Professional experience of Arq. Ceballos-Lascuráin’s

1992 to dateDirector General of PICE (Programme of International Consultancy on Ecotourism), Special Adviser on Ecotourism to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and adviser to United Nations WorldTourism Organization (UNWTO).
Has participated in the following specific consultancies and projects (in 80 countries around the world):
2015-2016 Master plan and executive architectural design for visitation and environmental and culural education facilities at San Agustin Archaeological Park, Colombia (main Colombian archaeological site and World Heritage Site) for Colombian Ministry of Culture and FONTUR
2016 Master plan and architectural design for Ecotourism Center at Boca de la Cañada, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México, for Coyote Canyon Adventures (2016, in progress). .
2015-16 Preliminary studies for Ecotourism and Cultural Tourism Master Plan for Tembleque Aqueduct World Heritage Site in Hidalgo, Mexico, for Ministry of Tourism of the State of Hidalgo
2014-15 Master Plan and Architectural Design for Aldeas Kukulcan Ecotourism Project in Yucatan, Mexico, for Waserthec, S.A. de C.V. (2014-2015).
2015Peer evaluator of Sustainable Tourism Master Course for UNED (Universidad Estatal a Distancia) of San José, Costa Rica (2015).
2014-15 Instructor of two graduate courses on Ecotourism and Environmental Architecture at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. (November 2014 and March 2015).
2012-14 Master plan and architectural design of Recreational and Ecotourism Center in Mazamitla, Jalisco, Mexico, for Mr.Jorge Franco and the Ruiz Villanueva family.
2012-14 Master plan and conceptual sketches for Ecotourism Center and Ecological Real Estate Development in Holbox Island, Quintana Roo, Mexico, for Cibola Group of Houston, Texas.
2012-13 Guidelines for the development of ecotourism in Jeju Island World Heritage Site, Site, South Korea, for FEALAC (Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation).
2012-13Participation in the development of a National Plan for the Development of Nature Tourism in Colombia, for Tourism & Leisure and the Colombian Ministry of Tourism (2012-13).
2012Master Plan for Ecotourism Development of the State of Guerrero, Mexico , in collaboration with Grupo Coscamila, for the Biodiversity National Commission of Mexico – CONABIO.
2011-12 Preliminary ecotourism studies for Ecotourism Center in Chococente, Nicaragua
2010-11 Master Plan for the Development of Alternative Ecotourism Destinations and Circuits in the region of Cuzco, Peru for OGD-Dircetur and AATC.
2009-10 Master plan and architectural design for an Ecotourism Center and a Biomuseum in the El Tormento Ecological Reserve in Escarcega, Campeche, Mexico, for the Secretariat of Tourism of Campeche (Phases I and II built 2011-12) .
2008-09 Master Plans and Architectural Designs for five ecotourism projects in Mexico (in the states of Veracruz, Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Campeche and Morelos), for FIRCO-SAGARPA and the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México
2008 Master Plan and Architectural Design of an ecological community in the Sierra Madre region of Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico, for The Milburn Foundation International.
2007-2008Environmental architectural and master plan design consultancy for Kinabalu Resort and Spa in Kinabalu World Heritage Site, Sabah (Borneo), Malaysia.
2006-08MasterlanAMaster Plan and Architectural Design of Ecotourism Park in Baja California, Mexico, as part of a satellite city development.
2006-08 Master Plan and Architectural Design of Ecotourism Park in Jalisco, Mexico, as part of a satellite city development
2007Preliminary studies for 10 ecotourism projects in rural areas of Mexico, for FIRCO and Colegio de Postgraduados.
2007Architectural design of an ecological hotel in Berriozabal, Chiapas, Mexico.
2006-07Master Plan and Preliminary Architectural Design of an Ecolodge/Ecotourism Centre in the Island of Dominica, for David Bruney and Associates.
