Equator museum Quito

The following article was first published by the online magazine Skeptical Inquirer
by Rob Palmer - January 8, 2020
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Ecuadorian Equatorial Pseudoscience

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Picture this: You are a science enthusiast on tour at a museum. Your guide starts to lecture to your tour group about scientific “facts” you are familiar with, and you realize she is presenting pure nonsense—scientific errors and pseudoscience of the highest order. You wonder if the guide misspoke, is misinformed, or is just making stuff up. However, it soon becomes clear that at least some of the information she is imparting to people is outright misdirection, because in some cases she is doing magic tricks to prove her points. Worse, as the tour goes on, it seems all but certain that this misinformation is sanctioned by museum management, as you hear in the background the other guides saying pretty much the same incorrect things to each of their groups of tourists..

What would you do? Would you say, “Excuse me, but you people have this all wrong”? Or would you hold your tongue and suffer in silence? Well, if you’re a guest in a foreign country where you don’t even speak the language, plus you know your spouse will never forgive you if you say what you want to say and embarrass her, then maybe you would hold your tongue.

That’s what I did, and it almost killed me. I listened to erroneous claim after erroneous claim and witnessed a variety of tricks that were performed to verify those claims, all without saying a thing. I did roll my eyes quite a bit, however. And I recorded much of the tour, so I could get the details right to share with Skeptical Inquirer online readers. So, here is my report. MORE ... PLEASE VISIT THE SKEPTICAL INQUIRER ON LINE MAGAZINE.

OUR TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS SINCE 2013

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Tripadvisor review December 08/2018

Wonderful tour of the cloud forest


We took a custom tour of the cloud forest with Richard in October. Richard is a goldmine of knowledge regarding the fauna and flora of the region. He could even mimic the calls of the various birds of the forest. We chose to do a hike up to a waterfall where we could find some frogs, and Richard was able to locate for us a female Cock of the Rock nesting. We went to another location and saw tons of hummingbirds that weren’t afraid of our presence. I also really wanted to see a toucan, so instead of doing a cable car ride ( there are several activities and wildlife options to choose from), we choose to do more bird watching. We were glad we did as we saw so many colorful birds including a really big woodpecker AND at the end of the day at lunch at a quiet private location overlooking the forest, a toucan appeared so close to us. I cannot tell you how excited I was! My husband and I were also pleased that we didn’t have crowds and it was just us for the majority of the tour.

Also as a testament to Richard and his character, I had accidentally left the case to my camera at the place where we ate lunch, which was about 2 hours away from Quito. Richard at some point had retrieved it and dropped it off at the hotel at the AIRPORT which is an hour outside I Quito. To me that is going above and beyond and I am so thankful and appreciative for what he did.

Richard helped make our honeymoon memorable and special, and we are grateful for him.
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Date of the experience: November 2018

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tripadvisor review February 18/2015

great two days in Mindo


We took an overnight tour of the Mindo area with Richard. It was a terrific trip with hiking and photography opportunities, and learning about this part of Ecuador. On the first day, we went on a short hike in an Orchid Preserve,visited two different private places to see hummingbirds and butterflies, learned about how chocolate is made in a small factory, did a cable car ride in pouring rain and, at night, took a short trip in the forest to discover and see tiny frogs. On the second day, we left very early to see Cock-of-the-Rocks flying around just as sun came up on dense forest, and then went on a couple of short hikes. Richard is very knowledgable and friendly. Further, he has taken as his mission to help other locals benefit from tourism, instead of that money going to third parties (large tour companies). I like that and I am glad we did our little bit to encourage it. Highly recommended.
Date of experience: January 2015

Just nature tour

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Mindo butterflies

Most seen in the area.

Heliconius Eleuchia
Heliconius Melpomene
Heliconius Erato sp.
Heliconius Ismenius
Heliconius Athis
Heliconius Erato
Heliconius Sara
Heliconius Charitonius
Heliconius Cydno
Dryas Julia
Euides Vivilia
Dione Moneta
Mechanitis sp.
Caligo Atreus
Caligo Memnun
Caligo Eurlochus
Caligo Illionius
Caligos (owl´s eye)
Phoebis  Philea
Morpho Peleides
Parides Arcas
Papilio Thoas
Siproeta Epaphus
Danaus Plexippus
Dione Juno
Opsiphanes Bogotanus