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Mindo Rainforest
Stretching over 48,000 acres (19,200 hectares) and reaching heights of 15,700 feet (4,778 meters), the Mindo Cloud Forest—part of the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve—is one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world. 

The Basics
Exploring the lush jungles and forests of the Mindo Cloud Forest is a popular choice for a day trip from Quito, and it’s a spectacular 2-hour drive from the capital. Most tours include a wildlife-watching trek through the forest or a jungle hike to a waterfall, and popular additions include a ride on the Tarabita cable car, a visit to the Mindo butterfly farm, and a tour of the Mindo Chocolate Factory. 

In addition to hiking and bird-watching, other outdoor activities in the Mindo Cloud Forest include zip-lining, river tubing along the Mindo River, mountain biking, and horseback riding through the jungle.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Prepare for hot, humid weather and bring a rain jacket as showers are common even in the dry season. Good hiking shoes are also essential.
  • There are several options for accommodation and dining in Mindo Village. 
  • The Mindo Cloud Forest is not wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
The Mindo Cloud Forest is located around 62 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Quito in the Andes Mountains and is about a 2-hour drive from the city. The easiest way to visit is as part of a tour or by hiring a private taxi. Buses also run daily from La Ofelia Station in Quito to Mindo Village. 

When to Get There
The best time for bird-watching at Mindo is during the wet season, which runs December through April, when the highest number of migratory birds are present. Hiking and outdoor activities are possible year-round.

Wildlife Watching in the Mindo Cloud Forest
Thanks to its mild climate, high humidity, and regular rainfall, the Mindo Cloud Forest boasts a unique ecosystem where plant and wildlife flourish. Over 400 species of bird call the forest home, including hummingbirds, tanagers, woodpeckers, and partridge, alongside a number of rare butterfly species. The area is also notable for its wild orchids, with over 170 species present; other flora include bromeliads, heliconias, and ferns. 
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Mindo's Cable Car and Waterfall Sanctuary

A brief cable car ride through the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve not only lets you admire the rain forest canopy up close, but also cuts down on the hike to the popular Nambillo Waterfall. Each open-air car holds up to six people, giving the option of taking the short trip with your group.
  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours
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Private Mindo Ziplining, Chocolate Tasting, and Equator Museum Tour

Escape the city for a full-day adventure in the Ecuadorian Andes on this private tour from Quito. Get your adrenaline pumping as you zipline through the Mindo Cloud Forest, sample coffee and chocolate on a tour of the El Quetzal Chocolate Factory, and walk along the equator line at the Mitad del Mundo. Tour includes lunch, hotel pickup, and all activities.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Mindo Shared Day Trip from Quito

Experience the beauty and tranquility of one of Ecuador's top ecotourism sites on this Mindo shared day trip from the capital. Venture into Los Bancos canton, approximately two hours from Quito, and see the Nambillo Protected Forest on this small-group excursion. You'll spend an entire day exploring the rural countryside and get an up-close look at more than 500 species of indigenous birds, and dozens of various butterflies. This tour is perfect for the traveler who wants to escape the urban landscape and get back to nature.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Tour to Mindo Cloud Forest & Adventure

Swap the bustling streets of Quito for the serenity of the cloud forest. This private day trip takes you to the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve north of the city to admire butterflies and waterfalls. It’s an ideal itinerary for anyone looking for a nature break, while surrounded by the sights of orchids and sounds of birdlife. Transport is provided from centrally located hotels.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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MINDO CLOUD FOREST

We offer a guided tour with guides specialized in nature and activities that will make your trip an unforgettable experience.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
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Mindo Cloud Forest

Immerse yourself in the dense vegetation of the cloud forest. Mindo is located on the slopes of the western Andes. It is the transition zone between the highlands and the coast. The average altitude ranges from 2000m (6562 ft) asl and 1000m asl (3281 ft). This natural region is located in the Protector Forest Nambillo - Mindo. The reserve covers approximately 20 thousand hectares almost 20 thousand soccer fields. In addition, Mindo is part of the ecological corridor or hotspot so called Chocoan-Darien that goes from Ecuador until Colombia. This hotspot is one of the most biodiverse and endangered habitats. Hence, this bio-diversesity is within the 10 most important eco-regions in the world.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mindo Cloud Forest - 1 Day -Private Tour

Visiting The Cloud Forest of Mindo is the good opportunity to have contact with the nature, and its so close of Quito City (2 hours). Located in the northwest of the Cordillera of the Andes, creates the best environment for birdwatching, and other activities like: hiking to the waterfall in the Nambillo Reserve, enjoying the butterflies farm, tasting the favor of chocolate, and for the intrepid people taking the Zip line, or just having the good Cafe of that Place. Itinerary:• Pick up from the hotel• Visit Butterfly• Walk to the Nambillo waterfall• Zip line Activities• Chocolate Factory• Coffee Museum• Return to Quito
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mindo cloud-forest adventure - nature day tour

In this tour you will explore the cloud forest, visit the hummingbird feeders and also observe other beautiful birds. You can practice extreme sports such as zip-lining or cable-car to the waterfall. A chocolate tour is also available. Mindo is a unique and special place.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest, Butterfly Farm, and Chocolate Tour from Quito

Mindo, just two hours from Quito, is in a biodiverse cloud forest that's home to hundreds of species of birds and butterflies. This full-day tour with a private driver and guide includes a visit to a butterfly farm and a tour of a chocolate factory plus one other eco-adventure of your choosing, including ziplining, hiking, or an orchid farm visit, for a customized experience.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
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Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour

