The Rancho Cacachilas Team

The Rancho Cacachilas team is ready to help make your Baja guest ranch experience the best ever! Our staff come from the Baja Peninsula, Mexico mainland, and the states. Our staff manage all aspects of our working ranch activities (livestock management, creamery, gardens, beekeeping, and watershed management.) and for our guest ranch and adventure resort tours and trips (hospitality, kitchen staff, guides & cowboys, reservations & office, events, and Bike Shop Hub). Meet the team below!


Hospitality Team

In charge of the well being of all our guests, charismatic and always attentive, our hospitality team works together as a team to support the daily tour operation. They will go the extra mile reassuring that your stay at Rancho Cacachilas is always a remarkable experience.

Luisa Maria Navarro Mendoza - Guest Coordinator   Guest coordinator, Luisa was one of the first employees of the ranch, with over 10 years of experience; she supervises the hospitality team to assure their performance. She also supervises the kitchen staff and the quality of the food service.

Luisa Maria Navarro Mendoza - Guest Coordinator

Guest coordinator, Luisa was one of the first employees of the ranch, with over 10 years of experience; she supervises the hospitality team to assure their performance. She also supervises the kitchen staff and the quality of the food service.

Yessenia Cota Lucero - Hospitality Team Member   Yessenia is part of the local community of El Sargento. She is a vital member of the hospitality team who takes care of the accommodations arrangements and the kitchen duty. She is charismatic and always willing to help.

Yessenia Cota Lucero - Hospitality Team Member

Yessenia is part of the local community of El Sargento. She is a vital member of the hospitality team who takes care of the accommodations arrangements and the kitchen duty. She is charismatic and always willing to help.

Dulce Maria Chavez - Hospitality Team Member   Dulce joined our team during the 2018/2019 season. She is part of the local community of El Sargento and works in the kitchen and the housekeeping team. She always greets you with a smile around the Ranch!

Dulce Maria Chavez - Hospitality Team Member

Dulce joined our team during the 2018/2019 season. She is part of the local community of El Sargento and works in the kitchen and the housekeeping team. She always greets you with a smile around the Ranch!


Gardens & Dairy team

Micky Geraldo Aviles - Manager of Dairy Goats   While Micky's role has changed over the course of the 9 years he's worked on the ranch, his main focus currently is on our dairy goats. He knows the ranch like the back of his hand and also contributes to maintenance, tourism activities, and is a go-to for questions and logistics. He loves being with animals and has always enjoyed animal husbandry. Because we treat our goats with respect and care, they are a part of the family and we make sure they are well cared for.

Micky Geraldo Aviles - Manager of Dairy Goats

While Micky's role has changed over the course of the 9 years he's worked on the ranch, his main focus currently is on our dairy goats. He knows the ranch like the back of his hand and also contributes to maintenance, tourism activities, and is a go-to for questions and logistics. He loves being with animals and has always enjoyed animal husbandry. Because we treat our goats with respect and care, they are a part of the family and we make sure they are well cared for.

Juan Carlos Geraldo Aviles - Farmer and Beekeeper   Juan Carlos grew up on a nearby ranch and has been working with us since the farm's beginning and even before (2014). His prior jobs were in conventional agriculture, animal husbandry, and construction but he loves the work he does now. He is happy to be healthier, growing organic vegetables to feed his family and friend and is excited about his new found passion: natural beekeeping.

Juan Carlos Geraldo Aviles - Farmer and Beekeeper

Juan Carlos grew up on a nearby ranch and has been working with us since the farm's beginning and even before (2014). His prior jobs were in conventional agriculture, animal husbandry, and construction but he loves the work he does now. He is happy to be healthier, growing organic vegetables to feed his family and friend and is excited about his new found passion: natural beekeeping.

Yesenia del Carmen Aviles Meza - Assistant Cheesemaker   Yesi began working at RC in 2017 in the seed-saving garden, which is on site with the creamery. While she developed her gardening skills, cheesemaking peaked her interest. She began to work in the creamery some days of the week and now is Yeni's assistant cheesemaker. She is a hard worker with a positive attitude and is knowledgeable about a multitude of subjects related to the ranch.

