Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge

Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge

Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge
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One of the best place for birdwatching and photography in Mindo, Ecuador. Here you can see 5 species of Antpittas, antthrus, Wood-quail, tanagers, quetzal and others, be part of our family Refugio Paz
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Lizzie0909
Munlochy, UK2,829 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Our guide had arranged for us to visit this amazing place. The brothers that guide this special place are so dedicated to the Antpittas, collecting worms before trying to call the birds. We saw 4 out of 5 of the Antpittas, only missing the Giant Antpitta.
We saw many other birds during our visit including a Dark Backed Wood- Quail.
Afterwards we had a late breakfast at the restaurant that they have now built, delicious 😋. The whole family are working hard to help preserve the area and take care of the birds. Good luck to them.
Definitely recommended.
Written August 18, 2022
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Linnea H
Albuquerque, NM183 contributions
Feb 2020
This would have been 5 stars, but there were a lot of people (with lots of big cameras) the morning we took this trip, which made it hard to see the Cock of the Rock. A quieter morning would have been better. We also got to see antpittas and many lovely birds at the outdoor breakfast spot -- delicious Ecuadoran breakfast and coffee.
Written March 4, 2020
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Ann
13 contributions
Jul 2022
Our birding guide, Marcelo Arias (best guide ever) took us here to see the Antipittas. They were able to call in 4 of the 5 antipittas that are there. The owners are amazing an trying to preserve the area for the birds. What a very special place!
Written August 9, 2022
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henrybhudson
Kyotango, Japan31 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a fabulous place for serious birders. Can see an active Cock of the Rock lek. On the morning tour there are many good birds, including hard to see antpittas at close range. Also saw golden-headed quetzal, masked trogon, dark-backed woodquaill and various hummingbirds and tanagers. The guides are very good and work hard to find the birds for you.
Written January 6, 2020
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Stefanie W
1 contribution
Aug 2020
Was a very lovely place for birdwatching and enjoy the nature of the huge andien cloud foresst. The "birdwhipsperers" are very sympathic and professional. We loved to stay there one night and two days. And we've got very fresh and tasty traditional food of ecuador even for vegeterians, which is really hard to find in Ecuador. I would say it was the best dishes we've had so far in our two months in Quito. It was an unforgetable trip. Thanks for all and hope we can visit you another time again :)
Written August 22, 2020
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rarich
83 contributions
Nov 2010
If you are a birder, or even if you aren't, you shouldn't miss the experience of watching Angel Paz call and feed deep forest birds so rare that many birders have never even seen them. Save yourself $100 and call (or have your hotel clerk in Mindo call) to arrange your visit directly with Angel Paz--and then tip him well. He (and his family) picked me up at Hacienda San Vicente (of the Yellow House Trails) and guided me himself, fed me breakfast, and returned me to my lodging for $50.
Written January 11, 2011
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djr41
Vicksburg, Mississippi2 contributions
This montane forest reserve holds some of Ecuador's most spectacular birds -- Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Giant Antpitta, Velvet-purple Coronet, Booted Racket-tail, and many more -- and offers incredible chances to experience them. You get to the cock-of-the-rock blind early, before sunrise. How active the birds are varies; we saw one male feeding on fruits, but apparently sometimes many males lek and display together. Fruit feeders bring guans, toucanets and tanagers in close offering fantastic photo opportunities, and Angel Paz can call in Toucan-Barbets too. Several antpitta species have been trained to take earthworms from the owners, which is an interesting way to experience these usually very secretive and difficult-to-see birds. While we were there, the famous Giant Antpitta "Maria" was actually on a nest, which I thought was an even better way to see her. And the hummingbird feeders ... incredible, overwhelming, gorgeous. You won't want to leave.

After an early start and lots of birding, breakfast of local cuisine is served. I'm a fan of eating locally so enjoyed the bolas (plantain dumplings) and empanadas.

Bring your camera and binoculars (of course), and be aware that you'll be traversing steep, narrow, sometimes slippery trails through the forest (in the dark on the way in). When we were there, the road in was so slick with mud that several vehicles got stuck and we had to finish the ride in the back of a pickup truck.

