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

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

$97.96 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

Quito to Mindo Cloud Forest: Eco Adventure Private Day Tour

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.

$369 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 2-Day 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. 

$75 Private & Custom Tours

Mindo Cloud Forest Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ecuador Best Tours, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceTour guide will pick you up from your hotel or address, within Quito's district, at 8:00 a.m.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, Mindo, Pichincha ProvinceVisit to a Hummingbirds Paradise.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, Mindo, Pichincha ProvinceVisit to Mindo Town.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, Mindo, Pichincha ProvinceCable car ride. Hike through Mindo Nambillo Reserve, or Zip line tour, or Butterflies farm visit, or Chocolate tour, etc.Duration: 3 hours