Yesenia del Carmen Aviles Meza - Assistant Cheesemaker

Yesi began working at RC in 2017 in the seed-saving garden, which is on site with the creamery. While she developed her gardening skills, cheesemaking peaked her interest. She began to work in the creamery some days of the week and now is Yeni's assistant cheesemaker. She is a hard worker with a positive attitude and is knowledgeable about a multitude of subjects related to the ranch.

Carlos Alfonso Aviles- Dairyman, Maintenance   BIO Coming Soon!

Carlos Alfonso Aviles- Dairyman, Maintenance

BIO Coming Soon!

 
Benigno Geraldo - Farmer and Beekeeper   Benigno came in to assist Juan Carlos in the fall of 2015 and has also been at the farm since it's beginning in 2016. Benigno, like Juan Carlos, worked in conventional agriculture, animal husbandry, and construction before joining us at RC. He is hardworking and proud of the high quality products his team produces. He was born and raised in a nearby ranch and is raising a family as well.

Benigno Geraldo - Farmer and Beekeeper

Benigno came in to assist Juan Carlos in the fall of 2015 and has also been at the farm since it's beginning in 2016. Benigno, like Juan Carlos, worked in conventional agriculture, animal husbandry, and construction before joining us at RC. He is hardworking and proud of the high quality products his team produces. He was born and raised in a nearby ranch and is raising a family as well.

Erika Sanchez Robledo- Sales Coordinator   Erika joined our team in December of 2018 and, even though she is a newer member, we don't know what we'd do without her! She coordinates our product sales at farmer's markets, to restaurants and stores, and within the ranch for our tourism activities. Erika was born and raised in Colombia but has lived in the La Paz area for years. She studied marine biology and has worked in the past with other eco-tourism and nature conservation projects - her passions aligned with ours creating a stronger team!

Erika Sanchez Robledo- Sales Coordinator

Erika joined our team in December of 2018 and, even though she is a newer member, we don't know what we'd do without her! She coordinates our product sales at farmer's markets, to restaurants and stores, and within the ranch for our tourism activities. Erika was born and raised in Colombia but has lived in the La Paz area for years. She studied marine biology and has worked in the past with other eco-tourism and nature conservation projects - her passions aligned with ours creating a stronger team!

Cameron Dalton - Farm and Creamery Manager   While Cameron studied Global Food Security in college he also worked for his family's award-winning artisanal cheese company in Northern California. He developed a love of cheesemaking and cattle grazing at the dairy and kept a garden with his partner, Jessica, at home. He brought his technical knowledge down to Rancho Cacachilas and created an exchange of knowdlege with the ranchers. Now he manages the production farm, creamery, and dairy animals at the Ranch.

Cameron Dalton - Farm and Creamery Manager

While Cameron studied Global Food Security in college he also worked for his family's award-winning artisanal cheese company in Northern California. He developed a love of cheesemaking and cattle grazing at the dairy and kept a garden with his partner, Jessica, at home. He brought his technical knowledge down to Rancho Cacachilas and created an exchange of knowdlege with the ranchers. Now he manages the production farm, creamery, and dairy animals at the Ranch.

Beto Geraldo Mendoza - Milker, Maintenance   Although Beto has been a part of our team for less than a year, he is a crucial team member! He is responsible for milking the goats in the evenings and he is beginning to help with maintenance in the seed garden. He is someone to call on whenever you need a hand - he will come with a great attitude and efficiency in his work.

Beto Geraldo Mendoza - Milker, Maintenance

Although Beto has been a part of our team for less than a year, he is a crucial team member! He is responsible for milking the goats in the evenings and he is beginning to help with maintenance in the seed garden. He is someone to call on whenever you need a hand - he will come with a great attitude and efficiency in his work.

Jessica Linebarger - Manager of Educational Programs and Products Sales   Jessica has been working for the Ranch since the summer of 2015 and moved, with her partner Cameron, from California USA to Baja California Mexico for the amazing opportunity to work at RC. She worked multiple jobs over the years combining two of her passions - farming and education and is so grateful to be designing her own garden curriculum to share with local communities and travelers alike. You may also see her at the local farmer's markets!

