On their quest to find out more about the birds of Ecuador, Adios Adventure Travel arranged for the Virginia BeachFriends School 4th & 5th grade girls get up at 4 am to arrive atthe La Paz reserve, near Mindo, Ecuador, just to see the famous Andean Cock of the Rock. After glimpsing thecolorfully red bird, they continued their march through the jungle wherethey saw an even more rare bird, thegiant antpitta. These birds are rarely seen and our girls saw“Maria” who was coaxed out of the forest by a local caretaker with aplastic box filled with worms. Maria is so spoiled now, she will onlyeat “clean” worms. Even the insides of the worms have to be expelled toget the dirt out. Maria has become a diva and fans can buy t-shirtswith her name on them.