Mindo, known for its coffee and chocolate production, sits just off the main road between Quito and Esmeraldas. On this chocolate-centric tour, get a behind-the-scenes look at the chocolate-making process from bean to bar at a small-batch factory. Taste fresh fruit straight from a cocoa tree and finish with a tasting of several varieties of chocolate.
Discover the ancient traditions and flavors of cacao during a 3-hour tour in Mindo. After a tour of an artisanal chocolate factory, sit down for a traditional Ecuadorian dinner served with beer and wine. Afterwards, prepare and enjoy a cacao drink, which was honed by the Mayans and Aztecs thousands of years ago. Listen to a live drumming performance as you roast, shell, and grind the beans.
Boasting a huge diversity of birdlife, the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve draws ornithologists worldwide. It’s also a popular destination for anyone wishing to escape the busy streets of Quito. With a private guide to help you set the itinerary, you can visit a butterfly farm, trek to waterfalls, go river tubing, and taste locally made chocolate and coffee. Transport is made easy with private hotel pickup in a 4WD vehicle.