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Marcelo Arias Birding Tours

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Mindo Cloud Forest, Mindo, Ecuador
+593 98 065 9522
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Poor birding experience

Originally, we had planned to hire Irman, his brother, as our guide. However, Irman arrived at our... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Sheilam1987
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GREAT BIRDING EXPERIANCE

We spent 2 mornings with Marcelo birding in and around Mindo. We ended up with close to 90 species... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
Mike H
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Mindo Cloud Forest, Mindo, Ecuador
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

We booked a birdwatching tour with Marcelo and we can't recommend him enough!! Mainly because we really wanted to see the cock of the rocks. It was an amazing experience, we saw lots of males and a few females! If this wasn't already one of...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

I'd spent two mornings in Mindo with Marcelo, and these were probably my best two mornings during my two weeks stay in Ecuador. I'd seen so many birds and learned so much about the birds of the cloud forest. Marcelo is native to Mindo, works...More

1  Thank Peter A
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

We had a great morning with Marcelo. He saw birds we never would have seen ourselves and provided us with good binoculars and a telescope. We saw different kinds of tucans and other magnificent birds. We definitely recommend Marcelo Arias!

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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
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KPS282
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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
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