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Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Mindo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

No birder goes to Ecuador & does not want to see Antpitta's.Here you have a good chance of seeing 4 which are listed in a previous review. The Giant i am told is becoming increasingly unreliable & regrettably this bird did not show on this occasion. However good sightings of Cock Of the Rock, Toucan barbets,Golden Headed Quetzel were some compensation. Angel hinted that they were working on the Ocellated Tapaculo ,which was not seen, but since our visit pics of this bird have appeared on the Facebook page. It is best to visit on a day when no others are there, this time we were 4, but i recall my previous visit being spoilt by an overenthusiastic idiot from korea with a big lens who had no consideration for others. It is easy enough to get to the place under your own steam, just a few k's off a very good road ,which goes from Quito to the coast, so you do not need a guide.Angel's English has improved & of course he knows all the bird names in English. Well worth the $25 dollars fee for a morning where you will do well to see many of these birds in other places ,where, it is possible to get pics. You will need a half decent camera as you are seeing things in poor light & most of mine were taken at ISO 6400. Not to be missed.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Not many years ago birders would be taken on hours long treks to get to see a lek of Andean Cock of the Rocks (a beautiful and distinctive bird - made famous to British people aged over 50 by Brooke Bond Tea cards) - Angel Paz now offers the opportunity to see (and hear!) these incredible birds after a short walk in the early morning gloom.

However this is just the start - as people have mentioned Antpittas are uncommon - but more to the point they are usually incredibly hard to see - they quietly stalk about the forest floor and are good at staying still for quite a while - giving the impression of being invisible. This tactic works so well that this race of Giant Antpitta was only discovered 20 years ago, and the species generally was only known from a few skins collected in the 1800s.

Angel Paz is rightly famous for being the first person to realise that these secretive birds could be enticed to meet up at a regular time for a feed of earthworms (wild only, the birds are not interested in cultivated worms!) and that we could enjoy the spectacle. This approach has been adopted in other forest environments around the world, but Angel was the original and best.

The trip also provided some very good bird feeder views (within a wild setting in his raspberry farm) of Toucan and Red Head Barbets, Aracari, Toucans, Tanagers, Euphonias,etc.; we also had a great view of a perched Lyre Tailed Nightjar.

This then ended with breakfast and views over the hills. A very special wildlife experience in a morning.

1  Thank M&G_OnTheRoadAgain
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Fabulous morning birding. Good views quite close of the Cock of the Rock. Then views of 4 very rare ant pittas - giant, yellow breasted, moustached,, ochre breasted.
The local farmer feeds them all year.

Thank _alison_barclay01
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Paz de las Aves provides access to a dozen or so highly sought after Ecuadorian specialties at feeders in the cloud forest. A short hike takes one to numerous Toucan Barbets, Crimson-rumped Toucanets, Mountain-tanagers, guan, and hard to find antpittas, amongst others. A simple meal is included. You won't regret a visit.

Thank PuffTrog
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

If you're into birds this is a must stop in the Mindo area. We saw four types of Antpittas, tons of Andean Cock of the Rocks, and a couple Toucan Barbets to name a few.

Like I said if you're a birder it is a must. My wife isn't a birder and still really enjoyed it. The food served is really amazing too. Best cheese empandada we had the whole trip.

Thank JamesMucho
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