Jessica Linebarger - Manager of Educational Programs and Products Sales

Jessica has been working for the Ranch since the summer of 2015 and moved, with her partner Cameron, from California USA to Baja California Mexico for the amazing opportunity to work at RC. She worked multiple jobs over the years combining two of her passions - farming and education and is so grateful to be designing her own garden curriculum to share with local communities and travelers alike. You may also see her at the local farmer's markets!

Yeni Verdugo Verdugo - Head Cheesemaker   Yeni says cheesemaking is in her blood. Even as a young girl she would help her grandmother make cheese and sell it to her neighbors. She grew up in a nearby ranch and moved to RC in 2009 with her husband, Micky, and daughter. In the past Yeni worked in tourism on the ranch, cooking and cleaning, and is now almost entirely focused on cheesemaking. She is proud of how the quality and diversity of her cheeses have changed over the years and especially of her two bronze international awards!

Yeni Verdugo Verdugo - Head Cheesemaker

Yeni says cheesemaking is in her blood. Even as a young girl she would help her grandmother make cheese and sell it to her neighbors. She grew up in a nearby ranch and moved to RC in 2009 with her husband, Micky, and daughter. In the past Yeni worked in tourism on the ranch, cooking and cleaning, and is now almost entirely focused on cheesemaking. She is proud of how the quality and diversity of her cheeses have changed over the years and especially of her two bronze international awards!


Vaqueros

Our Vaquero Team is an integral part of our Holistic Management Program.  They carefully move the cattle throughout the ranch as a tool to till and fertilize the land helping to restore ecosystems natural cycles and increase biodiversity. 

Adolfo Aviles Geraldo   Adolfo is full of knowledge of the land and has taught us about the water sources on the ranch. He is in charge of insuring that these water sources are connected through a hose network to the different paddocks so the cattle have enough water to drink.

Adolfo Aviles Geraldo

Adolfo is full of knowledge of the land and has taught us about the water sources on the ranch. He is in charge of insuring that these water sources are connected through a hose network to the different paddocks so the cattle have enough water to drink.

Florent Gomis   Florent is in charge of the holistic management program and coordinating the vaqueros to work as a team to have the desired low impact on the land. making Rancho Cacachilas an example in the region to restore the land and with a well-planned grazing program that has a positive socio-economical and biological impact.

Florent Gomis

Florent is in charge of the holistic management program and coordinating the vaqueros to work as a team to have the desired low impact on the land. making Rancho Cacachilas an example in the region to restore the land and with a well-planned grazing program that has a positive socio-economical and biological impact.

Jose Antonio Geraldo (Toño)   Toño is the vaquero in charge of the electric fences in the grazing program. These fences are a very useful tool to have a more direct impact of tilling and fertilizing that we want the cattle to have on the land.

Jose Antonio Geraldo (Toño)

Toño is the vaquero in charge of the electric fences in the grazing program. These fences are a very useful tool to have a more direct impact of tilling and fertilizing that we want the cattle to have on the land.

Rodrigo Aviles Geraldo   (Rigo)   Rigo is the vaquero in charge of the mules and dogs that are used in the grazing program. To move the cattle around it is much easier to move our mules through the rough country we have on the ranch, and the Australian shepherds have been very useful for these purposes too.

Rodrigo Aviles Geraldo (Rigo)

Rigo is the vaquero in charge of the mules and dogs that are used in the grazing program. To move the cattle around it is much easier to move our mules through the rough country we have on the ranch, and the Australian shepherds have been very useful for these purposes too.

Israel Aviles Meza   Israel is the vaquero in charge of the cattle, from breeding, births, and culling selection. He also takes care of the grazing program, carefully moving, with his team, the cattle around the different paddocks to create the desired limited animal impact.

Israel Aviles Meza

Israel is the vaquero in charge of the cattle, from breeding, births, and culling selection. He also takes care of the grazing program, carefully moving, with his team, the cattle around the different paddocks to create the desired limited animal impact.


Exploration Team

Our Exploration team is in charge of the geophysics research conducted in the ranch. They help us to understand the natural recourses that these mountains offer which helps us to achieve better way to protect and preserve them. As well are part of the trail development constructing the finest trails for mountain biking.

