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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 spot for birding

We left the hotel at 5am to go there in time to see the Cock-of-the-rock lek. What great and unique looking birds! Angel Paz and his brother greeted us and also took us into the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
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Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Canada
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Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Canada
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We left the hotel at 5am to go there in time to see the Cock-of-the-rock lek. What great and unique looking birds! Angel Paz and his brother greeted us and also took us into the forest to see the Antpittas. These guys have a good sense of humor - one of the smallest species of Antpitta keeps moving its hips... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We were there for half an hour and we saw many hummingbirds. But apart from those, no other birds came to drink water/eat the bananas. I guess we had bad luck.

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We took a taxi from Mindo to join up with Angel for a tour including the Cock of the Rock, ant pittas, hummingbirds and more and it was well worth the effort (and the early start). The bird watching is great and we spotted several we would just not have seen without Angel's keen eyes including a quetzal, toucanet and... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

On the advice of our hotel manager, we found this refuge at 5:45 am one morning, and were lucky enough to encounter one of the two brothers who manage it on a motorcycle on the road (yes, Spanish definitely helps and we were very lucky!) We proceeded to see Andean Cock of the Rocks, a quetzal and 5 varieties of... More 

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Abilene, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

A friend & birding tour owner characterizes Paz de las Aves as a "Disneyland for birders" and the comparison is not without merit. An observation blind is fortuitously situated at the edge of a display ground (lek) used by Andean Cocks-of the rock (that's a bird species, and the displays can be quite spectacular). The Paz family has over the... More 

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

I was lucky enough to be the only one taking the tour with Angel and therefor was guaranteed to be in the best spot for taking pictures. The lek of the cock of the rock was just spectacular. The birds were only about 15 meters away and a couple of birds in plain view. After the lek we went searching... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

By all means arrange to visit the refuge to see the Cock of the Rock lek and the feeding of wild antpittas. Support of this refuge helps preserve habitat and fosters ecotourism in this impoverished country. The brothers have broken new ground in their feeding of wild birds and viewing the results are truly amazing. They have also substantially improved... More 

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Thank Doug K
Cove, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The refuge is fabulous. We had close views of Cock of the Rock, Giant Antipitta, Ochre-breasted Antipitta, and much more.

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London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Even though we had an idea of what to expect, this place still surprised us. Expect to see Cock of the Rock, Giant Antpitta and a few surprises. A must visit!

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Thank Katman
Western Canada
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The building has a very large covered, yet open veranda. Here you can sit and view the birds in the jungle, which surrounds 2/3 of the building. Close enough to see without binoculars but better to bring if you have them of you can borrow. There are soooo many beautiful birds of varying types all flitting about or sitting together... More 

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