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From Quito: Guided Day Trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest

1. From Quito: Guided Day Trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest

Be picked up in the morning from the comfort of your accommodation in Quito. Sit back and relax in the air-conditioned van or all-terrain vehicle on the drive to the Mindo Cloud Forest ecological reserve. Go to an altitude of1, 900 meters above sea level. Ride along a winding road and stop at different viewpoints to take in the verdant landscapes. Stop at Mindo village, which is located at the southern edge of the Choco/Andean hotspot of biodiversity that stretches from south-western Colombia to north-western Ecuador. Take a cable car on a 530 meters-long-cable to the other side of the mountain. Travel to the Ondinas, Guarumos, Colibríes, Madre and Los Maderos waterfalls where you can stop to take a dip. Uncover the secrets of the local ecosystem as you look for hummingbirds, air plants, orchids and other surprising exotic species in this area that has international importance for birds. Have some free time to purchase a nice lunch or to explore the orchid and butterfly farm or the chocolate factory. Head back to your accommodation in the afternoon.

From Quito : 2-Day Mindo Private Excursion with Lodging

2. From Quito : 2-Day Mindo Private Excursion with Lodging

Discover the evergreen wilderness and spectacular natural diversity of the Andes’ western slope. Day 1: Depart Quito in the early morning and visit El Pahuma Orchid Reserve for a 1-hour hike to the waterfalls. Stop off at the Alambi Reserve to take photos inside the hummingbird garden. Enjoy lunch in Mindo, and take advantage of free time in the afternoon to explore the city on your own. Spend the night at a hotel in Mindo. Day 2: Wake up to a relaxing breakfast at the hotel before you start your day. Choose from a variety of activities to participate in at your own expense, including river tubing, ziplining, rappelling, or visiting the butterfly farm. Return to Quito at the end of the day.

Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour with Cable Car Ride

3. Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour with Cable Car Ride

After pickup from your hotel in Quito, take a 2-hour ride to the Bosque Protector Mindo Nambillo. Explore the cloud forest with your private bilingual guide, and appreciate the picturesque scenery even more on an included cable car ride. Learn about the 4 stages in the lives of butterflies at the butterfly garden, where you can observe around 1,200 of these colorful creatures. Next, walk through the cloud forest to one of the most visited natural attractions in Mindo, the Nambillo Waterfall. Formed by a rapid in the Nambillo, it's a popular natural spa. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the pool area, if you like. At the end of your, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in Quito.

Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour

4. Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour

You will leave Quito at around 8:00AM in a private private car with your tour guide. From here you will venture towards the Mindo Valley, which is among the most heavily visited locations in Ecuador. Nearly 200,000 tourists visit the area annually to enjoy activities such as rafting, tubing, trekking, mountain biking, canyoning, horseback riding, bird watching, and herping. Much of the land is privately protected, and an additional 86 square kilometers falls within the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve. Mindo is a mountainous watershed situated in the western slopes of the Andes, where two of the most biologically diverse eco-regions in the world meet: the Chocoan lowlands and the Tropical Andes. This transitional preserve covers an area of 268 square kilometers and ranges from 960–3,440 meters above sea level. Three rivers (Mindo, Saloya and Cinto) and hundreds of streams irrigate the landscape, which consists of a patchwork of cloud forests, secondary forests, agricultural land, and human settlements.

From Quito: Mindo Trekking & Wildlife Guided Day Trip

5. From Quito: Mindo Trekking & Wildlife Guided Day Trip

Pick from your hotel. Driving for around 2 hours We will get to Mindo. On the way , If you like We can stop in Los Armadillos garden to watch birds, At the place you can get some of coffee or drink. If your have another garden in your mine We can skip this. Getting to Mindo, We will go straight to the forest to walk and see Nambillo waterfall . To cross between mountains We will ride a rustic Cable car. If you want to see hundreds of butterflies , It is the place where the paradise is REAL. At the half of the day, if you are hungry We can enjoy good food, places where you will enjoy your meal. Yumbos chocolate factory is the last place to be visited. It is a great experience because you will see the fruit, taste some of chocolates and locals fruits. We will leave the area around 4 pm and get to Quito at 6 pm.

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What people are saying about Mindo Valley

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Mindo is definitely worth a visit and Diego was a very good guide who was able to tell a lot about everything we encountered in good English. The visit to the hummingbird sanctuary and the birdwatching tour was top notch. Nice experience to see all the colorful birds. The only downside was that when we booked we were assured that we would sleep in the beautiful Terra Bambu Lodge. The day itself we heard that a reservation had been made in another place. It was certainly not bad there, but a real downgrade compared to Terra Bambu Lodge (no big room, no view, ...).

Nice tour, especially for the kids. A long day, but we knew that in advance. The only minus point on the site is that lunch is included. We paid for this ourselves. Contacted about this. If all goes well we will get 16 USD back. Good guide (Erika) and driver (Charlie) Both very helpful. All in all a nice day

Really sweet guide and with the opportunity to decide for yourself what you would spend the day on. We thought the zipline was included in the price but it was a different cable car. So it cost so just a little on top. The lunch that was included was not very inviting ..

We had a wonderful day, Erica and Alberto went above and beyond to make our day enjoyable. From Mindo to the chocolate factory everything was for our benefit. Even to giving me a helping hand up some of the steeper parts.

A really great, interesting tour with Ernesto and Diana, we spent a wonderful day, can only be recommended.