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!

Xavier Amigo
Xavier Amigo

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

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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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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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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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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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Delphine Vandermersch
Delphine Vandermersch

Discovery and family travel advisor

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Delphine Vandermersch is Belgian and arrived in South America in 2014. She began her trip in Peru where she worked several months on a project as a volunteer. She liked that way of traveling and started exploring and volunteering, making her way up to Ecuador. It was during another project on the coast of Ecuador that Delphine learned Spanish and managed to connect more and more with the people and the local culture.She fell in love with this beautiful country, with its varied nature, ancestral cultures and breath-taking landscapes. Every time she goes into nature - she loves to go camping or hiking - she continues to be amazed by the beauty of Ecuador. Tourism gives her the chance to share her passion for this country with you.

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Alejandra Boada
Alejandra Boada

Naturalist travel advisor

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Alejandra Boada is Spanish and has arrived in Ecuador in May 2015, where she felt in love of its landscapes, people, traditions and culture. Her career in Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid in communication has allowed her to combine her work with her passions: traveling, visiting, learning and continue fighting for a responsible tourism. Her role for several years in a franco-ecuadorian Foundation has given her the opportunity to travel almost around all Ecuador, always surprised by all the beauty of this small but great country. She is passionate about the sea, loves to camp in order to be in direct contact with nature, trekking, extreme sports and, lately, reaching volcanic summits is among her enthusiasms. She would love to share with you all her experiences to show the beauty and wealth of the country.

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Dana Abbady
Dana Abbady

Naturalist travel advisor

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Passionate about environmental conservation, Dana has sought different ways to get involved in activities related to sustainable development. After working in Ecuador for several years in projects related to Ecotourism and traveling as a national guide, she lived in France for three years, where she developed her knowledge in sustainable agriculture and agroecology. She enjoys traveling to places where she can find nature whenever possible and while she lives in the city today, she grows her garden in order to not lose contact with the earth. She believes in the potential of responsible tourism in Ecuador as a means to share the richness of its biodiversity with the world and raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation.

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Pierre Ferron
Pierre Ferron

Resident guide, photographer and naturalist

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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. 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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José Luis Pushaina
José Luis Pushaina

Local birdwatching guide

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Jose Luis is not only an excellent community leader Wayuu, he is also a expert of his native ancestral land, the Guajira, and especially of his avifaune. He knows every nook and cranny of its territory to detect the rarest endemic and representative species of the region. Holder of a degree in Environmental Engineering and a specialization in tourism and ornithology, he actively participates in the development of his native community and has a large number of projects for the protection of the flamenco flora and fauna sanctuary, his main field of work during ornithological trips in Colombia.

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