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My wife and I recently enjoyed a delightful day of birding and Salvadorian culture with Robert Broz Moran. We started the day at Cerro Verde where, with the help of two local guides, we were able to see a wide variety of interesting species including Emerald Toucan, Slate-throated Redstart and Singing Quail. In the afternoon, we visited two Mayan sites as well as several fascinating towns on the beautiful Â"Ruta de las FloresÂ". Having lived in the country for two decades, Robert possesses a wealth of information on every aspect of Salvadorian culture, history and politics. He is also is a very entertaining story teller. In the last few years, Robert has become quite knowledgeable about the countryÂ's bird life and uses the best local guides, including his son-in-law Marvin, a highly skilled birder. Robert is very professional in every aspect of his role as a Â"birding palÂ" and tour guide. This includes responding quickly to emails and making every effort to tailor the day! Drew and Michelle Monkman, Peterborough, Ontario. April, 2013