Cindy's Safari


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 unusually long legs and rather plump bodies. Because they are skulkers in the underbrush they are typically… Read More

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 provides habitat for different species than those found in higher altitudes.  Twenty minutes before we reached our… Read More

Once I decided on a trip to the Galapagos, I knew I also wanted to add at least a few days to bird and photograph on the mainland of Ecuador. I had heard about great birding in the cloud forests not too far from Quito, and after just little bit of research, I decided that would be the perfect destination to add to the itinerary. I chose the area around Mindo, primarily… Read More