Efrain Toapanta and Molly Brown, the creators and administrators of SabinaTour Operator, are an Ecuadorian/American couple who form part of the Mindo community and share Mindo's enthusiasm for the preservation of the Ecuadorian Western Lowlands as well as the benefits of a sustainable economy. Besides being dedicated parents of a bilingual and bicultural family, they lead the tour operator along with their other company, Casa Divina Lodge, which is dedicated to provide elegant, comfortable and sustainable lodging in the middle of the cloud forest.
Efrain is a Mindo native who has travelled through Europa and USA, while Molly is native from California and came to Ecuador to do academic studies of Anthropology and Environment.
Efrain has dedicated much of his time and efforts to the community of Mindo, as part of the city planning commission and working to ensure that growth and development of the area continues in a positive and non-destructive direction. In addition, both Efrain and Molly are members in the local chapter of the Northwest Tourism Council of Ecuador.
Molly, dedicated mother of two and the administrative pillar of SabinaTour Operator, continually seeks to guide the business towards excellence while upholding the highest standards of sustainable practices. This is shown by the international sustainability and corporate social responsibility certification bestowed upon the tour operator.
SabinaTour Operator and Casa Divina Lodge are two family-owned companies serving visitors to the cloud forest of Mindo, Ecuador in South America. The great love and respect we feel for the surrounding area are reflected in our consistent efforts to educate, inspire, and promote conservation of local, regional, and global forests. Our team is committed to our core values of honesty, responsibility, respect, efficiency, quality, discipline, and safety.
We provide our guests with a unique opportunity to explore the stunning biodiversity of the Chocó Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve. Our high-quality service is unparalleled as we strive to continually improve our systems and processes in an effort to increase the sustainability and conservation efforts within our businesses and the local community.
We are leaders in our local community and employ the services of residents of our town whenever possible. We encourage the responsible economic, social, and environmental development of our region. We promote equality, mutual respect and job security for our employees by offering a dynamic, positive, and productive work environment.
We comply with all legal regulations stated in the Constitution of Ecuador, which establishes that the rights mentioned in this document, and in international treaties or agreements, are guaranteed for everyone who lives or visits our country and children and adolescents in particular.
These goals guide our conservation practices:
- To establish, maintain, and innovate efficient resource management practices and processes that prevent environmental harm.
- To employ a cohesive team aligned with the mission, vision, commitments, and values of our companies.
- To share our sustainable practices and their benefits with our clients, collaborators, and the local community.
- To make educational, economic, and practical contributions to the sustainable development of tourism in the region and the country.
- To create alliances with companies, organizations, and people who share the same ideology, supporting entrepreneurship for a progressive, socially responsible, and environmentally conscious society.