Angel Paz and his family are local landowners who are trying to conserve the forest and the birds that live there. Sharing the birds with visitors helps provide the income they need to conserve the land.
Written March 31, 2010
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mps1948
Hampshire, UK259 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
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, but we didn't. We did see a few flying about and we managed to get some rather blurred photos. This was followed by an observation at the bird feeding area (hummingbirds) and then we watched Angel Paz hand feed some Antpittas. The tour had ended by 9 after a very basic breakfast. " Exquisite" as described on their website it was NOT!
I know one can never expect any guarantees when observing nature, but it was a bit disappointing that there was no activity on the lek.
However what really bugged me was having confirmed the price on the phone to be $25 per person to be told when we went to pay that the price was really $30. Unless you have your own transport you will need to book an early morning taxi, which with the waiting time is fairly expensive. If we go back to Mindo we will try somewhere else!
I would have liked to rate this as "good" if that were possible, but not more than that. I cannot bring myself to rate the overall experience as "very good" so I will leave it as "average"

TIP: If you have trekking poles do take them as it will help getting up and down the steep and narrow paths.
Written October 7, 2014
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Jocelynn S
Brookville, PA9 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
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 the front row. Even after asking politely, they refused to step aside to allow other shorter people to see, presumably because they got there first and had the "right" to stand in front of others. We all paid to get in but only some were able to see. The number of birders should have been limited to a reasonable amount. Perhaps 15 could have been accommodated, but not 30! We waited for about an hour and I heard that ONE bird finally did show up. I didn't actually see it my self, of course. One bird, in my opinion, does not constitute a lek anyway!

Next, we walked/slid our way a quarter of a mile down the hill in 6-inch deep mud (I'm not exaggerating, bring boots or you'll be sorry!) to see an antpitta come out of the woods across the river. At least we did get to see it.

Finally, we all drove to Angel's house to hike down a trail into the forest to attempt to see another species of antpitta that he would call in. I understand some folks DID see it but I didn't. Once again, the 20 birders who shoved their way ahead of me on the trail got a seat on a bench at the viewing spot under a roof. I and others were left standing around behind the shelter, craning our necks to try to get a look at anything. After 45 frustrating minutes of seeing nothing, I headed back up the hill to the parking lot.

After another 30-minute wait, the herd of big-shot birders came up the trail and immediately went to the table and took all of the seats where we were supposed to be served a wonderful home-cooked Ecuadorian breakfast. It actually wasn't so wonderful standing by and watching them eat. My daughter and I finally got to sit down and eat the scraps when they were done. There was no coffee or tea left for us though. That was probably a blessing in disguise since the toilets didn't flush. They were basically just a toilet bowl sitting there without plumbing. Oh, and by the way, the men's urinal is outside, beside the entrance to the toilets. So, women, be careful or you will walk right up on a guy who is using it like I did!

All in all, this 1/2 day trip was expensive ($100 apiece) for my daughter and myself and it was definitely NOT worth what we paid. My advice is to ask how many people will be along on the trip before you shell out the big bucks. If there will be more than 15, save your money.
Written February 26, 2014
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phermi
Quito, Ecuador3 contributions
Jan 2013 • Family
I booked this activity with the owner days in advance, leaving my mobile and landline numbers in case he needed to get in touch with me. The day of the trip, his son came to our hotel to pick us up, in spite of POURING RAIN. I asked if it was still a good idea for us to go, given the terrible weather conditions, and the fact that we had two elderly persons in our party. The son said, yes, everything would be OK.

We arrived at the reserve at the crack of dawn, still pouring.. I asked Mr. Paz if it still was a good idea to try go down the mountain, he said YES, we would see all the birds...

We wondered around the mountain for four hours, falling every five minutes in the mud, we saw absolutely no bird, he charged for the full amount (around $300 for four people), and when all the ordeal was thankfully over, he said WE SHOULD NOT COME AGAIN FROM JANUARY TO APRIL SINCE IT RAINS, AND WHEN IT RAINS, THERE ARE NO BIRDS TO SEE... This was really shocking..

Not as shocking as Mr Paz trying to guilt my mother into buying overpriced handcrafts of terrible quality as we were getting in the car to finally leave the place...

I am ashamed than a fellow Ecuadorian does this to tourist... NO WORDS...
Written March 15, 2013
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