2005-06Ecotourism Development Master Plans for three regions in the State of Morelos, Mexico, including preliminary architectural design of an Ecotourism Center in Tetlama (adjoining Xochicalco archaeological ruins – World Heritage Site), for CDI and Morelos State Secretariat of Tourism (Phase I built, 2007-08).
2005-06Strategy for the Development of Ecotourism in the State of Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Preliminary Architectural Design for an Ecolodge in Las Negritas, Aguascalientes, for the Aguascalientes Secretariat of Tourism.
2004-05Programmatic Environmental Assessment of the Sustainable Tourism Integrated Development Plans of Northeastern Brazil (PRODETUR NE II), for the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, with UNDP/IDB funding.
2004Guidelines for sustainable design and construction of a hotel and design of an ecolodge in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (in collaboration with Fundación Natura of Barcelona).
2004Master Plan and Architectural Design for an Ecolodge in Palenque, Chiapas, for Dr. Salomon Gonzalez and partners.
2004-05Master Plan and Preliminary Architectural Design for an Ecotourism Center, Ecoretreat and Ecolodges in Peninsula of Samaná, Dominican Republic, for Federico C. Alvarez Foundation).
2004Master Plan and Architectural Design for an Ecolodge in the cloud forest region of Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico, for Grupo Bolivar.
2004Sustainable Tourism Development of the Red Sea, for PA Consulting Group and Government of Egypt, with US-AID funding.
2004-2005Tourism Development Master Plans for three regions in the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico, for the Quintana Roo Secretariat of Tourism.
2003Gunung Mulu National Park (Sarawak, Malaysia) Ecotourism Potential, report for MARA University of Technology, Sarawak Branch, Samarahan campus, Malaysia.
2003Specialized technical opinion on the ecotourism potential of the central region of Chiapas, Mexico, for Fondo Acción Banamex-IDB (Inter-American Development Bank).
2003Guidelines for Tourism Congestion Management at Cultural and Natural Sites, for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with ICOMOS and CHEDI (Culture, Heritage & Developpement – International).
2003Architectural design of an ecolodge for Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Q.R., Mexico, for the Mexican Ministry of the Environment (SEMARNAT), CONANP, FONATUR, UNDP.
2003Ecotourism Master Plan and Architectural Design of an Ecolodge in Altamura Island, Sinaloa (Gulf of California), Mexico.
2001-2002Preliminary Studies for Ecotourism/Ecolodge Pilot Projects in Three Protected Areas of Mexico as a Self-Financing Tool for the Mexican Ministry of the Environment (SEMARNAT) and CONANP.
2001Analysis and Recommendations on the Ecotourism Potential of the State of Tocantins, Brazil, for Ruschmann Consulting, with funding from the International Development Bank (IDB).
2001Ecotourism Master Plan of Tayrona National Park, Colombia, for the Ministry of the Environment of Colombia (with funding from the European Union).
2000-01International Coordinator of the 12-country study on Guidelines for the Integration of Biodiversity into the Tourism Planning Sector for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
2000National Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development for Mauritania (Africa), for the World Bank and the government of Mauritania.
2000Participated in Online Conference on North American Ecotourism (www.planeta.com), acting as facilitator/ moderator of Definitions and Applications Forum.
1999-00Ecolodge Project for the North West Cape (Western Australia), for Western Australia Tourism Commission.
1999-00Consultancy on National Parks and Tourism in Libya, Africa, for UNWTO and the government of Libya.
1999-00Principal instructor of two Graduate Courses on Ecotourism/ Ecolodge Development at Universidad Metropolitana, Puerto Rico.
