Welcome to Mindo

With its lovely setting surrounded on all sides by forested mountains, tiny Mindo 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. Development is in the air, however. A new hospital, sewage system, paved roads and sidewalks, and river promenade were... Read More

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$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Mindo Cloud Forest Day Trip from Quito

Your tour starts early in the morning as you are picked up from your hotel or accommodation in Quito. You wil drive towards the North to the Middle of the World complex. Here, you will make a short stop to take a unique picture if is the case.. You will continue the drive towards Mindo by crossing through small towns like Calacali and Nanegalito. 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 canopy, rapelling, tubbing, a chocolate factory,hummingbird Garden, waterfall hiking, orchid garden and many more (cost of activities not included). Have a wonderful time enjoying everything this beautiful cloud forest offers.After a fun-filled day, you will return to Quito.

$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.

$62.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Mindo Shared Day Trip from Quito

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. Note: All hours are approximate, except for the starting time. 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 07:20 (so please be there at 7:10) 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 Lunch15:00 Visit to the chocolate factory ($ 10)18:00 Return to Quito * Which activities will be done and in which order, depends on the group and has to be discussed with the tour guide.* Important things to bring: comfortable and light clothing, (a rain jacket, just in case) water, sun block, sunglasses and passport.* It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unpredictable circumstances.

$288 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private Tour: 2-Day Mindo Cloud Forest Overnight Tour from Quito

Day 1: (D)Departure in the morning from Quito. Stop at Mitad del Mundo Complex to visit 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 only inches away from either side of the equator, or balancing an egg on a nail, or using an ancient sun dial.We will also visit Pululahua inhabited crater which is located on the way to Mindo (these activities are optional). Once we arrive to Mindo around 1pm, check in the lodge and then we will go to participate in the activities you like: Zip Line, Chocolate Tour, Orchid Garden, birding guided tour, walking and swimming on the waterfalls, tubing, abseiling, butterfly farm. The cost of the activities are not included in the package. Includes: private transportation, certified bilingual guide, dinner and accommodationDay 2: (B)Time to enjoy of the Cloud Forest nature and participate in the activities you like: Zip Line, Chocolate Tour, Orchid Garden, birding guided tour, walking and swimming on the waterfalls, tubing, abseiling, butterfly farm. The cost of the activities are not included in the package. Around 3pm return to Quito from Mindo.Includes: private transportation, certified bilingual guide, breakfast

$107 Outdoor Activities

Private Tour to Mindo Cloud Forest from Quito

You will leave Quito at around 8am in your private 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.

$50 Outdoor Activities

Private Mindo Cloud Forest and Chocolate Factory Tour

Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 9am 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. 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 bird-watching, hiking and zip-lining.At the end of the day your guide will take you back to your hotel where you will arrive around 5pm.