He then worked for Friends of Nature Organisation of Mindo and became the first birding guide at Mindo Gardens Lodge. In 1994 he was encouraged to open his own birding tourism business and has since been a guide to birders throughout Ecuador. He has also traveled to the United States and many parts of South America to bird watch. His life list in Ecuador tops 1473 and his amazing ear and memory for bird calls is well-known and highly respected.
In the last six years Vinicio has been photographing birds and nature as a hobby but has recently taken it to the professional level giving photography tours. He also sells his photos upon request.