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Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge

Between Nanegalito and Mindo | at Km. 66, Mindo, Ecuador
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Mindo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Calgary, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

As a birder, I had wanted to come here since I first heard about it. They are famous for being the first successful locale to feed the adorable but very elusive group of birds called Antpittas! I have experienced this now in Peru and Colombia, but I was excited to see the original, and their Antpitta species! Plus I wanted... More

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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you are a birdwatcher, or just a nature lover, don't miss visiting this private refuge. It is well worth getting up before dawn to meet brothers Angel and Rodrigo Paz at their private nature reserve. The male cock of the rocks vocalize and dance on the tree branches in an amazing display. At several other locations the elusive antpittas... More

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New York City, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I was lucky to go back and stay with the Paz family for two nights in their new cabin. It was such a treat to spend two days birding on their property. I was really excited to see around 40 new species. Like people said before it's really amazing to watch the Paz brothers at work. Besides the birds the... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We went here while staying at Bellavista cloud forest reserve. An early start was well worth it. The 4 of us were the only people viewing a noisy ,colorful amazing display by 7 birds at the Cock of the Rock lek. We then went on to see the yellow bellied antpittas -close up. We had traditional breakfast while getting brilliant... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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32 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I just read the review from JS, and can understand the frustration. I had read negative reports for February birding viewing on other sites and had concerns when my private bird guide recommended this place. I was concerned about the number of people, that it would be overly 'touristy' and that the rain and mud would make birding miserable. My... More

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Brookville, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We went on a 1/2 day trip with high hopes of seeing the Cock-of-the-rock lek. The morning we went, there were WAY too many people at the lek! I estimate thirty birders were vying for the prime positions to see and photograph the lek. It was especially annoying that there were a large number of tall (6-foot +) people in... More

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Chico, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Excellent opportunity to see normally hard to find birds! Just going out with Angel Paz is an experience in itself. He has a wonderful relationship with the animals on his land. We saw many shy and secretive species in our morning there. After birdwatching, you enjoy a home cooked Ecuadorian breakfast cooked by his family. It's also nice to know... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Visiting the Paz de las Aves Refuge was one of the highlights of our birding trip to Ecuador in July 2013. You need to get there early to see the display of the Cock of the Rock, since they only gather at dawn and are gone within 30 minutes, but it is well worth it. Then you have the chance... More

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San Vito, Costa Rica
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Two brothers and their father have learned where to find some very secretive and rare birds, and they don't stop until the birds are seduced into becoming visible. Really great experience because we successfully saw four different Antpittas as well as various other must-see birds. The Paz family is enjoying financial rewards because they are respectful of the habitat they... More

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Palo Alto, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This is a must-see visit for birders and photographers. In the early morning, at the lek, got a decent picture of the male Cock-of-the-Rock -- need good low-light equipment. Then where the stream crosses the road, good pic of a Yellow-breasted Antpitta. During midmorning breakfast at headquarters, pic of an Orange-breasted Fruiteater. Downslope, at the feeding station, more pics: Moustached... More

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