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Address: Mindo Cloud Forest, Mindo, Ecuador

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Excellent experience, lovely guide!

Bird watching in Mindo was fabulous. I had a great time with Marcelo looking for birds In November 2015 :). He brought a telescope and binoculars and we went on a walking tour. He... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2016
Giselle D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Bird watching in Mindo was fabulous. I had a great time with Marcelo looking for birds In November 2015 :). He brought a telescope and binoculars and we went on a walking tour. He was professional, nice, and funny! He speaks English and Spanish. Highly recommended!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

I'd never gone birdwatching with a guide before and this was a great first experience. Rough Guides recommended Marcelo and he was a truly excellent guide. He could spot birds from a mile away and knew all of the calls of the different species. He brought along a telescopic lens as well as binoculars. We saw several different species of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

We arranged two days of birdwatching with Marcelo. I communicated with him during the six months before our trip with confirmations as to date and time and cost. When he met with us at the hotel he informed us that he took another job and would not be able to guide for us unless we went with the other couple.... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

By far Marcelo is the most experienced and pleasant bird watching tour guide I have encountered in my world wide birding experience. I highly recommend him for tours in Mindo and other areas of Ecuador.

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St. Louis, Mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We spent 3 days with Marcelo bird watching in and around Mindo. He is an excellent guide, able to spot birds we would otherwise never have seen. He knew the places to go to find them, used calls to bring them out into better view. We drove to most locations,then got out and did some hiking. The scope he used... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I was able to use Marcelo for a few days in early June, just before the busy season starts. He has an amazing ability to spot and identify, and his English is really exceptional for a local guide (very easy accent). I think a few others have commented about his personality as well, he has quite a subtle sense of... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Marcelo took me and a colleague out on a morning walk in Mindo in mid March and his skill, personality, and attitude was exceptional and made our walk one of the most enriching I have had recently. He is able to hear, spot, and share a complete range of birds with the skills of a great naturalist and scientist. I... More 

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Brevard, Nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Cheri and I spent 6 days birding with Marcelo (and 1 day at his suggestion with Pablo Caiza at Cabanas San Isidro.) Without his expert guidance we would not have seen much less identified a third of the birds we eventually logged. He was always on time even when he had to come from Mindo to pick us up in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you want to see many more birds than you'd probably see on your own, go birding with Marcelo. He is an excellent bird guide and can lead you through many of the best birding areas in and around Mindo, Ecuador. Marcelo is great at describing where to look and never gets impatient. He is quite talented at reconizing birds... More 

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Ontario's Near North, Canada
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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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