Vinicio Perez - tour guide in MindoVinicio Pérez began birdwatching as a boy in San Miguel de los Bancos, Ecuador. He has always been amazed by the colours and beauty of birds. When at the age of 10 his family moved to Mindo, he had the chance to become better aquainted with the birds especiallly in the extensive forests on his fathers farm located long the Rio Mindo which is now the home of the Environmental Education Centre.

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.