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The story behind Birds of the Middle of the World

Oswaldo Ponce
Oswaldo (Owi) Ponce
General Manager
Owi Photo Tours

Owi lives in Quito and in his wild garden he welcomes the birds and insects of the area, which lose their habitat due to human growth.

Owi has a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Sustainable Tourism. He is the founder of OWI PHOTO TOURS, a company dedicated to sustainable tourism and specialized in photographic birdwatching. Owi speaks Spanish, English and a little German. He is also a professional photographer; several of his photographs have been used for scientific studies and for material to educate the community about the importance of birds and environmental conservation. He is committed to quality, excellence in customer service and conservation through awareness of the consequences of our actions and decisions.

Owi volunteers with PAU (Urban Birds Program – from the Spanish Programa de Aves Urbanas) as the Quito Coordinator and works to make citizens aware of birds and thus protect nature. He is an apprentice who hopes to continue learning something every day of his life. He dreams of a better world for those yet to be born, and works for it!

About Owi Photo Tours

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About our Team

Tamara Ponce
Tamara Ponce
Sales & Marketing Manager
Owi Photo Tours

Tamara Ponce holds a Master’s degree in International Management with a specialization in Marketing and a degree in Advertising Communication. She is co-founder of OWI PHOTO TOURS, a company dedicated to sustainable tourism and specialized in photographic birdwatching. She is an experienced traveler who has traveled through more than 30 countries and has lived in 4 continents, who likes to enjoy not only the natural beauty of each place, but also its cultures, traditions and gastronomy.

Tamara speaks fluent Spanish, English and German which has helped her to work in international environments, developing the technical management of content marketing (social media, website, email marketing), marketing strategies and objectives for specific audiences and the conception and creation of high quality multilingual multimedia content (text, image, video, SEO). Tamara did the copyediting in Spanish, English and German the book Birds of the Middle of the World, ensuring its high quality and that the same ideas are expressed in all three languages

Tamara enjoys yoga and photography. She is passionate about sustainable practices, with a strong social and environmental commitment that she applies in all aspects of her life.

Daniel Arias Cruzatty
Daniel Arias
Travel Experience Manager
Owi Photo Tours

Daniel Arias-Cruzatty is a Senior Technician in Tourist Guidance and a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. He is also multilingual (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish), a skilled photographer, passionate blogger and musician. His fascination for nature and tourism has kept him exploring Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands for more than a decade. He has cultivated a deep connection with the environment and its winged inhabitants, becoming an expert birder and accomplished naturalist who shares his knowledge and enthusiasm transcending language barriers and merges his diverse skills into a vibrant mosaic.

Daniel is co-founder along with Jennifer Romero of “UrbanOrnis”, an initiative that seeks to democratize birding as an inclusive activity, promoting the protection of wild birds and urban green spaces. He is also the National Coordinator of PAU (Urban Birds Program – from the Spanish Programa de Aves Urbanas) Ecuador, a volunteer reviewer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s citizen science platform “eBird”, and co-founder of the urban birding group “Aves Quito”, consolidating his influence in bird habitat preservation and community engagement.

Daniel reveals his deep understanding of the connection between nature and human well-being, and embodies passion and dedication to nature, conservation and cultural connection, integrating his skills harmoniously to inspire, educate and preserve Ecuador’s avian and natural wealth.

Jennifer Romero Velásquez
Jennifer Romero
Chief of Route Design & Operations
Owi Photo Tours

Jennifer Romero Velásquez is a Tourism Business Administration Engineer and National Tour Guide, passionate about tourism and focused on excellence, providing detailed advice and meticulous organization to ensure exceptional travel experiences. As Chief of Route Design and Operations, she maintains direct contact with suppliers and constant communication with tour guides. Her deep connection to nature, especially birds, has been a driving force in her professional and personal life.

Jennifer is co-founder with Daniel Arias of “UrbanOrnis”, an initiative that seeks to democratize birdwatching as an inclusive activity, promoting the protection of wild birds and urban green spaces. She is the National Coordinator of PAU (Urban Birds Program – from the Spanish Programa de Aves Urbanas) Ecuador, as well as Co-author and Co-Editor of the Environmental Education Manual “Celebrate the Birds of Ecuador” of the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University, and distinguishes herself with the prestigious certification of Meditation Teacher, thus highlighting not only her dedication to the protection of birds in urban settings and contributing to environmental sustainability, but also her unwavering commitment to human wellbeing and mental health.

Jennifer is a valuable person, passionate about the tourism industry, conservation and the promotion of a holistic balance in people’s lives, who continually seeks to contribute to the construction of a sustainable and healthy environment.

Ruth Jaramillo
Ruth Jaramillo
Administrative & Financial Manager
Owi Photo Tours

Ruth Jaramillo is an economist and entrepreneur. She worked for several years in banking and then managed her own import business for 10 years.

She enjoys nature from full contemplation, enjoying it as a whole, where human details such as names, scientific names, classifications, ecology and other ornithologist stuff are not important. He is not a collector of lifers either, and is happy to look at any bird, especially if it looks chubby.

His field is numbers, accounts and dates. He is concerned that everything has an order, is clear and complies with the laws. He has a great social sensitivity, and his motivation is his children and grandchildren. He dreams of a fairer society.