Welcome to Mindo

With its lovely setting surrounded on all sides by forested mountains, this pint-sized pueblo has become a deservedly popular destination for backpackers. Conveniently located just off the main highway between Quito and Esmeraldas, a curvy road descends to a 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

When your friendly guide picks you up from your hotel in Quito, venture out of the city on a 90-minute drive to Mindo, home to almost 50,000 acres of Ecuadorian cloud forest. The Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo (Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest) is an outstanding reserve for 350 species of birds, including the toucan-barbet and the golden-headed quetzal. Your private tour begins with commentary from your guide, who will share knowledge of the region’s ecology and prepare you for a day of exploration in lush vegetation. As you leave the urban landscape, immerse yourself in the gorgeous scenery out your window until you arrive in the misty valley and town of Mindo, an eco-friendly base for exploring the region. Then, get ready to embark on a trek through the rainforest with your guide, who will customize the hike to your desired level of difficulty. Head into the forest, following a foot trail, and stop to learn about the flora and fauna along the way. You’ll cross streams and walk along the riverbank, and pass gorgeous cascades such as Nambillo Waterfall, which reaches a height of 50 feet (15 meters). Your guide will point out the parrots and hummingbirds, as well as adventurers braving the waters on kayaks and rafts. If you dare, you can dip into the refreshing pools, with temperatures hovering around 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius). Enjoy a packed lunch while surrounded by this natural paradise, before your guide delivers you back to your hotel in Quito.

$94.65 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 Mindo9:30am: Coffee and delicious brownie at chocolate factory Quetzal (chocolate tour optional)11:00am: Canopy tour (10 lines)1:00pm: Lunch at a local restaurant2:00pm: Lunch4:00pm: Visit to the Intiñan museum on the “Mitad del Mundo” (equator)6:00pm: Return to QuitoPlease note: These times are approximate, this tour is a private tour only with your travel party so you can also start your tour later if you prefer.

$60 Outdoor Activities

Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest, Butterfly Farm, and Chocolate Tour from Quito

Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8 AM and take you on this exciting excursion to Mindo’s Cloud Forest. During the 2 hour drive you can appreciate the transformation of the dry vegetation into a lush green forest.  Up to 3 passengers will be accommodated in a SUV. Groups with more than 3 passengers will be accommodated in either a H1 Hyundai, County bus or tour bus depending on the number of passengers and availability. All vehicles are equipped with air conditioning.  Upon arrival you will first visit the Mindo butterfly farm. Here you can observe their four-stage life cycle while enjoying the presence of many beautiful colorful butterflies. If you are lucky you will see one or more butterflies emerging from their cocoons. If you like chocolate then you will love our next stop; the Chocolate factory. In a guided tour you will be shown how chocolate is being made from ‘bean to bar’. The most exciting part for some is tasting the different flavors of chocolate.The rest of the day can be spent according to your interests. You can enjoy from activities such as hiking, zip-lining or visit one of the Orchid farms.At the end of the day your guide will take you back to your hotel where you will arrive around 5 PM.

$288 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 2-Day Mindo Cloud Forest from Quito

Day 1: (dinner)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.Plus, stop at the Pululahua inhabited crater or hummingbird garden which are on the way to Mindo (these activities are optional)On arrival in Mindo at around 2pm, you'll check into the lodge and then  participate in activities of your choice. Choose from ziplining, a tour of chocolate factory, wandering around or Orchid Garden. The cost of the activities are not included in the package cost.Conclude your first day with dinner and a restful night in your accomodation. Day 2: (breakfast, lunch)Following breakfast and hotel checkout, you'll be able to choose an activity of your choice. participate in activities of your choice. Choose from ziplining, birding guided tour, walking and swimming on the waterfalls, tubing or abseiling. The cost of the activities are not included in the package. Your tour concludes with drop-off in Quito.

$77 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 Parrish Once 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. 

$45.56 Outdoor Activities

Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour from Quito

You will leave Quito at around 8am in your  transportation with your tour guide.The Mindo Valley 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, birdwatching, and herping. Much of the land is privately protected, and an additional 86 square kilometers (33 sq mi) falls within the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve (Spanish: Bosque Protector Mindo Nambillo). Mindo is a mountainous watershed situated in the western slopes of the Andes, where two of the most biologically diverse ecoregions in the world meet: the Chocoan lowlands and the Tropical Andes. In this transitional area, which covers an area of 268 square kilometers (103 sq mi) and ranges from 960–3,440 metres (3,150–11,290 ft) 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.