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Marcelo Arias Private Birding Tours

Address: Mindo Cloud Forest, Mindo, Ecuador
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Ranked #7 of 18 Attractions in Mindo
Type: Private tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Private tours, Sightseeing Tours
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English first
Ontario's Near North, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I are staying at Hostal Rubby with birding friends. A group of us went out with Marcelo yesterday. We had an amazing time. The scenery was amazing and Marcelo was so knowledgable. He had a telescopic scope that allowed us to see the birds so close up. Marcelo is able to spot birds where no one else... More 

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San Francisco
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Marcello Arias is associated with Rubby's Hostal (great place, see my review) in Mindo, Ecuador where I was staying so that's how I met him. He can take you on many different bird-watching trips in the Mindo vicinity (he has two relatives who are also bird guides so he really knows his stuff). After spending 9 days with the "San... More 

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Stockbridge, Vermont
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Marcelo was our bird guide for two weeks in Ecuador last February, 2014. We saw almost 300 species in a trip that went from the top of the Andes to the Amazon and back. Marcelo found lots of birds using his scope and his knowledge of the calls. His english is good and he is an excellent and safe driver.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I have used Marcelo's many times over the last few years. He is considered by most people as one of the best guides the Mindo area and I very much agree. He is extremely knowable in the birds of Ecuador , buy sight and sound. And he knows of many of the best places to go birding in general or... More 

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Ra'anana, Israel
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We stayed at Rubby Hostal which organized for us Marcelo for bird watching. Marcelo comes work a telescope that enables you to see many specious of birds from very close and even to make photos via the telescope. He has unbelievable instincts to capture small or big birds that are far away. He is experience, knowledgeable and very nice man.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

I will remember today for the rest of my life. I never thought I'd see the birds in National Geographic! I hired Marcelo yesterday, and this morning, he met me at my hotel with a scope and binoculars. We walked through the beautiful jungle/forest on a dirt road, chatting amiably all the way. During our time together, he heard and... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

On a recent trip to Mindo we had the pleasure of having Marcelo as our birding guide for two days. I can't say enough about his skills as a guide - he could spot, call, and identify any bird we came across and his ability to call in birds by whistling their calls is unbelievable. He had his own vehicle... More 

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