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Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge

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Between Nanegalito and Mindo | at Km. 66, Mindo, Ecuador
+593 98 725 3674
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Super birds, and we missed lot

We went here with our guide on the morning Cock-of-the-Rock and Antpitta tour. The CotR lek was... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Olympia, Washington
Hummingbird Sanctuary

Under travelled and clean, a place to watch the birds in the cloud forest. There is a camping site... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Micayla C
Otavalo, Ecuador
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Between Nanegalito and Mindo | at Km. 66, Mindo, Ecuador
+593 98 725 3674
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

We went here with our guide on the morning Cock-of-the-Rock and Antpitta tour. The CotR lek was amazing. We had 10-20 males performing. They started in low light, bad for pictures and at a distance. As time passed, light improved and the moved closer. Then,...More

Thank Hal72
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Under travelled and clean, a place to watch the birds in the cloud forest. There is a camping site within the grounds for 5 dollars per night.

1  Thank Micayla C
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We visited Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge on a wet, rainy April day. Rodrigo welcomed us warmly and took us first to the lek of the Andean Cock of the Rock which was our target bird for the visit. After that, it poured and...More

1  Thank Cynthia K
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I spent a day here photographing 🐦s. Apart from hummingbirds at the feeders other species are found, Trogan, toucan, and tanagers.

Thank john m
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great spot to view some amazing birds. The Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and several hard to see Antpittas come to their viewing areas. At the lodge, hummingbird and banana feeders bring in many species with close up views. I just did a morning stop...More

Thank Hopsing29
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We had an amazing time with Angel Paz as he guided us around this property where we saw many birds including the Andean Cock-of-the-rock and the famous Giant Antpitta "Maria". The breakfast that his family prepared for us was delicious. Even the birds that were...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I went with my guide, Sandra Patiño, from Bird Paradise. She flat-out knew heard birds. She could recognize their songs, follow where they were heading through the forest and brush and used recordings to draw them out. She could recognize every bird we saw. She...More

2  Thank Rob13501
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Angel and Rodrigo, the brothers that maintain this refuge are to be commended for their excellent work. We were able to see a Cock-of-the-Rock lek, several antpittas and many other higher elevation cloud forest birds in just a few hours. The breakfast that is prepared...More

1  Thank nancie d
Reviewed 12 February 2017

The claims of seeing secretive birds and Andean Cock-of-the-Rock are all true! The Ecuadorian family that runs the refugio are wonderful hosts and really deliver on their promises. We saw three of the secretive forest species and wonderful looks at the Cock-of-the-Rock. The food, lodging...More

Thank rstone10
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is perhaps one of the most productive Lodges we stayed at. Angle Paz known all over Ecuador calls birds out the jungle at will...True Bird Whisper!!! The food cooked by family was some of the best we had in Ecuador. I highly recommend tihs...More

Thank pctwalker
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7 April 2016|
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Response from GillesArbour | Reviewed this property |
Just as Doug mentioned these birds are present and active early in the morning only. If you go at some other time you may see other interesting birds but probably not the cock-of-the-rocks. I suggest using the service of a... More
22 August 2015|
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Response from BirdsRUs1 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't rent a car in Ecuador, and would not have wanted to drive there. I hired a bird guide and driver, which worked well. The Cock of the Rock lek would have been a nightmare to find on my own at dawn, but the driver... More
27 January 2015|
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Response from Deanna C | Reviewed this property |
Hi! The only real show you'd miss is the Cock-of-the-Rock display at dawn. Otherwise, the rest of the birds are around all day. If you had one of the local guides, they could help you find lots of wonderful birds, including... More