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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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Ecuador Birding to Remember Forever!

The claims of seeing secretive birds and Andean Cock-of-the-Rock are all true! The Ecuadorian... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
Angle Paz and sons/and erxtended family wree some of the nicest folks I met in Ecuador. Angle has a very nice and quaint

This is perhaps one of the most productive Lodges we stayed at. Angle Paz known all over Ecuador... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
San Diego, California
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Between Nanegalito and Mindo | at Km. 66, Mindo, Ecuador
+593 98 725 3674
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Reviewed 13 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
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We chose this attraction to see the early morning display of the male cock-of-the-rock leq. We purchased the entry ticket through our b&b for $35 each to include the leq bird viewing followed by a half day bird watching. The attraction is run by two...More

1  Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Great experience to see a lot of local birds you would never see anywhere else. The guides for the property are able to bring in a lot of different types of birds in a well planned morning. The people are also very knowledgeable on the...More

Thank SydofBC
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This simple but lovely small lodge is located 30mn away from Mindo on a 25 ha private nature reserve. It was created by 2 brothers working the land and so passionate about birds that they actually “befriended” some very shy auntpittas (which will respond to...More

1  Thank ginsengNewYork
Reviewed 11 January 2017

This place is most famous for the Cock of the Rock lek and for the antpittas, and rightly so. But, there are many more exceptional birds there than that. And, to top it off, the breakfast they served was probably the best meal we had...More

1  Thank Racandee
Reviewed 7 January 2017

My husband loves photography, so I was so excited to bring him here (as I have been here before) He loved it! Angel and his crew are wonderful guides and did not disappoint us in seeing some of the cloud rainforest's rarer birds. My husband...More

Thank CristolKat
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge was my first time bird watching. I went at 6am. I saw several birds from the first blind and received good explanations from Angel. Later, we had breakfast there. The empanadas and plantain dumpling were good. We saw many...More

Thank Maria G
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Paz de las Aves is a great place to visit, not just to see the famous Cock in the Rock at around 6:00 am and the elusive Ant Pittas that apparently only Angel Paz and his family know how to locate, but lots of other...More

1  Thank Torsten F
Reviewed 17 December 2016

We arrived here very early, the only time to see the beautiful Cock of the Rock. We were not at the blind very long before two males arrived at the lek and proceeded to give us a great show with their posturing for supremacy. Next...More

Thank jjinatx
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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
23 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