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Mindo Cloud Forest, Hummingbirds Sanctuary & Waterfalls/Full-Day from Quito

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Quito, Ecuador
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Discover the amazingly diverse wildlife and scenic beauty of the cloud forests of Mindo during this 8-hour day trip from Quito. This unique ecological area is known for having one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity anywhere on earth, including numerous exotic species of birds along with a wealth of fun attractions. During your excursion, you'll first stop by the Hummingbird Garden and walk into the forest to admire the beauty of this natural reserve before proceeding to Mindo. In Mindo, you can choose from among a range of optional activities (at your own expense), including a visit to a chocolate factory, an orchid garden tour, ziplining, a bird-watching trip with a local expert, and much more.
  • Explore the cloud forests of Mindo during this day trip from Quito
  • Stop on the way to Mindo to admire the beauty of the nature by visiting a Hummingbird Garden and going for a walk in the primary forest
  • Discover the amazing biodiversity of the area
  • Round-trip transport included

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star-5
Great day trip to Mindo
RichardSiu
, Jun 2019
The trip was great, it covered many places in Mindo and had good options for extra activities. We paid extra for a family bicycle activity and a chocolate factory tour. The guide and driver were very friendly and helpful. The paid extra attention and care to our young children.
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We were supposed to be picked from our...
dzimmerm
, Oct 2018
We were supposed to be picked from our hotel at 8:00. We tried calling the tour company, but their phone only had a message saying they did not accept messages. A driver, not our guide, finally showed at 8:30. We then proceeded to pick up the third member of our tour at a different hotel. The person was not registered at this other hotel, so the driver drove the two us to meet our guide at the outskirts of Quito. Once we met our guide, he informed us we had to drive back into Quito, since our missing group member was waiting at another hotel. We finally picked her up at 10:15. She showed me emails from the tour company confirming her hotel pickup. I estimate the late driver and mix up with pickup cost us 3 hours. The guide put us in phone contact with the tour company manager, who promised free admissions and lunch us compensation. Neither promise was completely kept. A very low maximum was placed on lunch,we were informed after eating we owed an extra 10. We also were required to pay admission to a tour of a chocolate company. Much of this situation could have been rectified if the tour company answered their phone before 9:00am. We finally arrived back at our hotel at 8:15pm. I wonder what we didnt get to see? The very minuscule compensation did not even come close to what should have been offered. I would never use this tour company again.
star-5
Great day out of the City
Karen P
, Aug 2018
The Mindo Cloud Forest day trip was a really fun day. We were able to focus on our interests -- hummingbirds, butterflies, and hike in the cloud forest. All parts were great! Our guide Diego was informative and personable. Definitely a worthwhile trip from Quito if you are there for a few days. Nice to get out of the city and see some of the countryside of Ecuador. A must do!
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Not what I expected
nfedorenko
, Jun 2018
I felt like it was rushed, we were suppose to do all the over falls but only did one. We were suppose to pick what ever activity we wanted, but only one was allowed. We were suppose to go the the middle of the earth, the tour giluide didn’t want to until we all complained. We went to the middle of the earth and didn’t even go in, and the time was rushed. We made all these random stops to buy more stuff, which nobody wanted to do. Our tour guide and driver were really nice. But the whole experience wasn’t what was in the description. When we went to the middle of the earth, we took some pics from the outside and then left, thought there would be more explanation about everything, I saw online all these cool things that they do, like if you lift both arms, you can feel different weight or wind. Nothing like that was done. And all my pics are of me standing by the entrance by the guards. Description was not what we got.
star-5
Just a 2 hour drive out of Quito...
Samantha C
, Apr 2018
Just a 2 hour drive out of Quito, this trip is well worth the effort. Our day in Mindo included zip lining and a visit to a butterfly garden, a hummingbird garden and a chocolate producing site. The drive to Mindo itself is stunning as the road snakes through the forest. Anna-Maria our guide was fab.
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Guide was very nice and personable...
Dwayne T
, Apr 2018
Guide was very nice and personable, and van was comfortable. But that's the end of the positives. I booked late the day before, and was told the 95/pp was all that was available. Agreed, paid for it, and gave them the place we were staying in North Quito for pick-up. Got an email late Friday night saying it would cost an additional 20/pp for the pick-up. Since there was no cancellation possible I had to pay it. On the tour, we stopped at the middle of the world monument Which is part of the 95 tour... for 5 minutes. The guide said it wasn't part of this tour. We stopped for 10 minutes at the hummingbird place The admission price was the only fee included, then onto Mindo. They dropped us and another guest off for zip lining a lot of fun, but it was a separate charge at lunch time, so we had to wait. They picked us up afterwards and we stopped for lunch. Then 15 minutes of walking around Mindo before leaving. That was it. HUGELY overpriced 220 for 100 worth of Uber, and I really didn't appreciate the extortion on the additional charge. I would recommend avoiding Viator AT ALL COSTS!!!!
star-5
The Cloud Forest is beautiful from...
Laura G
, Apr 2018
The Cloud Forest is beautiful from the hummingbirds to tasting organic rainforest coffee and street food - on the way there to a hike to a waterfall and gondola ride over the rainforest to an Ecuadorian lunch and tour of the cacao farm. Brownies so yummy! The guide was informative and fun!
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PIck up and drop off was great...
Donald K
, Apr 2018
PIck up and drop off was great. Drive was good and views were great. The stop at the hummingbird sanctu8ary was great. The hike down the forest was exhausting. The rest was just ok. The description of tour said it included the Middle of the World, but the guide did not mention going there. When I asked, he said we could stop, but only for a picture. We did not get to go inside or really see anything. Disappointed in that. We had to go back later by taxi to see the Middle of the World. The Middle of the World was the best part and they left it out of the Tour. Very disappointed. My advice, take a taxi to Middle of the World for 45 round trip and spend 4 - 5 hours there. Skip the tour.
star-4
This tour was wonderful! Diego, our...
Elizabeth P
, Mar 2018
This tour was wonderful! Diego, our guide, was very knowledgeable and made the day wonderful. The open top cable car across the river was one of my favorite things!! We saw hummingbirds, butterflies, orchids, and did a chocolate tour. The landscape in this area of Ecuador is beautiful and this was our favorite tour while we were in Quito. Just two notes. First, the tour details state you stop at the Middle of the World complex, but that is not true. We drove by it, but did not stop. It should be removed from the description. Another person on the tour made the same comment. Second, things were presented to us as though we could choose what to do and that we didn't all have to do the same activities. We each made choices and said what we wanted to do while in Mindo. Then we ended up having to wait for others and we could not do different things from each other. We were still able to complete everything we wanted to do, but had some down time waiting for a few who wanted to do a hike. All in all, it's a great trip!
star-4
avoid the butterfly farm. Spent 150...
Peter S
, Mar 2018
avoid the butterfly farm. Spent 150 on food and chocolate at the chocolate factory and still had to pay 10 for the tour. Doesn't make sense.

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