Juan Fernando Escobar was born and grew up in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. He studied arts, Waldorf Education and International Trade. After some thirty years in Europe, Peru and Canada, he returned to Ecuador in 1999, dedicating his time to organic farming, teaching and tourism, mainly guiding cultural groups in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. He is an Ecuadorian, Canadian and Swiss national and speaks Spanish, English, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. He likes trekking, flute playing and reading.