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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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Winchester, England
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126 reviews 126 reviews
11 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We went on the morning tour. On the morning of our visit there were only a few others so we had a reasonable view of the lek. The morning tour lasts approximately 3-4 hours. Beginning at about 5:45, we first visited the lek of the Cock of the Rock. We had hoped to see some birds actually on the lek,... More

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Redding, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Our visit to Paz de la Aves was one of the most memorable experiences of our 15 day Ecuador adventure. Angel and Rodrigo are not only birding experts, but are entertainers and gracious hosts as well. We started with great looks at the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, added 3 species of the secretive Ant Pittas, enjoyed a delicious home cooked traditional Ecuadorian... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We only saw a few birds, However, the hummingbirds were so amazing we didn't care. The owner had various feeders and several different kinds of hummingbirds flitted about.

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Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
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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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skipton
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
32 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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