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Address: Sendero Cascadas Nambillo | La Puerta Es Antes de la "Tarabita" Y 2km Caminando Hasta El Rio Nambillo y la Entrada de la Reserva, Mindo, Ecuador
Phone Number:
+593 96 982 4972
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Las Tangaras is a 50-hectare ecological reserve owned and operated by Life...

Las Tangaras is a 50-hectare ecological reserve owned and operated by Life Net Nature, a non-profit conservation organization. Set in spectacular cloud forest near Mindo (100 km west of Quito, Ecuador), the protected area provides habitat for native plants and animals associated with tropical montane forest. As a buffer property for the Mindo-Nambillo Bosque Protector, Las Tangaras provides wildlife with additional habitat at elevations typically deforested for pasture and agriculture. Along with protecting native species, we host visitors who seek peaceful times in tropical nature, and we maintain a small facility for students and scientists wishing to pursue research of tropical montane forest ecosystems. We invite "ecologically minded" visitors - birdwatchers, photographers, and students of wildlife conservation. Las Tangaras features: Guided visits to an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek, with up to 18 cocks displaying at any one time (please note that the number of males displaying varies by season). A network of trails, camping areas, and river and waterfall swimming holes easily reached from the reserve lodge. A large diversity of birdlife, including 15 species of hummingbird at feeders, and many Choco endemics. A stay at a beautiful and comfortable lodge with hot showers, flush toilet, library, etc., and the option of delicious homemade meals for a small fee. Prices (2015) Entrance Fee/Day pass - $5 - includes access to all trails, outside shower and compost latrines, swimming areas,and picnic sites. Overnight at research cabin - $20 for an overnight visit (plus entry is $25 total per day) - includes accomodation, indoor hot shower, indoor toilet, library, etc. Camping - $5 per tent (plus entry is $10 total per day) - includes access to outdoor toilets and outdoor hot shower. Meals - Available upon request at reasonable prices. Guided Visit to Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek: $20 (plus entry is $25) All contributions are used directly to maintain the reserve. Volunteering as a Reserve Assistant: Join us at the Reserve for an incredible experience living in, learning about, and exploring the cloud forest. Volunteering as a Reserve Assistant is a valuable learning experience in conservation. Volunteers assist in biological research about the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, hummingbirds, and avian diversity. Potential projects include: creation of signs and educational materials for visitors, helping develop the orchard and garden, trail and reserve maintenance, and anything else we need to accomplish at the reserve! If you have experience in a certain area we can certainly use your help and appreciate new ideas. We include free time during the day for you to explore and relax on your own, as well as weekends for you to explore the area. Those who would like to contribute to the reserve as a volunteer may stay for 1-4 weeks ($12/day). This donation covers lodge accommodation and food at the reserve. A stay of at least one week ensures that you get the most of your experience! Please contact us at our phone or email address. We would be excited to have you volunteer at the reserve and we thank you in advance!

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This was great way to experence the Andean cloud forest and it spectacular birds.

I hiked many of the great trails in the pristine forest around the reserve where I saw Cock-of-the-Rock, Toucans, white-capped dippers and many tanager species. Back at the lodge... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
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Sebastopol, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having visited Mindo a few times for birding in several reserves, I was pleased to discover the LT reserve set in a off-the-beaten-track location where one is surrounded by healthy cloud forest. This was a day trip that I made to the lodge to reconnoiter the area for a future visit. The trail branching off the main road to the... More 

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Manglaralto, Ecuador
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We got a taxi for $6 from Mindo to the entrance of the 2km trail. The sign suggests it will take 45 min to hike the trail to get to the reserve lodge. We had no cell phone signal there, so if there were any mishaps, we wouldn't be able to call anyone. The sign also said that the reserve... More 

1 Thank TrudyM1965
dbecker54, Owner at Las Tangaras Reserve, responded to this review

Trudy M - Sorry to see that no one was at the station when you and your husband arrived. Good thing you were not planning on spending the night - always good to call ahead and make reservations for that! We currently have only one person managing the reserve. We usually hire a couple, but got caught out, so there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I hiked many of the great trails in the pristine forest around the reserve where I saw Cock-of-the-Rock, Toucans, white-capped dippers and many tanager species. Back at the lodge I enjoyed watching the flurries humingbirds at the feeders, 13 species in total. The homemade food prepared by the managers was great and a bargain.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Las Tangaras is one of those rare places that you feel the need to tell everyone about but at the same time you almost want to keep a secret so it remains so beautiful and tranquil. We stayed here for just one night but could easily have stayed longer, especially if like me you can spend hours watching hummingbirds zipping... More 

Thank Steellc
Bremen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

This is a place for everybody that wants to come close to the undisturbed cloud-forest. We stayed a full day (8 am - 4 pm) hiking around having lunch with the lovely Reserve-Managers which were eager to share their knowledge and their bird-books to help us identifying the birds we had seen on the hiking tour to the reserve. On... More 

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Las T, Manager at Las Tangaras Reserve, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your day at Las Tangaras. The tranquility and solitude is our favorite part of the reserve. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Lad Tangaras is a lovely reserve near Mindo. It's a bit out of the way, you have to hike about 2kms in to the lodge, but once you are there it is a peaceful, pretty, naturalist's paradise! The station managers when we went were really friendly and enthusiastic, making us very jealous of their wonderful experience working there, sharing their... More 

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Las T, Manager at Las Tangaras Reserve, responded to this review

We're so glad we could be a part of your time in Mindo. It sounds like you really made the most of your quick visit to the reserve! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

I recently went to Las Tangaras Reserve to get away from Quito madness. I visited two years ago to see the cock of the rock display and have always wanted to come back to stay at the lodge. The current managers, Zak and Callie, were amazing and I ended up staying for 3 days and nights. The scenery is incredible,... More 

Thank Jace M
Bali, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

What a great gem, hosted by incredible, enthusiastic, passionate, and knowledgable managers, Callie and Zach. We hiked in during the afternoon, spent one night, visited the cock of the rock lek, then out. It has the best lek in Mindo in terms of few people and encounters of multiple birds at close range. Our hosts had only been at their... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015 via mobile

The best we had in Mindo. Good paths, full nature, friendly staff, ... really nice! Advice: go early :-)

1 Thank Yannick D
Islip, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015 via mobile

Las Tangaras is a fantastic place to get away from the light and noise of the town. It's loaded with wildlife, and my trip to the Cock of the Rock lek was a really cool, unique activity. Best of all, the managers on site were friendly, and great conversation partners!

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