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Ecuador Trip, The Cast of Characters

Mitch Lysinger, our guide days 1-10, Herman, Ellie... & Oscar, our guide at Sacha Lodge.

Mitch is an American who lives in Ecuador. One of the many feathers in his cap is that he is the creator of a set of audio tapes of birds of Ecuador (18k) . He was a great guide, as was Oscar.

Stauffer on the paramo <9k> where we got the rufous-breasted seed snipe
Eva & a carpenter

More Scenes from the Field:

Birding in the rain (37k)
Ellie, Mitch & Herman (20k) on the Loreto Road
Herman & Eva on the Sacha Tower <24k>
Oscar <14k> enroute to the Rio Napo island where Umbrellabirds roost.
Bolivar <28k>, budding Naturalist at Sacha, & a Ficus tree. Bolivar is looking at a Tinamou's nest
Canoe paddles (15k) are made from the Ficus tree.

Ellie says you can sometimes see a living Ficus flying buttress with a paddle-shaped hole in it.

We had a trusty driver, Vicente Moldanero, who forded rivers, guarded our luggage while we were birding, waited all night in a gas line on our behalf, & helped us get the bus when Ecuador's gasoline crisis finally forced us to abandon our rental car. Yeah Vinny!

Every minute on Ecuadorian buses was interesting...

The Bus to Coca:

Ferry near Loreto Find Ellie, Stauffer & Mitch fuel efficiency ditto (13k)

The Bus to Otavalo:

Crabs! (19k) A man got on the bus in Quito (10,000 ft) with this cargo! Go figure.
Scene out the window (20k) during a detour from the Pan-American Highway.
One-lane track (11k)
Now what? (8k)
Bus mired in mud (19K)
Fruit & veg stand (18k) snapped from the bus.


The cook's son (9k) at the thatched restaurant.
3 nuns (22k) out for a stroll in Tena, Ecuador
Farmstand (35k). This family lowered the fruit from way above via a cable.
The family (24k) we met where we flagged down the bus.
What Ramo wrote <6K>

I had a mini spiral notebook & miniature colored pencils in my fanny pack. Nine days into the trip I still had not sketched anything, so I gave the art supplies to the parents of the family. Each child got a piece of paper & a colored pencil. Ramo promptly sat down in the Loreto Road & wrote this. These children, as well as the cook's son, smiled & giggled at the instant playback on my digital camera.

In Ecuador we encountered a variety of obstacles in the road: A landslide ("derrumba"), a car on fire, two bridgeless rivers, An immovable log across a track near Carmelo Lodge, ...But the most dramatic impasse was the roadblock to accommodate the
Helicopter to Ambulance Transfer

The Helicopter <12K> from which the stretcher dangled a long way down.
The stretcher <12k> against the clouds, & way above the trees.
getting closer to earth <14k>
Arms' reach of ground <18k>
Grounded at last. <18k>
The victim is in the ambulance <19k>

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Birds seen in Ecuador
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All the photos on this page were taken with my Sony Mavica Digital Camera.

This page has been accessed access odometer display times since April 17, 1999

Last revised: August 8, 2019