5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Explore the diverse natural landscapes of Ecuador on a private tour of the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve from Quito. See gorgeous waterfalls and rushing rivers amid the tropical rainforest, and catch sight of unique species of insects and birds. During your hike, customized to your comfort level, your expert guide will inform you about the flora and fauna – from the mossy forest floor to the canopy. This trip is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and bird-lovers! Lunch is included in your full-day tour.

Highlights

  • Private full-day eco-tour to Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest from Quito
  • Take a scenic drive with gorgeous views of Ecuador’s vegetation
  • Trek through the Mindo rainforest, passing waterfalls and rivers
  • Look for 400 species of birds, butterflies and orchids that inhabit the area!
  • Enjoy a customized private hike with your knowledgeable guide
  • Satisfy your appetite with a packed lunch
  • Pickup and drop-off from most Quito hotels

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve from Quito

Mindo Cloud Forest 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

If you have more time to spend in Mindo, it would be nice to spend a few days to really see the birds and nature. But if you don't, this tour packed a lot of things in one day. Great guides and drivers. There are some great views on the way through the mountains. I've visited several butterfly farms before, but the butterflies at the Mindo one were the "friendliest" I've encountered, and loved to land on you. The hike through the cloud forest first required travel across a valley in a little open cable car, a bit frightening but nice views. Interesting plants and birds were pointed out along the way (although since we were there around noon, the birds were not as active). The waterfall is beautiful at the end. The stop at the orchid house lets you see some very tiny orchids. Lunch at the restaurant included amazing views of many different types of hummingbirds and tanagers. A great day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

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