Gerardo Castro - Crew Supervisor   Gerardo is an El Sargento local and supervises the performance of the exploration crew, conducts the geophysics field work through the ranch which helps us to understand more about this mountains. He also leads the crew in trail construction and maintenance.

Gerardo Castro - Crew Supervisor

Gerardo is an El Sargento local and supervises the performance of the exploration crew, conducts the geophysics field work through the ranch which helps us to understand more about this mountains. He also leads the crew in trail construction and maintenance.

Luis Donaldo   The youngest member of the Exploration team, but a vital member no less! He also works well as a trail builder. He is also part of the local community of El Sargento.

Luis Donaldo

The youngest member of the Exploration team, but a vital member no less! He also works well as a trail builder. He is also part of the local community of El Sargento.

Alejandro Aviles B   Alejandro was one of the first members of the exploration team. He knows these mountains very well from surveying them through the geophysics fieldwork. He also works as a trail builder helping us with the trail development.

Alejandro Aviles B

Alejandro was one of the first members of the exploration team. He knows these mountains very well from surveying them through the geophysics fieldwork. He also works as a trail builder helping us with the trail development.

Francisco Leon   A vital member of the exploration team. He also works at the Ranch as a trail builder. He started his trail building path starting with the iconic Santa Rosa Trail.

Francisco Leon

A vital member of the exploration team. He also works at the Ranch as a trail builder. He started his trail building path starting with the iconic Santa Rosa Trail.

Jose Luis Leon   Jose is a newer exploration team member, also part of the trail development group, he works constructing trails of the best quality for mountain biking.

Jose Luis Leon

Jose is a newer exploration team member, also part of the trail development group, he works constructing trails of the best quality for mountain biking.


Trail Builders

Octavio Rosas - Crew Supervisor   Octavio has ample experience that has made him one of the lead trail designers in charge of the trail development on the ranch. His leadership on the field is noticeable, supporting his team members into constricting the very best of the trails.

Octavio Rosas - Crew Supervisor

Octavio has ample experience that has made him one of the lead trail designers in charge of the trail development on the ranch. His leadership on the field is noticeable, supporting his team members into constricting the very best of the trails.

 
Diego Cosio   Diego is one of the strong, new additions on the team. He has a strong and eager desire to work on the field constructing trails.

Diego Cosio

Diego is one of the strong, new additions on the team. He has a strong and eager desire to work on the field constructing trails.

Oscar Aaron Cañedo - Crew Supervisor   Oscar is an enthusiastic trail designer on the trail development team. He also enjoys riding the trails that he and his team construct. With a degree in ecotourism, he has also became one of the lead tour guides on the ranch!

Oscar Aaron Cañedo - Crew Supervisor

Oscar is an enthusiastic trail designer on the trail development team. He also enjoys riding the trails that he and his team construct. With a degree in ecotourism, he has also became one of the lead tour guides on the ranch!

 
Gustavo Calderon   Gustavo is one of the most experienced members of the team. He is a natural leader, with a whole life of experience, and truly a hard worker.

Gustavo Calderon

Gustavo is one of the most experienced members of the team. He is a natural leader, with a whole life of experience, and truly a hard worker.

Gonzalo Cosio Rosas   Gonzalo is a trail designer, young and charismatic, and always smiling and willing to help. Gonzalo is a true leader on the field. While constructing trails he always finds unique challenges to incorporate into the advanced trails.

Gonzalo Cosio Rosas

Gonzalo is a trail designer, young and charismatic, and always smiling and willing to help. Gonzalo is a true leader on the field. While constructing trails he always finds unique challenges to incorporate into the advanced trails.

 
Jorge Lucero   Jorge is a skilled member of the Trail Building team but he also has a talent for helping in the kitchen under the supervision of hospitality team.

Jorge Lucero

Jorge is a skilled member of the Trail Building team but he also has a talent for helping in the kitchen under the supervision of hospitality team.

Alejandro Aviles Rieke   Alejandro is a young, enthusiastic Trail builder. He is a really strong team member and is always willing to work hard while on the field constructing trails.

