"Mariel and Angel were very helpful when we took a last-minute trip to South Florida last Spring. Spot-breasted Oriole was a particular highlight!"
"I recently went on a pelagic boat tour with Angel and Mariel. It was an awesome adventure of a lifetime! The tour was about birds, however, we were treated to the spectacle of at least 10 dolphins at one time following our boat for a while; jumping up, and offering the most amazing photo opportunities you will not find anywhere else. Both Angel and Mariel are very knowledgeable when it came to identifying the birds we saw. They spotted and identified them before anyone else could see them. We saw a great variety of birds, many of whom were lifers for me. Whether you are a birder or a photographer, of just want the adventure of a lifetime, I would highly recommend booking a trip with Angel and Mariel. You will not be disappointed!
"These are truly 2 special people that know their birds and habitats. And they are so darn cute together! 35 lifers and 12 species of Parrots and Parakeets was only matched by the amazing cultural experiences they showed me; especially their connection to Little Havana. Thank you guys for a lifetime memory!!!"
- David Fleischmann
"What a day I experienced with Angel & Mariel! Not only did we find excellent birds (16 lifers for me!) the lunch we had in Little Havana was amazing! Angel & Mariel excel at more than just birds; their knowledge of all the local fauna and history of the area is superb, plus they are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. Don't even think twice about spending time with them - just do it!"
"It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience following these two fantastic naturalists around for the day. They are hard working, skilled naturalists with vast knowledge of the fauna of their region. I found their ability to find birds and other wildlife to be unmatched and their people skills made the time spent with them especially memorable. I highly recommend them to anyone needing guides for the Miami and surrounding area."
"Angel & Mariel know south FL and its birds better than anyone else. You will never find a better or nicer guide!!!"
"Peggy and I had nothing but fun the whole day with Mariel and Angel. Great guides, great people, great birds, great sights!"
"An eBird Alert by Cornell University for a rare occuring Western Spindalis sent us to Fort Lauderdale where Angel Abreu was helping everyone see it feeding on figs with Spot-breasted Orioles! Then he shared a spot where we found an Atala Hairstreak Butterfly another s FL specialty. The next day Angel guided us and we located a a rare Bartrum's Scrub-Hairstreak, Common Hill Myna, Yellow-chevroned Parakeets & a mating pair of Horned Owls. Angel is knowledgable, dependable, conscious guide & determined to satisfy and provides for a fun relaxed style within a full day of fabulous experiences with nature."
- Nancy Crosby
I spent the last three days birding around Miami with Mariel and Angel. Their passion for nature is obvious and is equaled by their knowledge of all aspects of nature! I had a blast seeng south Florida through their eyes. I cannot wait to return!"
"Started the day meeting two professional birders, ended the day with eight life birds and two new friends."
"What a wonderful team of Outdoor Professionals. We saw an outstanding array of migrating and year round birds. Angel and Mariel led us to the habitat of eight new species of birds which were specialties of the Miami area. The last time we had that many new birds in one day was ten years ago, on our first day as birders. Their understanding of birds was enhanced and complimented by their knowledge of native plants, butterflies, insects and reptiles, and the history of Miami. They shared so much with us, it was impossible to absorb it all. But with all their knowledge, we never felt as if they were talking down to us. All the time we felt as if we were with family, sharing experiences and observations. However, their sharing didn’t stop with items of nature. They helped us with a settings problem on our camera, which was preventing us from focusing properly, and confirmed a problem with my truck. But what stood out most with us was the obvious warmth and caring attitude these two have for each other. This was one of the most pleasant and rewarding days of our ten years of birding."
"Awesome people! Highly recommend! Looking for a Nature tour in South Florida? This is the one!"
"Mariel and Angel are wonderful people and guides for Birds, nature and more in Florida."
-Dawn Simmons Fine
"There is nobody I'd rather be birding with in Florida than Angel and Mariel. Some serious passion and enthusiasm. Birding with the Abreus is always a good time, even over this winter in the pouring rain they managed to get me my lifer scissor-tailed flycatcher and the best look at a bald eagle I've ever had in Florida. The Abreus are extremely dedicated to getting you the birds, yet always follow proper birding ethics and are invested in bird conservation as well. I cannot recommend them enough. And Mariel's cookies aren't bad either!"
"Nature is Awesome is the place to go for your complete South Florida birding hookup. These guys are highly knowledgeable not only on bird ID, but have the inside track on where to find all the specialties. The best part about booking a trip with NIA is that they are sensational people, full of joy and living life the right way - always giving back to make our natural resources richer and their community stronger. Can't wait to see them again!"
"Birding the Miami-Dade area is a bit more challenging than birding other large metro areas! Between the traffic, the language barrier, a bit more crime, and very localized species, it's a lot more challenging on your own than with a guide. But the birds are GREAT! So if you're not from the South Florida area, I highly recommend Angel and Mariel Abreu as guides. They are native Miamians, bilingual, and know all the little neighborhoods to find Miami's highly sought-after birds. In one day we covered from Key Largo (Black-whiskered Vireo) to Cutler (Cave Swallows) to Kendall (Red-whiskered Bulbul) -- and much more. I highly recommend the Abreus. They are fun, energetic, and knowledgable, so you'll have a great time, learn a lot, and see lots of great birds!"
"What a fantastic experience with two of the nicest people! Spent half a day speed birding and got every bird on my list! Boy do they know Miami inside and out!!!"
"For birding in South Florida, you just can't beat Nature is Awesome Tours! My dear friends, Mariel and Angel Abreu are two of the greatest people that I have met during my 22 years of birding all over America. They are smart, fun to be with and can put you on the birds you need. Mariel and Angel are energetic and completely dependable, and no one will work harder to make sure that you get your birds and have a great time doing it. As a bonus, Mariel is a fabulous baker, and she always has a treat in store for their customers. I highly recommend them!!"
"During my 2014 bicycle big year, "Biking for Birds", I was put in touch with Angel and Mariel by any number of birders. I had spent a bit of time birding in South Florida prior to 2014, but I had spent zero experience with metro-Miami. Enter Angel, Mariel, and Nature is Awesome Tours. They met me near Kendall for what turned into a full day of birding - with a big twist. After our initial successes with Red-whiskered bulbul, Angel and I biked (yes, he biked with me!) around the city ticking birds such as White-winged parakeet, Bronzed cowbird, Common myna, Spot-breasted oriole, and White-crowned pigeon. I had allocated 2-3 days to find these birds that with their help took only a single day. Angel and Mariel are incredibly friendly. They are completely professional while still being personally accessible. If you are looking for bird finding help in South Florida, particularly the metro-Miami area, your first phone call should be to Angel and Mariel at Nature is Awesome Tours!"
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