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Marcelo Arias Birding Tours

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Mindo Cloud Forest, Mindo, Ecuador
+593 98 065 9522
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 December 2014

Marcello Arias is associated with Rubby's Hostal (great place, see my review) in Mindo, Ecuador where I was staying so that's how I met him. He can take you on many different bird-watching trips in the Mindo vicinity (he has two relatives who are also...More

7  Thank Cubecritter
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 December 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...More

10  Thank Guide316067
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Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Doing bird watching in Mindo is a must. But how to choose the guide? We just took a risk and wrote e-mail to Marcelo - we found him here on tripadvisor. And we were really lucky! He came to say hello the day before our...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2018

Excellent Bird Photography Trip Our long waited bird photography trip to Ecuador was getting close and I set myself the task of looking for the bird guide. I found the name of Marcelo Arias in TripAdvisor as well as in a Travel Guide to Ecuador...More

Thank Mario E
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Don't miss this! We just ended a round-the-world year with our elementary school age girls, and the morning with Marcelo was a highlight. It was clear throughout the entire morning tour that Marcelo loves finding birds and loves sharing the joy with others. He found...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Originally, we had planned to hire Irman, his brother, as our guide. However, Irman arrived at our lodge the night before with back problems and recommended his brother, Marcelo, take us instead. We were wary of the sudden change, but decided to give it a...More

3  Thank Sheilam1987
Reviewed 14 May 2018

We spent 2 mornings with Marcelo birding in and around Mindo. We ended up with close to 90 species. The majority spotted in the forest and within a few seconds he had the bird in the scope. I have been birding for many years but...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 15 March 2018

We planned our bird-watching tour in Mindo several months in advance. Based on positive comments we found on the Internet, we opted to go with Marcelo Arias, and we weren’t disappointed! He was easy to communicate with ahead of time. He was punctual, picking us...More

1  Thank Fncjb123
Reviewed 3 March 2018

We spent two mornings with Marcelo in Mindo and had a great time. A lot of things about Marcelo were impressive: his knowledge of the birds, his ability with the scope, his ability to mimic the calls and songs. Very clear how much he loves...More

1  Thank aresco
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Marcelo's ability to spot and hear birds at a great distance paid off on our recent trip to Northern Peru's Owlet and Huembo Lodges. We saw endemics that were new for each of us along with birds we saw last year in Southern Ecuador.

1  Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 5 November 2017

If you are planning to do some birdwatching in the Mindo area (or anywhere else in Ecuador for that matter), make sure you book this guy! It does not matter what your level or experience in birdwatching is, because with his 18 years of experience,...More

2  Thank Carina-Anton
Reviewed 3 September 2017

I'm thinking the title of this review pretty much says it all. Marcelo is a gentleman and great company and he really knows his stuff. What more can I say? I had one of the best 24 hours of birding I've ever had in Marcelo's...More

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20 November 2017|
Response from Peter A | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I haven't been on TA for a long time. I contacted him through his brother Irman Arias, he has a web site. I cannot post URLs here, just search Google for Mindo Bird Guide. There is a contact form there. Actually, he... More
19 May 2015|
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Response from Cubecritter | Reviewed this property |
Are you the guy who posted the $30 review? Makes me wonder what happened. Perhaps if you had not paid before arriving then protocol is that a guide can take someone who has already paid? Its unclear to me if this is so... More