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“Beautiful and peaceful nature!”

Las Tangaras Reserve (Reserva las Tangaras)
Ranked #5 of 29 things to do in Mindo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Set in spectacular cloud forest near Mindo, Ecuador, Reserva las Tangaras is home to more than 300 bird species including Choco endemics: Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Club-winged Manakin, and Choco Toucan. Rare amphibians and reptiles, 25+ species of hummingbird, spectacled bear, and endangered capuchin monkeys reside here. 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 sunrise and night walks to see tropical frogs. A network of trails, camping areas, and river and waterfall swimming holes are easily reached from the reserve lodge. We offer a beautiful and comfortable lodge with a large private or communal sleeping loft, hot showers, flush toilet, library, and delicious homemade meals. Join us at the Reserve for an incredible experience living in, learning about, and exploring the cloud forest.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 5 September 2012 via mobile

We spent 4 days camping by the river in an amazing landscape : the cloud forest, its birds and its waterfalls...
The campsite is beautiful. There is a basic shelter for cooking. If you don't have a tent you can stay in the refuge where they have a kitchen, water safe to drink, and even shower with hot water...

The couple that runned the place were very nice.

This place is very Peaceful, not so many people come to visit.

3  Thank claire g
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

its for people how do not need so called adventure sports to enjoy nature, be quiet, watch animals. especially the cock of the rock is easily viewed

3  Thank Franziska H
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

We had a spare morning in Mindo, and decided to pay a visit to Las Tangaras Reserve, as we had heard it had a Cock of the Rock 'lek', as well as being a great place for bird life in general. Well, we certainly wished we'd had longer to spend there.

The hike from Mindo to the entrance of the Reserve takes about an hour, along the road to the Nambillo Waterfall (a nice hike in itself). We had been told it was then another 20 minutes from the entrance to the 'lodge', but in fact it took us 45 minutes along a very muddy, and in places overgrown, downhill path. It was fun, but wear long pants and sleeves, as you are walking through long grass at times ... and there were a lot of ants on the path. We bumped into the volunteer couple who were looking after the lodge on the way. They were going to town to get their gas bottles refilled - a major undertaking in such a remote location!

The lodge is at the bottom of the valley, across an Indiana Jones-style bridge. Options to stay there are camping or in the wooden lodge - both basic. Sadly we didn't have time to check out the numerous trails, or bathe in the river; and we were far too late in the day for the 'lek'.

So, if visiting, be sure to stay overnight, to enjoy these attractions, including the early morning birding activity, and soak up the peaceful, natural atmosphere.

4  Thank RainforestCruises
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Reviewed 14 September 2017
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