Dr. Luke Ward
"Oscar himself is an expert guide. His skill as an interpreter enhanced the groups’ understanding of local flora and fauna as well as land management practices on and around estancias".
"I had the pleasure of working with Oscar Rodriguez during the fall of 2015 and summer of 2016, while Oscar was helping me plan and execute a trip to Paraguay with a group of college students from Rocky Mountain College, in Billings Montana, USA. The goal of the class trip was to visit sites in Paraguay where we could learn more about Paraguayan ecosystems, resource management, and development practices, as well as Paraguayan culture and history. Oscar was a consummate professional throughout the entire process. He is an expert in logistics (and ecology and wildlife biology) and speaks English, Spanish, Guarani, Portuguese (and, I bet, a number of other languages) with ease. He immediately understood both the academic and touristic objectives of the trip and provided me with pragmatic insights about the logistics and pros and cons of each element of the trip I was working on (including trip elements that I had set up on my own, independent of Oscar/ DTP). Oscar responded quickly to emails, text and WhatsApp messages, and phone calls, which made planning with him pleasant and stress free.
Because I had set up most of the trip before getting in touch with Oscar, I originally worked with Oscar only to arrange my group’s lodging in Asunción and transport between the hotel and airport. Oscar found a nice hotel that fit my budget, quality, and location criteria and arranged for us to travel between the hotel and airport via a nice Mercedes Sprinter.
As happens with travel plans, however, circumstances arose that forced me to change plans, both prior to departure and once my group and I were in Asunción. In both cases, when the travel plans I had made on my own — independent of Oscar and DTP — had to be cancelled due to changes in airline scheduling and, later, weather, Oscar was understanding and extremely quick to build out a “menu” of options for short and multi-day trips that would address the course learning objectives via trips to places like Parque Nacional Ybycuí & Reserva Mbatoví, with very cool roadsides stops along the way.
In addition to lodging, food, and other details, Oscar set us up with transportation via a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter driven by a kind, funny chauffeur. He also arranged for an engaging guide who spoke English, Spanish, and Guarani and who provided interesting and informative insights throughout time together. I should also mention that Oscar himself is an expert guide. Early in our trip to Paraguay, Oscar took us to a local estancia and accompanied us on a nature walk. His skill as an interpreter enhanced the groups’ understanding of local flora and fauna as well as land management practices on and around estancias.
What especially impressed me about working with Oscar was that after our original plans fell through, Oscar was able to set up a terrific alternate plan on the fly. His ability to work quickly to improvise a new itinerary at a fair price enabled the students and I to meet our learning objective for the trip in a comfortable and enjoyable fashion.
I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Oscar again — in fact, he and I are currently in talks about the details of a Spring 2020 trip, when I will again be traveling to Paraguay with approximately 10 students. While I’m aware that it is possible that some of the plans we make may have to change due to various unforeseen circumstances, I am confident that by working closely with Oscar and his team, I’ll be able to ensure a safe, enjoyable, informative, and memorable experience for my students and myself".
Other Customer Testimonials
"I thought the variety of birdlife was exceptional and the guides were outstanding in their friendly attitude and level of expertise. They were very generous with their time and knowledge and everyone appreciated this".
Kicab & Marta
"Oscar’s knowledge about wildlife (especially birds) was immense and his abilities made our photography trip a great success".
"Upon returning we knew that we were facing one of the best kept secrets in South America: "Paraguay!!!".
"His knowledge of bird identification, habitat, distribution in Paraguay and bird calls were extraordinary".
"One of the most difficult skills to acquire in birding is learning the slight differences in bird sounds, and Andrew did learn much from you".
Isabelle & Peter Meier
"It is not easy to describe with how much love you explain to us every little tree and flower and whatever spot in this awesome landscape. You did not miss one bird alongside the road and wherever we walked it seems to us as also the birds knew you so well as much as you knew every one of them!".
"Oscar was very knowledgeable about the natural history of Paraguay, demonstrating expertise in identifying the plants, reptiles, birds and mammals that we encountered and discussing aspects of their biology".
Dr. Günther Eichhorn
"Bird watching was very nice in the Chaco. I saw a lot of interesting new ones, like the Strange-tailed Tyrant, the Giant Rail and the Greater Rhea".
"He has all the logistics perfectly organized, fully equiped with great vehicle and birding gear and the knowledge that only an experienced local guide can provide".
"Our guide Oscar Rodriguez is not only an incredible ornithologist, but a conservationist as well, and has an uncanny ability to find target birds. He makes birding fun".
Tui Couch & Colleen Boreham
"Oscar was a superb bird spotter, very easy going, always ready to smile & a wealth of information."
" In this sense it has been a great experience, this trip through Paraguay, worthy of being repeated one day, taking into account that this country is a great destination for Birdwatchers."
"On top of everything else, you have a delightful sense of humor, and are a very smooth, skillful driver".
"Highlights for me were his knowledge of both, birds and the history of the area; and his obvious passion for nature. I would highly recommend this tour for bird enthusiasts".
"Oscar has a special skill in adapting the tour to the person. I am a birder, my sister is not, yet we were both equally happy with the experience".
Gerald L. Zuercher, Ph.D.
"Oscar has organized class travel experiences for my students for years and each time has been special!"
"I also highlight the great deal of professionalism in logistics, timetables and knowledge of routes and roads, which greatly contributed to the success of the campaign. Thanks Oscar!".
"I thank Oscar Rodríguez, a guide who is passionate about his work, for gathering the love and knowledge of the birds, thus achieving a spectacular bird watching that this place offers (115 species in 5 hours) through Paraguay birding & nature".
"What was also very helpful was that you were able to gauge my style of birding and adapted your skills as a guide to my needs".
"Oscar was a fantastic leader and guide and got us to the birds and on the birds without fail. He willingly shared his knowledge of his country and its flora and fauna. It was a complete experience."
"He has comprehensive knowledge of both the wildlife and ecology as well as a clear affection and enthusiasm for sharing it with visitors".
Ph.D. R. J. Gutiérrez
"What I especially liked about Oscar was his judicious use of tape playback. He only used a tape when it was clear that we might not be able to see a particular species; this approach minimizes disturbance of species."
Lucas A. Kaminski
"Our trip had the objective of finding interactions of symbiosis between caterpillars of butterflies and ants, a project funded by the National Geographic Society. Surely our trip was successful thanks to the help of our guide Oscar Rodriguez."