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Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge

#3 of 27 things to do in Mindo Features Animals
Between Nanegalito and Mindo | at Km. 66, Mindo, Ecuador
+593 98 725 3674
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Great place to see Endemic Bird Species

We saw 8 Coq of the Roc performing behind a copse of trees. Best to show up to the Lek viewing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
South Florida, Florida
Birdlife Nirvana

I came up from Quito to take advantage of the wonderful hospitality of the Paz family offered with... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
Camberley, United Kingdom
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Between Nanegalito and Mindo | at Km. 66, Mindo, Ecuador
+593 98 725 3674
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw 8 Coq of the Roc performing behind a copse of trees. Best to show up to the Lek viewing platform - a 200 meter walk from the road around 8AM when the males are most active, weather conditions permitting. After the "show" we...More

1  Thank jamusaba
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I came up from Quito to take advantage of the wonderful hospitality of the Paz family offered with its overnight stay package. It was raining quite hard when I arrived and so I stayed under the covered patio and watched the various humming bird species...More

2  Thank vinylwrap
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Many years ago, Angel Paz, figured out how to coax antpittas in to a feeding station to take worms. Until then, these shy denizens of the mountain forest were just about impossible to see. Angel is built a modest business of showing people his beloved...More

Thank Peter K
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
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Is transportation available from mindo town for afternoon cock of the rock experience?
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
Thanks for your review of Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge. Did you have your own car to get around?
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
Since we will be staying in Quito and it is not likely we will get to Mindo super early, will we be able to see many birds in the middle of the day. What activities do you advise given that we will need to return to Quito in the late afternoon.
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