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Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge

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Amazing birding with minimal effort. Best breakfast in Ecuador

I was with two friends who wanted to see the cock of the rock. We hiked to the Lek and were well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sheila L
Casares, Spain

You are pretty much guaranteed to see the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock males performing their mating... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alison B
Orillia, Canada
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Between Nanegalito and Mindo | at Km. 66, Mindo, Ecuador
+593 98 725 3674
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was with two friends who wanted to see the cock of the rock. We hiked to the Lek and were well rewarded by 12 of them calling and dancing! It was an amazing scene! We took our own guide Julia Patino from Mindo. She...More

Thank Sheila L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are pretty much guaranteed to see the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock males performing their mating ritual!

Thank Alison B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Angel and Rodrigo have created a wonderful place. Their buildings overlooking the forest and with bird feeders are ideally located - and their snacks are lovely! However, the delight is the visit through the forest to see the Antpittas, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Thank Diomedia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Birders! If you’re looking for an exceptional experience observing rare birds, you want this tour. The stewardship, know.edge and care and passion for nature and birds are present and alive with this tour. You won’t regret it. Even better? At the very end, you are...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Paz reserve is worth every penny (not many needed). This family run business is a model of how to be good stewards of this beautiful place near Mindo. They speak to the birds in a reverent and respectful manner. And the birds respond in...More

Thank Lafayette B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Talk about overload on unusual birds!! First we visited the Cock of the Rock lek where at least 6 males were doing their best to attract a mate. Then it was on to see several different Antpittas, some of which had become tame enough to...More

Thank TravlinWee
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Guides very knowledgeable with birds, even have some rare , shy birds trained to meet the photographers!

Thank Marjorie S
Reviewed 11 September 2018

A very enjoyable visit, very friendly and followed by lunch Lovely close up views of the Antpitta, and Lyre Tailed Nightjar.

Thank 47Anne70
Reviewed 9 August 2018

We recently stayed at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge with a group of (7) family members visiting from the USA to tour some of Ecuador together. Ages varied from 8 to 58. None of us are "birders", but all of us enjoyed the Refuge...More

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing morning Birding Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge. Fantastic views of special birds. Warm, welcoming and friendly hosts.

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Response from ddcool | Reviewed this property |
They will pick you up for $60
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