Nature Experience Team
Nature Experience Team
Here in a few words and in pictures, the human structure of Nature Experience.
Guide, photographer, scientist, tourism professional, former cook, artist, there is something for everyone. The common passion: travels!
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In charge of discovery and family tours
Emma has studied business management and retrained in tourism in which she has been working for several years. After living in New York, then Costa Rica and Panama, she decided on Ecuador as her second home after France. Deeply loving nature, Emma has been enjoying over 14 years the diversity of Ecuador's ecosystems, mainly due to the differences in altitude that are so characteristic of this small country: mountains lined with snow-capped volcanoes which she loves to hike, the abundance of vegetation in the Amazon rain forest, the Galapagos islands, and the Pacific coast. She also likes to meet new people, discover their history and culture and practice yoga assiduously. She will be happy to help you build your tour through Ecuador, for just you, a couple, friends or family.
Alicia is a native of Sigchos, located right in the heart of the Ecuadorian Western mountain range. She holds a technical diploma in accounting and a higher degree in accounting and tax technique (College of Accounting of Pichincha). She has been part of the Nature Experience team since 2010, where she is one of the administrative pillars. Although you probably will not meet her, she is a central player in the agency and will ensure the smooth running of your stay.
Daniel Solis Cusme
Native of Boston, he studied biology at Colorado College and earned a MS from Northern Arizona University. He spent 12 summers in Mexico as part of his father's Harvard-Chiapas project, then worked at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. In 1990 he directed a highway Environmental Assessment for IDB in Ecuador and was hooked.
Former guide in the Amazon and Galapagos, he has been birding since 1974 and has lived in Ecuador for 32 years, doing environmental consulting, teaching tropical ecology to study abroad students (Academic Director, School for International Training), conducting bird surveys and preparing bird lists for foundations and protected areas in Ecuador and Bolivia and has led two birding expeditions to Volcano Sumaco. He found a new bird species for Ecuador and has published articles on bird behavior and range expansion. The spotted rail (Pardirallus maculatus) was his 1500th species observed for his Ecuador list, which currently stands at 1518 bird species observed.
As an active bird sound recordist, he has over 1300 recordings listed on Xeno-canto and 42 tracks on Birds sounds of Ecuador.
He is also interested in botany and has a comprehensive knowledge of Andean flora and fauna other than birds. He was part of the team that rediscovered the curious and rare lost horned anole lizard (Anolis proboscis) in 2005, in the Mindo region.
Bird guide and naturalist resident in the Galapagos
Born in Spain, he has been living in the Galapagos and Ecuador for 30 years, where he leads trips throughout the country.
He studied biology at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid where he also obtained a master's degree in ecology.
He started birding at the age of 15 and since then it has been a passion for him wherever he travels.
As a certified Galapagos naturalist guide with over 30 years of experience in the islands, he has led groups of travelers from all over the world, in Spanish, French or English, focusing on birding, wildlife, flora and marine life.
He is an avid birder, hiker, cyclist and photographer, as well as a lecturer, and has a passion for sharing the natural world with others, not only in the Galapagos but also in the cloud forests and Amazon rainforest.
As a guide, he has led groups in different countries in South America, Central America, Antarctica and Africa.
Author of a field guide to the terrestrial life of the Galapagos (Vol 1) and the marine life of the Galapagos (Vol 2), published by Spot Fieldguides.