Mindo Cloud Forest   

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No place in the country has a higher concentration of birds and vascular plants than Mindo, this nature lovers place offers a variety of experiences in the region that will make your stay a day to remember.

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Mindo Cloud Forest
Duration: 8 hours

It is located an hour and 45 minutes from Quito on the lower flanks of the western Andes in the Province of Pichincha. The Valley of Mindo is part of the protected 48,000 acres (19,200 hectares) Mindo Nambillo Reserve.

The Forest stretches over the slopes of Pichincha Volcano at altitudes from 4,700 to 1,400 meters, (15,500 to 4,600 feet) and covers diverse ecosystems ranging from the cloud-high, treeless plateau or “paramo” through subtropical forest to Tropical Rain Forest.

Cloud forests like Mindo have high humidity, cool temperatures and an abundance of wildlife and plants particularly epiphytes, varieties that grow on other plants. The Valley of Mindo is considered to be one of South America’s best bird-watching sites. BirdLife International named Mindo as the first IBA or Important Bird Area in the Americas in 1997, for its exceptional flora, fauna and botanical abundance, unique in species, considered vital for the development of ecological tourism.

Rates: From $137.00

  • Private transportation with an English – Spanish speaking guide.
  • Water refill or bottle of water
  • Entrance fee to an artisan chocolate factory
  • Entrance fee to a Butterfly farm
  • Entrance fee to Mindo cable car
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical services and travel insurance
  • Optional activities like canoeing, tubing, canopy zip lines, tarsonswing, coffee tour, hiking to the waterfalls and orchid farm. It is not possible to do all the activities listed above in a full day tour.