Dr. Alfredo 'Doc' Lopez, An honored Costa Rican G.P. and General Surgeon and is the CEO of The Rio Indio Ecolodge.
Dr. Lopez first visited the Rio San Juan Region in 1983 and at that time the area only had thatch roof homes, no doctors or any type of medical care. The good doctor started treating the local natives in the Rio San Juan Region. Dr. Lopez began a friendship of 25 years with the local Shaman and has helped many people over the years. In later years he built the first Medical Clinic in the area and has helped to put together many International Medical Missions in Rio San Juan and across Nicaragua.
Dr. Lopez envisioned in the vast untamed and unadulterated rainforest, a Lodge that not only would be an attraction for those seeking something new and adventurous, but an eco-friendly getaway that could serve to help protect the beautiful natural surroundings and create jobs for the local people. Doctor Lopez understands as a physician and humanitarian, that supporting the local community will help better the lives of everyone involved, including the guests that visit the Rio Indio Fishing Lodge. Dr. Lopez enjoys meeting all guests that visit The Rio Indio Lodge and hopes to get to know everyone on a personal basis.
Mike Lilla aka "Shiv", a former U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Major is the Operations Manager for The Rio Indio Lodge.
Mike also owns the "Bushmaster's Jungle Survival School" which operates directly out of the Lodge. The Bushmaster's Jungle Survival School serves special groups and individuals interested in acquiring jungle survival skills. Mike owned and operated a chain of restaurants prior to his involvement in The Rio Indio Fishing Lodge and now plays an instrumental role in overseeing all daily operations and recreational activities for our lodge guests. Mike has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the lodge and its' surrounding areas and invites all guests to sit down with him for some casual conversation.
Freddy Rojas our Head Chef has been creating delicious meals for our guests for more than 15 years.
His skill and passion for cooking is evident in everything he prepares. Fresh snapper, Langostinos, Chicken Cordon Bleu and amazing Ceviche (made from his own secret recipe) are just some of the many tasty dishes that Freddy creates. Freddy welcomes all guests to pop their head into the kitchen to say hello and to watch his delicious creations in the making.