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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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Many birds

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
Tanja M
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Nevele, Belgium
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Nevele, Belgium
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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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
58 helpful votes 58 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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25 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

rare birds, humming birds, rain forest rare birds, humming birds, rain forest rare birds, humming birds, rain forest

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We had the good fortune of being the only people there when visiting, seeing 5 cock-of-the-rocks lek, then seeing three types of antpitta, many tanagers, a cloudforest pygmy owl and golden-headed quetzal. Plus many others. Also, what Angel Paz has done can hopefully be a lesson to many others. Inspiring.

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Bulle, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Mindo is a little nice town into a beautiful nature. the place is quiet and the landscape are so amazing! Lot of forests and birds! Beautiful colibiris!!!!

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