Alejandro Aviles Rieke

Alejandro is a young, enthusiastic Trail builder. He is a really strong team member and is always willing to work hard while on the field constructing trails.

 
Reyes Cosio   Reyes is a wonderful member of the trail building team. He is one of the newer members of the team, always willing to learn and a hard worker.

Reyes Cosio

Reyes is a wonderful member of the trail building team. He is one of the newer members of the team, always willing to learn and a hard worker.


Operations and maintenance crew

The maintenance crew is responsible for the activities related to the infrastructure and installations at the ranch. They follow the maintenance plans and are ready to attend to every issue at any location or installations. This versatile crew additionally uses diverse tools and machinery to support other activities on the ranch, such as grazing program and animal care.

Joaquin Geraldo - Foreman   Joaquin Geraldo was a pioneer of the ranch since the beginning of the project, now he is the Foreman of the ranch. He is responsible for the overall operations and his specialized knowledge and experience at the ranch insures fluid operations. He is able to lead projects between diverse departments.

Joaquin Geraldo - Foreman

Joaquin Geraldo was a pioneer of the ranch since the beginning of the project, now he is the Foreman of the ranch. He is responsible for the overall operations and his specialized knowledge and experience at the ranch insures fluid operations. He is able to lead projects between diverse departments.

Remigio Aviles   Remigio is one of our staff with the most experience and knowledge of ranching management and maintenance. He is a very versatile employee for his extensive skills and extensive knowledge of the area. He is an employee who can support almost all areas of the ranch and that helps us a lot to solve problems. His work as a guide has been very important for scientists who have come to carry out various research in the area. He is also an important member of our local guides for ranch tours.

Remigio Aviles

Remigio is one of our staff with the most experience and knowledge of ranching management and maintenance. He is a very versatile employee for his extensive skills and extensive knowledge of the area. He is an employee who can support almost all areas of the ranch and that helps us a lot to solve problems. His work as a guide has been very important for scientists who have come to carry out various research in the area. He is also an important member of our local guides for ranch tours.

Gaston Amao   Gaston is the caretaker of the horses and mules at the ranch. His love and patience for the horses comes from his experience with them since a child. Gaston is very skilled with leather works and helps with saddle care and the maintenance of all of our saddles and traditional leather works from this region of Mexico. Gaston is the main guide for the mule ride tours at the ranch together with his brother Abraham. They make a special team for this popular ranch activity.

Gaston Amao

Gaston is the caretaker of the horses and mules at the ranch. His love and patience for the horses comes from his experience with them since a child. Gaston is very skilled with leather works and helps with saddle care and the maintenance of all of our saddles and traditional leather works from this region of Mexico. Gaston is the main guide for the mule ride tours at the ranch together with his brother Abraham. They make a special team for this popular ranch activity.

Ismael Aviles   Ismael is responsible for the machinery maintenance and operation workshop, his skills, experience and knowledge make him a key person of our staff, he is in charge of welding, mechanics and maintenance of vehicles and machinery. He is also very skilled at solving any maintenance problem or any problem on the ranch, always available for any task, even participating in livestock grazing.

Ismael Aviles

Ismael is responsible for the machinery maintenance and operation workshop, his skills, experience and knowledge make him a key person of our staff, he is in charge of welding, mechanics and maintenance of vehicles and machinery. He is also very skilled at solving any maintenance problem or any problem on the ranch, always available for any task, even participating in livestock grazing.

Jesús Sebastián Aviles   Jesus is assistant to the maintenance and machinery workshop, supports Ismael in the various daily activities of preventive and corrective maintenance of vehicles, machinery and infrastructure. He is very dedicated and his knowledge and experience of ranch work allow him to support animal care work and regenerative herding. He has specialized in bioconstruction techniques.

Jesús Sebastián Aviles

Jesus is assistant to the maintenance and machinery workshop, supports Ismael in the various daily activities of preventive and corrective maintenance of vehicles, machinery and infrastructure. He is very dedicated and his knowledge and experience of ranch work allow him to support animal care work and regenerative herding. He has specialized in bioconstruction techniques.


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