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A small detail of the species observed on the whole trip (Ecuador + Galapagos): 234 species of birds (including 85 cochas). 12 species of mammals (5 marine, 7 terrestrial). 11 reptiles and amphibians. X fishes (a lot of work is needed to identify them with the Go Pro images). As far as endemic birds are concerned, we saw all those possible on the islands visited, except for the Rail and 2 finches (sharp-billed and vegetarian), as well as many seabirds (3 storm-petrels, Galapagos petrels, all the gulls, boobies, frigate birds, etc). Also 6 very well seen orcas, 1 Bryde's whale, a group of very confident bottlenose dolphins, etc. It is very difficult for me to say which part of the trip is my favourite.... For the whole family it was the Galapagos. Maybe for me too, because of the great exceptionality of a unique place, but the rest was also very very beautiful. A great trip !!!! Many thanks to Xavier and...View the comment
Many thanks for this excellent collaboration, certainly not the last one? Francois Turrian - President Birdlife Switzerland. What a beautiful discovery of a magnificently colored world. Thank you for sharing it with us with humor and competence. Congratulations again and good luck for you and yours. Patrice Jichlinski- Switzerland. Dear Xavier, What a wonderful country! Thanks to you we could touch the magic, the beauty, the cheerfulness and so many other Ecuadorian things. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. What memories forever in my heart. Friendships from Ecuador. Christine Wegmueller - Switzerland. Bravo for the exceptional qualities of guide. We will not forget the imitation of the little blackbird and the heron! Audrey and Philippe Rossier - Switzerland. With you (Xavier) it was very nice. Keep your faces, your laugh and your southern accent. A big thank you for everything ...View the comment
Organization: excellent. We had proposed sites of interest to you, you connected them perfectly. We trusted you completely for the postponement in 2021 of the trip planned for 2020, and we were not disappointed. We appreciated your professionalism, your responsiveness, your follow-up of our trip. Drivers: the first one, ok. But Fernando is not only a careful, punctual, attentive, cultured driver. He speaks French well and taught us a lot of things in all fields. And reactive to the problems of paro. Really to be recommended! Guides : very good. We appreciated a lot their knowledge and their passion for nature : Luis in Siona Lodge, Natalia in Mindo, Darwin Alvarez on the Nemo III. Only the guide in Cotopaxi was less willing (except for the climb to the refuge). Hotels: good choice in the city center for the walking tours of Quito, Otavalo, Cuenca and Guayaquil. Swimming pools appreciated in Lago Agrio and Guayaquil. The lodges were very good: Siona, Roulotte, Cotopaxi all w...View the comment
It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to shoot a wildlife documentary with Xavier and Pierre, from Nature Experience, in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Andes. Understanding perfectly my specific expectations and knowing very well the country and its possibilities, they knew how to direct me towards the best spots and the best contacts. Then, in the field, they did everything possible to facilitate the shooting: negotiation with the local authorities, hiring of trackers, loan of equipment in case of need, technical advice, information on the fauna and flora, etc. In short, I felt "supported", during the whole shooting, which is precious when you are on sometimes difficult grounds and you don't speak Spanish! They never made m...View the comment
What did you retain from your trip to Ecuador? A strong emotion: the encounter with the manta ray during the last dive! We will remember the welcome and the smile of the Ecuadorians despite our stammering Spanish. Varied landscapes with a different atmosphere after a few hours of transportation. Do you have any other general observations to make about your trip? Pierre's attention was very much appreciated before the trip (to answer our wishes) and during the trip (to make sure it went well).View the comment
Hello Sofia. Here is the return of the questionnaire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very warmly for the work you did, the quality of the organization and the human qualities and your kindness. We really enjoyed the trip and you are there for a lot. I measure the time and energy you spent to manage our difficulties! Thank you very much for that and your almost permanent availability. A great professionalism! Please also pass on our thanks to Carlos for his kindness and professionalism. He was always very kind, attentive to our requests, adorable with our children (Avril adored him). A lot of culture and interest to travel with him and great qualities to manage our "troubles". A big thank you to him... I wish you an excellent continuation and that your agency can find a beautiful activity, because it deserves it. Do not hesitate (Carlos like you) to come and see us if by chance you come to France. Sincerely, Benoit and all the DUPERTHUY familyView the comment
Since the time Emilio dreamed of it... The Amazon forest!!! 🤗😱 Thanks to Sofia from @nature_experience_group for recommending this incredible nature reserve to us! We had a crazy 4 days at the @nickyamazonlogde! And we took so many pictures that I had a hard time sorting through them to tell you about this enchanting interlude! 😅 Follow them on Instagram @happy.family.tour.2020View the comment
"Juan did an excellent job. Also it was useful to have local guides with us at some locations.The whole trip was overall well prepared and we saw more birds than we expected to see. Juan also concentrated on target birds which was good. The handling of the trip by Dana was very professional." Julia and Christoph Moning on a trip in Ecuador in August 2019View the trip View the comment
"Thank you for this journey that has delighted us in every way. It was our first guided naturalist trip and it allowed us to discover from the inside a little known country. We have plenty of memories in mind: the hummingbirds' ballet, the colorful birds, the breathtaking scenery, the condors flying, the Yasuni village (not planned), the beauty of the Galapagos Islands, the exceptional wealth of funds submarines, from the first to the last second everything was beautiful and magical, thank you Xavier, thank you Pierre, thank you Erika, thank you Carlos, thank you Fernando. Here are some pictures of our trip that you can use on your site. Several people around us are delighted by the description of our stay and asked me for details about your organization and your naturalistic projects. We have done a lot of promotions for you...View the trip View the comment
Pedro Pastor was a phenomenal guide. He is a very skilled birder and our birding success was great. But he is also very knowledgeable about plant life and ecosystems and very generous in sharing his insights. He was also comfortable discussing Ecuadorian history and current Ecuadorian culture. There were just two of us on this trip, so we spent a lot of time with Pedro. He has a good instinct for when to offer information and insights and when to enjoy the scenery or settings in silence. I could not be more pleased with Pedro as a guide. We would enthusiastically travel with him again. Nick Heldt and Cindy Plevin Taylor made Birding travel in January 2019View the comment