Things to Do in Mindo
At Mindo Butterfly Farm (Mariposas de Mindo)—tucked in the ethereal Ecuadorian cloud forest region—get up close and personal with more than 1,000 species of butterflies at all stages of the life cycle. Even travelers not crazy about butterflies will be charmed by the small koi pond, fluttering hummingbirds, and picturesque surroundings.
Reach Mindo’s Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve and numerous waterfalls with ease, thanks to a thrilling, open-air cable car ride above the rain forest. Avoid having to hike all the way across the Nambillo River, and take in panoramic views while enjoying an experience available in few parts of the world.
Situated in the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, the Nambilla Waterfalls (Nambilla Cascadas) are a series of waterfalls connected by scenic hiking trails through the surrounding verdant rainforest. Here, look out for several species of bird, before swimming, paddling, or diving into the waterfall pools.