned from a short holiday with your family – where did you go and what was the highlight?
My family loved the beach we stayed at, a place called Esmeraldas. It is a five hour drive from my home in Quito and the highlight for us was the amazing local food — ceviche (raw fish with citrus juices) and other seafood dishes.
|Jhayro’s son again, with Cotapaxi in the background.|
Any final words?
Come to Ecuador! It is a a small country, but with a lot to see. We are in the top five places in the world for horseback riding, rafting, climbing and birdwatching. Additionally, we have four Cultural and Natural World Heritages sites declared by UNESCO. Simply amazing!
“Jhayro was great and near the end we met his wife, mother-in-law, and her dog (not in that order) but it still made us feel like friends. I really enjoyed practicing my Spanish too. Jhayro also referred us to Pedro, who took us on an excellent day trip to Otavalo etc. on our extra (last) day. We appreciated that personal service.”
– Cynthia Standley, January 1st 2012.
|Jhayro, front right (blue sleeves!) white water rafting near Banos, Ecuador.|