1999Keynote Speaker at PATA Seminar on Ecotourism and Ecolodges in New Delhi, India, and survey of eight selected ecotourism destinations in India.
1998-99Consultancy for Desarrollos Marinos del Caribe in the development of an architectural design for the El Mandarin Ecotourism Project, Q. Roo, Mexico.
1998-99Instructor of two Graduate Courses on Ecolodge Development at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
1998-99 Ecotourism Master Plan and ecolodge architectural design for the Island of Socotra, Yemen (in the Arabian Sea), for UNDP/UNOPS and Government of Yemen (ecolodge built, 2001).
1998-99Consultancy on Development of a National Ecotourism Strategy for Yemen, for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) , UNDP, and the government of Yemen .
1998-99Consultancy for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the development of a “A Background Report on the State of Tourism in Natural Areas in North America”, Montreal, Canada.
1998Technical coordinator and keynote speaker at Regional Seminar on Ecotourism Development in the Middle East and North Africa, organized by UNWTO, Cairo, Egypt.
1998Keynote Speaker at International Symposium “Ecotourism and Island Birds” at Miyake-jima, Japan (organized by Miyake Nature Center).
1997-98Consultancy on Ecotourism Development Plan for Ankarafantsika Protected Area in Madagascar, for Conservation International and Government of Madagascar, including preliminary architectural design for an interpretative center.
1997Consultancy to Grupo Posadas de Mexico in ecological considerations for hotel project in Loreto, Baja California, Mexico.
1997Main Instructor of Graduate Course on Tourism and the Environment at the Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.
1997Participates in drafting of the Berlin Declaration on Tourism and the Environment, within the framework of the Biodiversity Convention (Frankfurt and Berlin).
1997Keynote speaker at Regional East African Ecotourism Conference and Workshop (The International Ecotourism Society/Kenya Wildlife Service) in Nairobi, Kenya, and ecotourism audit of several Kenyan ecotourism destinations.
1997Consultancy in Ecolodge Design and Development in Egypt: Red Sea Coast for Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, through Winrock International and US-AID.
1997Conducts Course on Ecotourism for the Amazonian Protected Areas for FAO (United Nations) in Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru.
1996-97Site plan, architectural design & ecotourism development program for Punta Sur Park in Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo, Mexico (for Fundacion de Parques y Museos de Cozumel). Built 1999-2000.
1996-97Consultancy to Grupo Posadas in the development of four ecolodges in southeastern Mexico.
1996Ecotourism Audit of 14 South African Parks and Reserves for Adventure Geographic/ Mpumalanga Parks Board/Northern Training Trust South Africa.
1996Master Plan, preliminary architectural design and operational scheme for an Ecotourism Center in southern Quintana Roo, Mexico, for Inmobiliaria T’ho.
1996Ecotourism Strategy for the Amazonian Region of Ecuador (for Ecuadorean Government and UNWTO).
1995-96Development of an ecotourism curricular structure and syllabi, for different academic levels, for Universidad de Quintana Roo, Mexico.
1995National Policy for Tourism in Protected Areas of Ecuador (including Galapagos Islands), for Ecuadorean Government, with GEF/World Bank funding).
1994-96National Ecotourism Plan for Malaysia for Malaysian government and WWF/Malaysia - 7-volume document.
1994-95Master Plan for Ecotourism Project in Los Altos de Chiapas, Mexico for FONATUR..
1994Ecotourism Design of Phase II of SUBIR Project (Sustainable Use of Biological Resources) in Ecuador, for US-AID and TR&D.
1994National Ecotourism Strategy for Mexico (for SECTUR - Ministry of Tourism). You may read three chapters of this Strategy at: http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/mexico/ceballos1.html
