Refugio Paz de las Aves

Many years before I visited Ecuador, I had heard about Refugio Paz de Las Aves, and its owner, Angel Paz, the “Antpitta whisperer”. You are probably wondering “And what exactly is an ant pitta?”  Antpittas are forest birds that feed on ants and other insects on or near the ground. They are dull-colored birds with…

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Boxed in by Landslides

Here’s the landslide at our lodge! Luckily no one was injured, and there were generators in the dining area so we were able to have normal meals. The lack of electricity in our rooms wasn’t too much of an issue since we were basically only there to sleep.  Another landslide in the other direction down…

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Dodging Landslides

To find more of the Choco endemics, we left our lodge very early one morning for a two-hour drive to the Mashpi-Amagusa Reserve. The specific location of this forest makes it special since this area is the last foothill-forest that directly connects to the lower subtropical western forest of Ecuador, and the change in altitude…

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