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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Xavier Amigo

Xavier Amigo

Responsible for naturalist, botanical and ornithological travel. Responsible of fixing and profesional contact.

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Birding Botanical Fixing Herping Naturalist Photo Scuba Diving Transport

A great enthusiast of the neo-tropical environment, he has now resided for more than 25 years in Ecuador, where he founded Nature Experience. A self-taught ornithologist and naturalist, he holds a diploma in Conservation Strategy and Techniques in the neo-tropical zone, an active member of several conservation foundations and a founding member of the National Bird Watch Network ( RedAvesEcuador). He will help you in the elaboration of your natural, ornithological and professional requests. He will also share with you his experience of more than fifteen years as a guide in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil but also in Peru and the Galapagos.

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Dorian Noël

Dorian Noël

In charge of Naturalist tours, resident naturalist guide in Ecuador

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Transport Naturalist Watercolouring

Always having felt a deep love for nature, Dorian took advantage of his studies and vacation to explore South America in search for off the beaten path and authenticity. With a degree in tropical biology in his pocket, it is in French Guiana where he made his first strides, based in Kourou, he launched a base into the depths of the Amazon and the rest of the continent. One thing led to another, and he gradually moved towards tourism, in a desire to share his passion for this exceptional region of the world. He is responsible for the realization of naturalistic itineraries, family tours and scientific expeditions.

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Emma Laforge

Emma Laforge

In charge of discovery and family tours

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Family Trekking

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.

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Sebastian Diaz

Sebastian Diaz

Operation Manager

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Transport

Sebastian Díaz is Ecuadorian, but lived all his youth in France (Paris) where he continued all his schooling obtaining an OTC in advertising (IUT Paris V Descartes), as well as a bachelor in Information and Communication (University Paris VIII Vincennes Saint Denis) followed by a master's degree in geopolitics (IFG French Institute of Geopolitics). After 17 years, he decided to return to Ecuador to pursue a career as a dancer, following the same long-standing family tradition. He rediscovered all the natural and cultural facets of his country, his second passion. In 2013 he joined the team of Nature Experience while pursuing dance in parallel. He intends to promote the multicultural beauty and biodiversity that make up his native land: Ecuador.

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Alicia Sangotuña

Alicia Sangotuña

Accounting Assistant

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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.

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Wilson Raura

Wilson Raura

Driver and responsible of transportation and logistic

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Transport

Wilson is a native of the Cotopaxi province of Sigchos Canton, and now based in the city of Quito from the age of 10 where he studied and did his personal life. He is a cheerful and friendly young man, passionate about music, a professional instrumentalist musician which allows him to travel throughout Ecuador and some countries in South America, thus knowing the flora, fauna, diversity of the villages and their customs. Wilson is part of Nature Experience since 2018 as a carrier and driver. He will travel with you to the most exuberant and exotic corners of our beautiful country, always providing the best service, making your experience unique.

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Daniel Solis Cusme

Daniel Solis Cusme

Operations Manager, Cultural Manager, Audiovisual Producer

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Family Transport Trekking

Daniel, born in the city of Esmeraldas, on the Ecuadorian coast, has participated in diverse areas of knowledge ranging from technological development to the cultural management of independent spaces. He has also been involved in the development of alternative media and social organization focused on rural and urban community organizations. He has been involved in tourism for 2 years, first as Experience Manager of one of the most active hostels in the city and currently as the head of operations of our agency, without leaving aside his passions for culture and audiovisual production.

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Pierre Ferron

Pierre Ferron

Resident photographer and naturalist guide, diving instructor, fixing project manager - Mega Web Master

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Birding Family Naturalist Photo Scuba Diving

Pierre went on a two year adventure with his backpack and camera throughout South America but all these adventures were not enough to quench his thirst for adventure. Adventurer in soul, his passion for felines taught him the patience to observe and photograph them. Self-taught naturalist, photography enthusiast since the age of 8 years, it is with his camera that he shares his passion for nature and travels. Also instructor of scuba diving, he will guide you as well on the ground as under water. Pierre will guide you to the best viewpoints to bring out the best in your photos. He gives as well great advice on how to handle your camera equipment and how to take advantage of settings to capture the best picture.

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Charlie Vogt

Charlie Vogt

Resident guide

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Birding Botanical Herping Naturalist

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.

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Luis Die

Luis Die

Bird guide and naturalist resident in the Galapagos

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Birding Botanical Naturalist Photo

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.

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Romain Dufau

Romain Dufau

Guide photographer, naturalist and ornithologist

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Birding Naturalist Photo

Early on, Romain has developed a passion for what nature offers us, especially the avifauna. That's why he fell in love with Latin America, where he spent a long time with his photographic equipment, immortalizing a great diversity of neotropical birds, in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador but also in Costa Rica. But what he likes most is to transmit emotion through images. More than an art, wildlife photography is above all a state of mind that he strives to share. He has exhibited in many festivals including the international festival of Montier-en-der. He will know how to guide you for beautiful naturalist observations, immortalized in the lens.

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Sandra Morocho

Sandra Morocho

Resident guide

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Birding Naturalist Photo

She is born and raised in the eastern cloud forest of Ecuador and identifies herself as a nature lover. In addition to working alongside community members to restore the forests of her native region, she enjoys guiding avid bird watchers. In the last 10 years Sandra has worked in the tourism industry as a naturalist guide and as a hotel manager in the Amazon rainforest. She is passionate about showing the country's natural treasures, as a way to raise awareness about the importance of nature conservation. Exploring the highlands, the cloud forest or the Ecuadorian Amazon with Sandra will make for a great trip, full of in-depth insights into Ecuador and learning from her adventures around the world as an ambassador for the rights of nature.

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