1993-94Ecotourism Survey for the Garrotxa Natural Park, Catalonia, Spain, for Catalonian Government.
1993-94Ecotourism Master Plan for Ebro Delta, Spain, for Catalonian Government, Spain.
1993-94Preliminary Studies for National Ecotourism Plan for Malaysia, for UNWTO/UNDP.
1993Ecotourism National Plan for Dominica, for UNDP and Dominican Government.
1993Ecotourism Master Plan for the Cuyabeno Reserve in Ecuador, for GTZ (German Technical Cooperation Agency) and Ecuadorean Government.
1992-93Ecotourism/Cultural Tourism Strategy for the Central American Isthmus for the United Nations World Tourism Organization/UNDP/ IUCN. To see other details of architectural designs and physical plans see: PROJECTS
1991-92Protected Areas Programme Officer of IUCN - The International Union for Conservation of Nature -, based in IUCN Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland. In this position, Coordinator,on behalf of IUCN, of IV World Congress on National Parks and Protected Areas, held in Caracas, Venezuela (1992), attended by 1800+ participants from over 130 countries. During this period, carries out technical missions for IUCN in 12 countries.
1990-91Coordinator of the Tourism and Ecology Program of the Fundación Miguel Alemán of Mexico.
1986-91International Consultant in Ecotourism and Conservation of Protected Areas, having had the following work experience: National Ecotourism Strategy for Uruguay (1991), for the Office of the Presidency of Uruguay (through OAS/IDB); Ecotourism survey in selected national parks of Australia (1990), for IUCN -The World Conservation Union; Ecotourism study in four protected areas of Senegal (1989), for the Senegalese National Park Service; Ecotourism diagnosis of the Mexican State of Guerrero (1989), for the State Government of Guerrero and the U.S. Commission for the Study of International Migration and Cooperative Economic Development; Preliminary studies for the Ruta Maya (1988-89), an Eco-Cultural Tourism Circuit in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras, for the the Mexican Ministry of Tourism, the Wild Wings/Underhill Foundations, and the National Geographic Society (contributor to October 1989 issue of National Geographic on La Ruta Maya); Mexico ecotourism survey and diagnosis (1987-89), as part of 5-country Latin American Ecotourism Study carried out by WWF-U.S. (funded by US-AID), results published in Ecotourism: The Potentials and Pitfalls, edited by E. Boo (WWF-U.S., 1990); Feasibility Study, Master Plan and Architectural Design for an Ecotourism Center for the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Q.R., Mexico (1986-87) for the Mexican Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology (SEDUE); Ecotourism survey and diagnosis of the Peninsula of Baja California, Mexico (1986-87) for Hoteles El Presidente.
1984-92Operational Director of ECOTOURS (Turísmo Ecológico Mexicano), first tour operator agency with that name in the world.
1982-84Director General of Standards and Technology of the Mexican Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology (SEDUE). In this position, coordinates the International Seminar on Ecotechniques Applied to Housing and urban Development (PLEA 84, Mexico City).
1983Coins the term and preliminary definition of "ecotourism".
1981-83Founding President of PRONATURA , the largest and most influential Mexican conservationist NGO, currently with a membership of over 3,000, with four national chapters and one in the U.S. Currently he is Advisor to this NGO.
1977-82Technical Director of Fondo de Vivienda (FOVI) of Banco de México (the Central Bank of Mexico), giving technical approval for the construction of 120,000 low cost dwellings.
1974-2001As an international consultant, researcher and speaker, travels to 70 countries around the world.
1971-74International Expert for CONESCAL (sponsored by UNESCO/OAS), carrying out 12 technical assistance trips to 14 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
1971-74Researcher of the Center for Architectural Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).


