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.

$108.18 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.

$322 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.

$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. 

$75 Private & Custom Tours

Mindo Cloud Forest Private Tour

Mindo – Nambillo is an ecological reserve, with approximately 22.000 hectares of primary forest. Inside this preserved area we can find a natural complex of 15 waterfalls, each one of them with a different height and beauty. Your guide will pick you up at 08h00 from your hotel in order to visit this fascinating place full of wildlife.Once at 1.900 meters above sea level, hummingbirds, air plants, orchids and other surprising exotic species will take our full attention! After going all the way through the curvy road, we will stop in different viewpoints to enjoy the landscape. After taking a lot of pictures, we will drive straight to Mindo village, which is located at the southern edge of the Choco/Andean hotspots of biodiversity that stretches from southwestern Colombia to northwestern Ecuador. The Mindo area has international importance for birds, designated as the first area in South America by Birdlife International in 1997. On this enchanting green kingdom a profusion of life awaits your discovery, that is why we will take a cable car that goes through a 530 meters long cable, to the other side of the mountain.Once in there, we will hike about 2 hours to visit the most beautiful waterfalls known as: “Ondinas”, “Guarumos”, “Colibríes”, “Madre” and “Los Maderos”. In any of them you can have a refreshing soak! Your guided tour will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation of the cloud forest, its birdlife and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment.We will have time for lunch and maybe for other visits as the orchid and butterfly farm or the chocolate factory. At 17h30 you´ll be back in Quito.