Protecting vulnerable ecosystems
My work and that of my family is focused on protecting vulnerable ecosystems and building an environmentally friendly future.
We need nature to subsist, so we fight for the conservation of territories that are being destroyed.
Conserving forests and the species that inhabit them is the insurance for the prosperity of current and future generations.
Chocó - Andean Cloud Forest
A WORLD FULL OF CREATURES TO DISCOVER
On the slopes of the Andes Mountains. With an area of approximately 286,000 hectares, the cloud forest forms a humid, mossy, jungle-like habitat that harbors a mega-diverse ecosystem.
More than 30 varieties of amphibians and reptiles, 42 species of mammals, 9 species of fish, 446 types of birds such as the cock-of-the-rock, the golden-headed quetzal and 35 kinds of hummingbirds inhabit this beautiful place.
Paz de las Aves Refuge
THE DREAM OF ANGEL PAZ, THE MAN WHO TALKS TO THE BIRDS
Located an hour and a half from Quito in the parish of Nanegalito, Refugio Paz de las Aves was founded on August 10, 2005 by Angel and Rodrigo Paz.
It is located in the biogeographic Chocó, a region that extends from the Panama Canal to Manabí, constituting an ecosystem that harbors many terrestrial and marine species.
Here, the Paz brothers and their children strive to preserve the natural beauty of the endangered species that inhabit the primary and secondary forests of Ecuador's Chocó-Andean region.
An awakening of illusions
One morning in 2005, the lives of my father Angel Paz and my uncle Rodrigo Paz changed.
After working in agriculture, livestock, timber extraction and hunting, they decided to become entrepreneurs and innovate in avitourism, thus becoming the Antpitta men.
Thus began a crazy dream, to protect this beautiful home that houses exotic species and is a source of inspiration for their souls.
A month after the founding of Refugio Paz de las Aves, our first visitor arrived and paid us 10$ for 4 hours. Thus began the miracle, just one tourist is enough for our lodge to be known worldwide and become one of the most visited places for bird watching and photography.
The Antpitta man
While opening the path to the cock of the rock, he observed a dark bird with long legs, thick beak and light brown spots on its chest eating earthworms;
The next day, my father Angel Paz returned and offered him earthworms that the bird rejected with all indifference, the forest became his home, because there he spent most of the time, until the big day came and after so much insistence he managed to gain his trust.
They became good friends, so she named the bird after my mother, the Giant Antpitta Maria is in charge of welcoming tourists, and wonders them with her unique dance.
After years of hard work, joys and sorrows, our Refuge is finally a specialized place for bird watching and photography. Finally our Refuge is a specialized place for bird watching and photography.
Currently we protect a territory of 15 hectares of forest, which houses 5 specimens of antpittas and more than 188 types of unique birds in the world.
In 2011, the refuge was included among the 10 best tourist sites for bird watching in Ecuador and was recognized with the "Ama la Vida" award granted by the Ministry of Tourism. It belongs to the Network of Important Bird Areas (IBAs), which are responsible for protecting globally threatened species.
Nanegalito - Mindo, vía Calacalí la Independencia
THE GREEN PARADISE OF THE ECUADORIAN ANDES
Don't miss the magical experience of visiting the cloud forest of the Andean Chocó, where two ecosystems intertwine to give life to truly incredible species.
Observe and photograph the beauty of the cock-of-the-rock, and be thrilled by the beautiful dance of the antpitta María.HOW TO FIND US
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YOUR SUPPORT IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BETTER FUTURE.
Our work is financed by the collaboration of visitors like you, who care about contributing to the defense of the vulnerable ecosystems of our planet.