1987 to date : Has spoken or taught on the subjects of ecotourism planning, environmentally-friendly architecture, housing and conservation at  international meetings and events at the following venues:
Seville, Spain (1987); Villahermosa, Mexico (1987); Indianapolis, USA (1987); Tikal, Guatemala (1988); Washington, DC, USA (1988); Vancouver, Canada (1988); Merida, Mexico (1989); Toronto, Canada (1989); Dakar, Senegal (1989); Tenerife, Canary Islands (1989); Mexico City (1990); University of Wisconsin, USA (1990); Acapulco, Mexico (1990); Perth, Australia (1990); Montevideo, Uruguay (1991); Santo Domingo, República Dominicana (1991); Guadalajara, Mexico (1991); Santa Marta, Colombia (1991); Buenos Aires, Argentina (1991); Valdivia, Chile (1991); Caracas, Venezuela (1992); Gland, Switzerland (1992); Seville, Spain (1992); Madrid, Spain (1992); Kobarid, Slovenia (1992); Cambridge, UK (1992); San José, Costa Rica (1992); Panama, Panama (1992); Guatemala, Guatemala (1992); Managua, Nicaragua (1993); Reserva Cuyabeno, Ecuador (1993); Quito, Ecuador (1993); San José, Costa Rica (1993); Manaus, Brazil (1993); Isla Margarita, Venezuela (1993); Caracas, Venezuela (1993); Mazatlán, Mexico (1993); Amposta, Spain (1993); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1993); Buenos Aires, Argentina (1994); Aguascalientes, Mexico (1994); Durham, UK (1994); Deltebre, Spain, (1994); Barcelona, Spain (1994);Barrancas del Cobre, Chihuahua, Mexico (1994); Madrid, Spain (1994); Mexico City (1994); Barahona, República Dominicana (1994); Quito, Ecuador (1994); Managua, Nicaragua (1994); Mazatlán, Mexico (1994); Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (1995); Barcelona, Spain (1995);Hermosillo, Mexico (1995); Quito, Ecuador (1995); Buenos Aires, Argentina (1995); Oaxaca, Mexico (1995); Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), Malaysia (1995); Villahermosa, Mexico (1995); Barcelona, Spain (1995); Ebro Delta, Spain (1995); Punta Arenas, Costa Rica (1995); Nassau, Bahamas (1995); Chetumal, Mexico (1995); Mexico City (1996); Manaus, Brazil (1996); Duke University, USA (1996); Florianópolis, Brazil (1996); Joinville, Brazil (1996); Johannesburg, South Africa (1996), Dzaneen, South Africa (1996), Montreal, Canada (1996), Playa del Carmen, Mexico (1996); Tepotzotlán, Mexico (1996); Oberursel, Germany (1997); Quseir, Egypt (1997), Cairo, Egypt (1997), Berlín, Germany (1997); Montreal, Canada (1997); Manu Biosphere Reserve, Perú (1997), Zacatecas. Mexico (1997), Duke University, USA (1997); Mont Tremblant, Canada (1997). Guanajuato, Mexico (1997); Antananarivo, Madagascar (1997); Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar (1997); Chetumal, Mexico (1998); Sana’a, Yemen (1998); Mexico City (1998); Miyake-Jima, Japan (1998); Tulear and Antananarivo, Madagascar (1998); Asheville, N.C., USA (1998); Campo Grande, Brazil (1998), George Washington University, Washington DC, USA (1998); Cairo, Egypt (1998); Socotra Island, Yemen (1998); New Delhi, India (1999); Arica, Chile (1999). Blowing Rock, N.C., USA (1999), Sana’a, Yemen (1999); George Washington University, Washington DC, USA (1999); Playa del Carmen, Mexico (1999); Mexico City (1999); Socotra Island, Yemen (1999); Universidad Metropolitana of Puerto Rico (1999); Perth, Australia (1999), Fraser Island, Australia (1999); Apia, Samoa Islands (1999), Tripoli (Libya, 1999); Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (2000); Mexico City (2000); Nouakchott, Mauritania (2000); Puerto Rico (2000); Viñales, Cuba (2000); La Paz, Baja California, Mexico (2001); Mexico City (2001);); Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico (2001); Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2001); Tayrona National Park, Colombia (2001); Manaus, Brazil (2001); Palmas, Tocantins, Brazil (2001); Sao Paulo, Brazil (2001); San José, Costa Rica (2001); Mexico City (2002); Guayaquil, Ecuador (2002); Fortaleza, Brazil (2002); Stanford University, USA (2002); Québec Ecotourism Summit, Canada (2002); Belem, Brazil (2002); Cd. Guzman, Mexico (2002); Puerto Montt , Chile (2002); Loja, Ecuador (2003); Morelia, Mexico (2003); Cancun, Mexico (2003); Cairo, Egypt (2003); Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia (2003); Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico (2003); Mexico City (2003); Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela (2003); Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico (2003); Cairo, Egypt (2004); Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (2004); Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (2004); Durango, Mexico (2004); Mexico City (2004); Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2004);  Chapíngo University, Mexico (2004);  Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2004); La Paz, Baja California Sur, México (2004); Chetumal, QR, Mexico (2004); Cuzco, Peru (2005); Rawson, Argentina (2005); Puerto Madryn, Argentina (2005); Trelew, Argentina (2005); Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico (2005); Villahermosa, Mexico (2005); Patzcuaro, Mexico (2005); University of Texas in Austin, USA (2005); Maracaibo, Venezuela (2005); Quito, Ecuador (2005); Ajijic, Mexico (2006); Guadalajara, México (2006); Cuernavaca, México(2006); Aguascalientes,  Mexico (2006); Olbia, Sardinia, Italy (2006); San José, Costa Rica (2006); Kandy and Colombo, Sri Lanka (2006); Mexico City (2007); Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo), Malaysia (2007); Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (2008); Chihuahua, Mexico (2008); Santa Marta, Colombia (2008), Beverly Hills, California, USA (2008); Clermont-Ferrand, France (2009); Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (2009); Quillabamba (Cuzco), Peru (2009); Tapachula, Chis., México (2010); Seoul, South Korea (FEALAC) (2010); Seoul National University, South Korea (2010); Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM), México, DF (2010); Cuzco, Peru (2010); México, DF (SAIE) (2011); Managua, Nicaragua (2011); Cd. Valles, México (2011); Puerto Maldonado, Peru (2011); Lima, Peru (2011); Cuzco, Peru (2011); Cd. del Carmen, Camp., México (2011); México, DF (GIET) (2011); León, Guanajuato, México (2012); Dead Sea, Jordan (2012); Barranquilla, Colombia (2012); Riohacha, Colombia (2012); México, DF (2013); Bogotá, Colombia (2013), Veracruz, México (2013), Tepic, Nayarit, México (2013); UNAM, México, DF (2013); San Blas, Nayarit, México (2014); UNAM, México, DF (2014); Escuinapa, Sinaloa, México (2014); Abancay, Peru (2014); Machu Picchu, Peru (2014); Universidad Iberoamericana, México (2014); Cuernavaca, Morelos, México (2014); Lima, Peru (2014); Pachuca, Hidalgo, México (2014-15); Duke University, Durham, USA (2015); Valle de Bravo, México (2015); San José, Costa Rica (2015), Bogotá, Colombia (2015); Ibagué, Colombia (2015); Paipa, Colombia (2015); Manizales, Colombia (2015); Universidad de San Marcos, Lima, Peru (2015), Cancún, México (2015); Bogotá, Colombia (2016); Pachuca, Hidalgo, México (2016); Querétaro, México (2016).


For excerpts of a presentation made by Arq. Ceballos-Lascuráin at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, USA, in February 2015, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlI35J70pNU

For an interview made by Inkaterra Asociación of Peru, in 2014, go to:

To see an interview at Universidad Meridiano, in León, Guanajuato, México, in March 2012, refer to:

For an interview at Jeju isand World Heritage Site, South Korea in June 2010, go to:

For an interview in the radio program Radio Iluminate 830 A.M. XEITE Radio Capital, Mexico City, refer to:

You may read an interview with Ron Mader in February 2008 at:

You may sea and hear an interview with Ron Mader in June 2008 at:

For an interview made by Antonis Petropoulos, from Greece, for ECOCLUB, go to:

You may see and hear an interview with Hector Ceballos-Lascurain in Clermont-Ferrand, France, in July 2009, at:  

You may see and hear an interview made in 2009 in Quillabamba, Peru, by clicking here:

For a brief message of Arq. Ceballos-Lascuráin in Lima, Perú (at the CONPETUR Congress, 2015), see and hear:

To consult his book Ecoturismo Naturaleza y Desarrollo Sostenible, go to: