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Las Tangaras Reserve (Reserva las Tangaras)
Ranked #5 of 29 things to do in Mindo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Set in spectacular cloud forest near Mindo, Ecuador, Reserva las Tangaras is home to more than 300 bird species including Choco endemics: Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Club-winged Manakin, and Choco Toucan. Rare amphibians and reptiles, 25+ species of hummingbird, spectacled bear, and endangered capuchin monkeys reside here. We invite "ecologically minded" visitors - birdwatchers, photographers, and students of wildlife conservation. Las Tangaras features: Guided visits to an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek, with up to 18 cocks displaying at sunrise and night walks to see tropical frogs. A network of trails, camping areas, and river and waterfall swimming holes are easily reached from the reserve lodge. We offer a beautiful and comfortable lodge with a large private or communal sleeping loft, hot showers, flush toilet, library, and delicious homemade meals. Join us at the Reserve for an incredible experience living in, learning about, and exploring the cloud forest.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 7, 2014

The walk from the road to the lodge is well-worth it. You can see Cock of the Rock lek display at dawn or at dusk, which is another 20 minute walk from the lodge, but well worth it. Rubber boots or shoes you don;t mind getting muddy are essential. Multiple swimming areas and diverse habitats for viewing many types of birds, plants and other wildlife.

1  Thank quax760
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Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

The walk from the main road to the reserve is already nice. Once we got there we were very warmly and helpfully welcomed. We took the Cock of the Rock trail and although we didn't get to see it and we're not birders we had a great time.

1  Thank Goldie1984
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

An absolutely wonderful place. The lack of advertising and remote location make it a wonderful secret. And very beatutful as well. Surprisingly comfortable for the distance out it is, with great home cooked food. Also, since it is a research station, the managers are happy to talk about different bird and animal species, as well as conservation topics. A great experience!

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

You need to take a taxi to it otherwise you will be exhausted before you start the walk. It's an easy walk and really pretty. Good views! Wear rubber boots of hikingshoes because I got a terrible rash and swollen feet because I wore sandals

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We took a long walk to the reserve, then about a 40-minute walk along a narrow dirt path (sometimes muddy even in the dry season), and then got to the keepers' house, where we were warmly welcomed, drank some water, and watched hummingbirds (a $5 donation per person is expected at this non-profit reserve). From there, we had to hike at least another 20 minutes or so, where we perched ourselves on a steep, jungled hillside, where were heard and saw the famous abeit elusive cock of the rock (gallo de pena).

To get back to town, we had to do the reverse. It was long, tiring, and exhilarating, but be prepared.

3  Thank JDZatSF
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