Welcome to Mindo

With its lovely setting surrounded on all sides by forested mountains, this pint-sized pueblo (small town) has become a deservedly popular destination for backpackers. It's conveniently located just off the main highway between Quito and Esmeraldas, with a curvy road that descends to the rather ramshackle yet immensely likable town center. It's become a site of sensual sensations, from aromatic coffees to chocolates that dazzle the taste buds and tickle your nose (several tours of each process are available). Hikers and weekenders from Quito and beyond flock here, and locals have created an impressive range of activities (rafting, tubing, ziplining) for enjoying the surrounding cloud forest.

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$227 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour: Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve from Quito

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Nambilla Cascadas, Mindo, Pichincha ProvinceIt's formed when the Nambilllo River precipitates and it is a natural resort that is especially popular for water sports such as rafting, swimming, hiking and picnics, achieving visitor distraction and fun.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Mariposario de Mindo, Mindo, Pichincha ProvinceIt has more than 18 species of butterflies that, by the hundreds, fly attractive, very close to visitors. You will have the opportunity to marvel at the process of these insects from their egg state to their butterfly transformation,Duration: 20 minutes

$60 Outdoor Activities

Quito to Mindo Cloud Forest: Eco Adventure Private Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, Mindo, Pichincha Provinceubicado a dos horas de la ciudad de Quito se encuentra el precioso bosque nublado de Mindo, refugio de una gran diverisidad de coloridas aves , mamiferos, y un gran numero de animales, lugar magico donde disfrutaremos de caminatas paisajes e interesantes visitas.located two hours from the city of Quito is the beautiful cloud forest of Mindo, refuge of a great diverism of colorful birds, mammals, and a large number of animals, magical place where we will enjoy hiking landscapes and interesting visitsDuration: 9 hoursStop At: Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, Mindo, Pichincha Provinceun hermosos lugar para ver diferentes tipos de mariposas de bosque nublado a beautiful place to see different types of cloudy forest butterfliesDuration: 45 minutesPass By: Rio Bravo Reserve, Mindo, Pichincha Provincepasaremos muy cerca a la reserva de rio Bravo aunque no esta en la visita programada

$97.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Mindo Zipline, Chocolate, Intiñan Equator Museum Tour

First you will be picked up in your hotel in Quito. Then you will be transported to the north of the province until you reach Mindo town. Your first activity it a taste of coffee and delicious brownie at chocolate factory Quetzal with the possibility of taking a little tour and discover the traditional chocolate process. Next stop get ready for a fun ride in the extreme "Canopy" lines. Once you finish you'll have time for a delicious traditional lunch. The last stop on the way back to Quito is a visit to the Intiñan museum on the “Mitad del Mundo” (Equator). Here your will appreciate the peculiar and test of the Earth's magnetism forces and the Coriolis effect. 7:00am: Pick-up at hotel in Quito and start driving to Mindo 9:30am: Coffee and delicious brownie at chocolate factory Quetzal (chocolate tour optional) 11:00am: Canopy tour (10 lines) 1:00pm: Lunch at a local restaurant 4:00pm: Visit to the Intiñan museum, located 200 meters from the Middle of the World (equator). 6:00pm: Back in Quito

