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Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge

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Address: Between Nanegalito and Mindo | at Km. 66, Mindo, Ecuador
Phone Number: 0987253674
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Great birds

Visited with bird guide Sandra, we saw lots of cock of the rocks, the birds put on quite a show for us and we saw lots of them.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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virginia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Visited with bird guide Sandra, we saw lots of cock of the rocks, the birds put on quite a show for us and we saw lots of them.

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Geneva, IL
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My husband and I recently spent a morning here on a birding trip to Ecuador. I had heard a lot about this place so my expectations were high. We arrived before dawn, shook hands with Angel Paz, and walked quietly down to the place where the Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks gather. As the sun came up, the males started making their very... More 

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Cotacachi, Ecuador
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Lots of birds but restricted to an enclosed area for viewing. Few other bird species. No snack bar and no gift shop. Would prefer to see them in a more natural setting.

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Nevele, Belgium
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This place is great if you want to see birds (e.g. antpitta's) which can't be seen easily by yourself. The owner of this place does a great job in nature conservation (he used to be a bird hunter, but now he is protecting the birds). He somehow managed to tame some of the birds and they show themselves when he... More 

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I went today and thought it was an excellent value for the money. We had a cock of the rock posed for several minutes mere feet in front of us. The Antipitta's were excellent as well, and not only for bird nerds, this was a hike any general nature lover would enjoy in my opinion. I am happy that Angel... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Spent 1/2 a day at the bird refuge with their local guides. It is a great place to observe the Andean cock-of-the-rock, antipittas, manakins, dippers and other beautiful birds

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Ghent, Belgium
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38 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Paz de las Aves provides unique opportunities to see some special birds. Angel Paz has hand fed some Antpittas, which are the main attraction. In addition there is a nice lek of cock-of-the-rock which was very active during our visit in November. There are also some hummingbird feeders which attracted different species than the Mindo feeders. The quails didn’t come... More 

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San Francisco
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Best chance of seeing certain species here that will take a lot more time, effort, and money to see elsewhere. You also have a good chance of seeing the more usual species like tanagers, woodpeckers, owls, trogans, etc. Short drive from Mindo, Tandayapa, Milpe, Los Bancos, etc. This is one of those big bang for your buck places. If you... More 

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international
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155 reviews 155 reviews
27 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My husband and I are avid birders and have gone birding all over the world. We had heard about Paz de las Aves from some friends who went there about a decade ago, and their stories of Angel coaxing the giant ant pitta and other birds out of the forest seemed too fantastic to be believed. We were not disappointed.... More 

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Washington, DC and environs
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A treat for you and a reward for folks that protect the cloud forest. We were treated as Angel Paz called out some of his bird friends. Walk down dirt roads and narrow steep paths. Wear hiking boots or rain boots - it's muddy and can be steep. Not to fear, your guides will help you. Not so good at... More 

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