Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge, Mindo

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A birdwatchers paradise, Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge attracts visitors with its variety of birds including toucans, ant pittas, cocks of the rock, humming birds, and tanagers. The family owned bird sanctuary, established in 2005, offers tours ranging from a couple of hours to overnight, allowing you to view over 80% of the bird species inhabiting the refuge. If you'd like to stay longer, reserve a room in the wooden cabin. To visit Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge and other attractions in Mindo, use our Mindo vacation planner.
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  • July 20, 2017
    Our tour group (eight birders) was told in advance what to expect, and still we were amazed. Our visit started before dawn as we made the short hike to the Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek. Watch you head ...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    70 dollars from casa de Cada of Cecilia with the taxi and guide... but the price is well worth the effort! Guides, Venecio and his uncle Rodrigo, are not saved to and have sought tirelessly to what we see as many birds despite the fact that we were not great connoisseurs. A beautiful connection between Rodrigo and nature. As for the breakfast: very good and with home-made local products.
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  • July 2, 2017
    Please improve the road to your lodge. We got up at 5 am to view the Cock of the Rock and could not access you due to the poor condition of the road.  more »

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Mindo is a small town, but it offers an impressive variety of hostel accommodations. Options in rustic hotels near the Mindo River range from basic rooms with few amenities to spacious suites with lots of extras. Riverside establishments work especially well for nature lovers, offering outstanding views and quick access to nature trails. For the ultimate outdoor experience, consider staying at a campground--some offer free Wi-Fi, modern showers, and covered eating areas.
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