$63 Day Trips & Excursions

Mindo Shared Day Trip from Quito

Schedule06:50/07:10 Leave from Plaza Foch in Quito at 07:00 (so please be there at 6:50) or from The “Old Town” location at 06:30 (so please be there at 6:20) for transport to Mindo. 09:00 Butterfly farm and the Hummingbird feeders visit ($ 6) 10:00 Tarabita and waterfall walking ($ 5) 12:00 Canopy (2 or 3 lines $ 8), (10 lines $ 20) 14:00 Lunch 15:00 Visit to the chocolate factory ($ 10) 18:00 Return to Quito *Note: All hours are approximate, except for the starting time. Once you arrive in Mindo´s Cloud Forest will visit a Butterfly farm and Hummingbird feeders, don´t forget your camera. The adventure continues with the Canopying with 10 zip lines of different lengths that range from 20 to 400 mts and with different characteristics for all adventure seekers of all ages. If you prefer another activity, we also have another option of trekking across the cloud forest to visit a waterfall and a ride in a “Tarabita”(Cable tram). After all these exciting activities will take a break for lunch. Afterwards will leave Mindo towards Quito but first will visit another special spot to view hummingbirds, butterflies and possibility we can spot some Tanagers and Toucans. Mindo is a mountain area watershed or landmark, located at the western side of the Ecuadorian Andes. Here, two of the most bio-diverse ecoregions in the world meet: the Chocoan Lowlands and the Tropical Andes. This tour is recommended for all types of adventurous travelers.We offer a shared tour for Mindo every Friday. The group size ranges from 1 to 15 people. The transportation will be in a comfortable Van and you will be traveling with an English speaking guide.

$369 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Day Private Tour to Mindo Cloud Forest from Quito

Day 1: Mitad del Mundo, Hummingbirds, hiking into the reserve.Departure from Quito in the morning, you'll visit Middle of the World Monument (Mitad del Mundo). Marvel at the Inti Ñan Museum, where you’ll have a chance to participate in several experiments such as watching water go down a drain in a different direction, balancing an egg on a nail, and using an ancient sun dial.Admiring the landscape on the Andes Mountains we will make the first stop the visit the hummingbird Garden. A unique spot a local farm to see from 10 to 20 species of hummingbirds ( depending on the season or time of the day) and try local tropical fruits.  Be ready to walk for more than one hour into the cloud forest  which is well-known to support an exceptionally diverse biological community that includes numerous endemic species  plants or animals found nowhere else on earth. A series of beautiful streams and  waterfalls are found in the reserve. Then, you will reach the Mindo Protected Reserve area (1,300 meters above sea level). Located northwest of Quito, this is one of the highest biodiversity places in the world, this area is also known as the birdwatcher’s paradise. Here you can enjoy of many unique activities which include zip line, rappelling, tubing, a chocolate factory  and much more (cost of these activities not included). Have a wonderful time enjoying of everything that this unique spot offers. Day 2: Activities in MindoBreakfast and hotel checkout, then, you'll be able to choose an activity of your choice. participate in activities of your choice. Choose from ziplining, birding guided tour, chocolate or coffee tour, tubing or abseiling, biking etc... The cost of the activities are not included in the package. In the afternoon after lunch return to Quito.

$78 Day Trips & Excursions

Quito to Mindo Cloud Forest Full-Day Adventure and Nature Tour

Early in the morning leave Quito by car driving northwest of Pichincha province. Ride through the road to the Coast (Mitad del Mundo - Calacalí – Los Bancos) and enjoy the view of small towns in the highway witnessing an astounding landscape transformation on the way. After approximately one 1 and 1/2 hour, arrive at the lovely Mindo ParrishOnce you arrive in Mindo Cloud Forest take a small walk I the town and then head towards the Butterfly farm and Hummingbird Feeders (don´t forget your camera).Afterward, you may choose your desired adventure: Option 1: For adventure seekers, go for the Canopying, 13 zip lines of different lengths that range from 20 to 400 meters, an adrenaline-filled ride which enables an amazing view of the cloud forest. (Cost of the Canopy activity not included in the price of the tour)Option 2: Go for a trekking adventure across the cloud forest towards a waterfall and a ride Mindo’s famous “Tarabita”(Cable tram). Take your time to observe Mindo’s natural beauties and diversity.   Take a break for a local-style lunch.  Explore Mindo once a more and visit another special spot to view hummingbirds, butterflies and, with some luck Tanagers and Toucans.Head back to Quito around 5 pm.* IMPORTANT NOTE: For Friday departures (open departures), meet with your guide and fellow travelers at 6:45am at the centrally located meeting point at Mariscal Barrio at 6:45am. For Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat and Sun departures, the guide will pick you up at your hotel in Quito around 8:00 - 8:30am.