" 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".
TESTIMONY OF THE TRIP TO PARAGUAY from July 08 to 15, 2017.
With the Coordinator Horacio Matarazzo, a group of six Argentine friends, nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers, we made a trip through the interior of Paraguay, fulfilling a route of more than 2,500 kilometers. We were received by the host and Local Guide Mr. Oscar Leandro Rodríguez Scelza and accompanied throughout the journey by Mr. Carlos Valiente, Producer and Conductor of the SNT AL NATURAL Program.
We have explored the Cerrado, a biogeographic region that is not in Argentina, of a unique and impressive beauty, as well as, the Mbaracayú Forest Nature Reserve, an area that preserves the largest Inner Atlantic Forest of Paraguay. Of the birds observed, which has this sector, species that are less frequent on the Argentine side, it is worth mentioning the Bell Bird - Procnias nudicollis - National Bird of Paraguay. From the long list of bird watching, important to us, has been the Blue Macaw - Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus - extinct in our country and the rare Cock-tailed Tyrant - Alectrurus tricolor.
A special emotion for me, was to observe for the first time and photograph the Picoagudo - Oxyruncus cristatus. 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. Throughout the tour we have spent the night in Field Accommodations and Stays, adapted for tourist purposes. I must express the excellent friendly and warm attention of its staff, as well as taste the local gastronomic specialties.
I would like to thank Oscar Rodríguez, especially, for his tireless dedication in guiding and always showing us the best, as well as Carlos Valiente for documenting the experience of our tour. Thank you.
Other Customer Testimonials
Gerald L. Zuercher, Ph.D.
"Oscar has organized class travel experiences for my students for years and each time has been special!".
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".
"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".
"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 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".
"I was impressed by Oscar's experience and professionalism, Before I met Oscar, I didn't know much about birdwatching. In a few days, I discovered everything in the universe! Oscar knew how to transmit his passion to me".
"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".
"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!".
"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".
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".
"Oscar: Very much enjoyed birding with you! You are incredibly knowledgeable about the birds, and other fauna and flora of Paraguay. Your ability to hear and identify the birds with just a few notes is amazing and very much appreciated".
"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".
"We would recommend him without a second thought, the trip far exceeded our expectations of this little known country."
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".
Kicab & Marta
"Oscar’s knowledge about wildlife (especially birds) was immense and his abilities made our photography trip a great success".
"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".
Prof. Julian Higgins
“I has a wonderful trip with Oscar in October 2019. We saw over 100 species of bird in a single afternoon. Oscar is friendly, extremely knowledgable, obliging and enthusiastic. I thoroughly recommend his tours".
"His knowledge of bird identification, habitat, distribution in Paraguay and bird calls were extraordinary".
"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".
Tui Couch & Colleen Boreham
"Oscar was a superb bird spotter, very easy going, always ready to smile & a wealth of information".
"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!".
"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".
"Upon returning we knew that we were facing one of the best kept secrets in South America: "Paraguay!!!".
"He has comprehensive knowledge of both the wildlife and ecology as well as a clear affection and enthusiasm for sharing it with visitors".
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".
"His personal research and knowledge of the areas gave us an insiders view. The photography opportunities were great, plenty of close views of the species that were hard to get".