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.
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.
At 2 hours from Quito is Mindo a locality with a subtropical climate that relaxes us on arrival, for the flora and fauna that surrounds it, above all it is famous for the large number of hummingbirds that we can find. Here we will know the elaboration of artisanal chocolate in Yumbos Chocolate.