Mindo Cloud Forest

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Mistic and magical Mindo Cloud Forest. Immerse yourself into the thick vegetation of tres, wild flowers and orquids. Cloud Forest is located on the edge of the Andes. Just 60 miles away from the Quito city. Do one of the best day trips from Quito in small groups. Enjoy the sub-tropical climate in the ever-green forest. This sector is within the 10 most important eco systems on earth. Visit the Hummingbirds' paradaise a nature spot, perfect to do birdwatching and see the White-naked Jacobin, Golden olive Woodpecker, Purple-throated Woodsta, Golden Tanager among others. Have fun in the ziplining station crossing from one mountain to another one above the greenwoods. Walk through narrow paths covered with giant tree ferns. Visit the waterfall route and do swimming in crystalline ponds. Fly over the cloud forest in a tarabita or cable car. Explore the Mariposario of Mindo (Butterfly Garden). Make and taste the best Mindo chocolate. You will frequently travel on a semi-private model tour.

Itinerary

Duration: 9 hours

  • Early departure from Quito city will take us to the northwest of the Province. We will cross the northern populated area of Quito. After a 65-minute drive, we will stop in the Alambi reserve. This nature reserve is a premier place for birdwatching, especially to spot hummingbirds. We continue our way towards the cloud forest.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Alambi is a private reserve full of playful hummingbirds and other bird species. The reserve is located at the lower part of the Tandayapa valley at 4,900feet. This place is dreamy and perfect for taking pictures or filming the hummingbird flying on a slow-motion video. One of the experiences of this place is that you can feed the hummingbirds by holding a feeder and they will approach you with complete confidence. If you are lucky, we can find other species of birds such as the Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Oropendolas or Tanagers, Quetzals. Occasionally, they visit this place. Not far from this place, you can see a coffee plantation.

    Duration: 45 mins

    Admission fee is NOT included.

  • Lepidoptera or butterflies. These insects throughout their lives undergo a series of complex transformations known as metamorphosis, in which the embryo, larva, pupa and imago phases occur. You can witness this wonderful event in the Mariposario de Mindo. A garden full of these multicolored beings. The color factory is a greenhouse, where you can walk among butterflies and even feed them. An ideal place for nature lovers. Children will be fascinated with this activity in the cloud forest.

    Duration: 40 mins

    Admission fee is NOT included.

  • Visit the House of Chocolate, which is an artisanal chocolate factory located in Mindo Town. Chocolate site has a passion for Cacao and a vision of creating a chocolate factory of excellent quality for the benefit of the Ecuadorian farmers, workers and the delight of the consumers. Chocolate is pure and handmade, without preservatives or artificial flavorings. It is made from Cacao selected from Aromatic Varieties, which in Ecuador are called ‘National, Fine and Aromatic’. Together, we learn and taste Ecuadorian chocolate. A local expert guide will tell us about the origin of chocolate, the history of the cocoa plantations that are mostly found on the coast of Ecuador. We will see the process of making chocolate from the harvest to its refining to finally reach the tempering stage. Finally, we will taste the different types of chocolates with their respective purity.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Admission fee is NOT included.

  • Besides, Mindo offers activities such as: Ziplining which consists in a full tour of 10 cables or just 2 across the cloud forest. Another option, travellers can visit the butterfly spot, where you can observe the butterfly metamorphosis. You can also see the entire process that cocoa takes before becoming chocolate bars and see other derivative products that can be obtained from this fruit. If you love water sports, a great option is tubing. Tubing consists of getting on a series of inner tubes tied together and descending 3 km on the river. The suggested activities will be coordinated by our Guide, according to the available time or passengers' expectations. Finally, Transfer back to Quito.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Waterfall sanctuary is the best experience in Mindo. Cascades are located within a pristine protected forest in Mindo Highlands. We will take the "Tarabita" (Cable car powered by a car machine). The cable car will be the beginning of our adventure. We will cross over from one slope to another one, covering a distance of approximately 500 meters. From the cable car, we will observe the beautiful of the humid and warm Cloud Forest, cover by a dense and green vegetation of trees and plants of different sizes. Walk along by trails that will lead us to a series of waterfalls, starting from the smallest one until we reach the largest waterfall where visitors can enjoy a swim or dive in the refreshing and clear waters. The hike is about 2.5 km / 1,5 miles, on irregular terrain, where there are downhills and uphills. The activity is intended for children, adults and senior people. You do not need to have special training, although you should have a little experience in medium-distance walks.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Admission fee is NOT included.

Inclusions

  • Activities according to your expectations
  • A Naturalist Guide/Driver (English-speaking)
  • Pick up/drop off from the hotel

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance, tips and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees: Hummingbird Sanctuary $5 pp, Ziplining $ 20pp, Waterfall Santuary $ 5pp.
  • Chocolate Tour $10 pp, mountain cable railway $8 pp, orchid garden $4 pp, tubing $6 pp (*min 4 pax)
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4.9
79 Reviews
HQ Badge of Excellence
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Description

Mistic and magical Mindo Cloud Forest. Immerse yourself into the thick vegetation of tres, wild flowers and orquids. Cloud Forest is located on the edge of the Andes. Just 60 miles away from the Quito city. Do one of the best day trips from Quito in small groups. Enjoy the sub-tropical climate in the ever-green forest. This sector is within the 10 most important eco systems on earth. Visit the Hummingbirds' paradaise a nature spot, perfect to do birdwatching and see the White-naked Jacobin, Golden olive Woodpecker, Purple-throated Woodsta, Golden Tanager among others. Have fun in the ziplining station crossing from one mountain to another one above the greenwoods. Walk through narrow paths covered with giant tree ferns. Visit the waterfall route and do swimming in crystalline ponds. Fly over the cloud forest in a tarabita or cable car. Explore the Mariposario of Mindo (Butterfly Garden). Make and taste the best Mindo chocolate. You will frequently travel on a semi-private model tour.

Duration

9 hours

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

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