After private pickup from your Quito hotel, head to the Cloud Forest in Mindo. Your private day tour stops at the best viewpoints and gives you plenty of time to take photos. Get the best views of the plants and wildlife on a 530-meter cable car ride through the Cloud Forest.  Let your private guide lead you to the best waterfalls in Ecuador, before returning you to your hotel.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Full-Day Adventure and Nature Tour of the Mindo Cloud Forest from Quito, Ecuador

This full-day tour of the Mindo Cloud Forest from Quito, Ecuador is designed to combine nature and adventure in one of the most biodiverse regions on earth. Explore the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve looking for birds in the wild and at hummingbird feeders in Mindo town. Choose a zipline adventure (extra cost) or a jungle hike to a waterfall, then relax with lunch and more birds or butterflies.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Mindo Cloud Forest Day Trip from Quito

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour from Quito

The Mindo Cloud Forest is a top destination for hiking and bird watching, and this private full-day tour from Quito lets you explore at your own pace. Discover the wild landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes, visit the orchid and butterfly gardens, and spot rare and endangered birds on a thrilling forest hike. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mindo Tour Including Coffee, Chocolate, and Cloud Forest

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Eco Coffee and Cacao farm two hours from Quito with waterfalls, birds.........

This is a family owned Eco farm that is totoally organic and grows the finest cacao in the world.....Ecuadoriano Nacional. We are unique in that we also grow Cafe Arabica which most Cacao farms do not grow. Our coffee is distributed only to our Cafe in Quito. This is not a tourist area as this is an undevleoped area with only small Ecuadorian farms.We offer a local cusine lunch and if you decide to stay....we have cabins!There are also botanical gardnes and exoctic birds on the property. Your party will be the only ones present on the farm during your tour. The best and most economical way to arrive is by bus. We will meet you at our Cafe in Quito and then take the metro bus (or share and Uber or taxi) to the Ofelia bus station. The bus we use is complete with phone charger and internet....$4.00. We will have a taxi take us from the town of Pacto to the farm $5. The same cost for transportation for the return. Private transportation can be arranged...please inquire about pricing.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Mindo Cloud Forest Day Tour

Spend the day hiking around the Mindo Rainforest, replte with exoitc wildlife and verdant flora, on a full-day tour from Quito. Perfect for lovers of nature, this tour takes you to waterfalls and valleys of Mindo cloud forest, located in the shadow of the Pichincha Volcano. Visit a butterfly farm and hummingbird park, and opt to conquer a canopy adventure featuring hanging bridges and 10 ziplines at an additional cost. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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2 Day Private Tour to Mindo Cloud Forest from Quito

Designed to delight lovers of nature, this private 2-day tour whisks you away from bustling Quito and takes you to Mindo Rainforest, one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world. Marvel at hummingbirds and more than 70 species of orchids; visit the Middle of the World Monument (Mitad del Mundo); and enjoy activities such as ziplining and chocolate factory tour at your own expense. One nights accommodation, select meals, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Quito are included.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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EXCURSION MIDDLE OF THE WORLD & HUMMINGBIRDS ALAMBI

The country of Ecuador takes its name from the line that divides the Earth into two hemispheres. Take a tour of the Middle of the World complex on a private excursion and set foot in both hemispheres. Explore the Museum of Intinan to learn about equatorial science and the indigenous cultures of Ecuador. Finally, stop at Alambi in the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve and admire the various bird species.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Mindo Ziplining

This ziplinging tour in the Mindo Cloud Forest is a steal. One entrance ticket grants you access to a total of ten zipline cables ranging from 65 feet (20 meters) to 1,300 feet (400 meters), all of which criss-cross over the stunning cloud forest environment. This family-friendly activity includes a safety guide, instructions, and equipment, and it's suitable children ages six and up.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Mindo Bike Rental

Experience Mindo by bike on a fun and affordable self-guided adventure. Explore at your own pace with an all-day bicycle rental with helmet included. Travel through Mindo’s scenic cloud forests on an environmentally-friendly bicycle and choose an invigorating workout cycling uphill to our enchanting waterfalls or take a well-deserved and refreshing swim in their pools.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Full Day Tour to Mindo with Friends! (English)

Mindo is a beautiful valley located two hours northwest of Quito, on the western slopes of the Pichincha volcano. This place offers amazing natural landscapes and many adventure activities. Once you arrive in Mindo's cloud forest you will visit a butterfly farm and hummingbird feeders. Don't forget your camera! The adventure continues with canopying, with 13 zip lines of different lengths that range from 20 to 400 m and with different characteristics for adventure seekers of all ages. If you prefer another activity, we also offer the option of riding in a tarabita (a small cable car) and hiking across the cloud forest to visit beautiful waterfalls. After all of these exciting activities, you will have a break for lunch. Before departing from Mindo you will visit another special spot for birdwatching.The price applies to groups of three or more passengers. In case the minimum number of passengers is not reached, we will contact you by email in order to reschedule the day of the tour.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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2-Days Mindo Cloud Forest Private Adventure

Discover one of the most biodiverse regions of the planet, and experience the wonderful natural environment practicing fun activities such as hiking, tubing, birdwatching and zip lining!! Relax at a very charming lodge, surrounded by exotic colourful birds. It will be hard to believe that a very pristine subtropical rainforest can be that close to Quito..! Within this enchanting green kingdom a profusion of life awaits your discovery, including botanical treasures such as bromeliads and orchids..! Come join us, and have a memorable life experience...!
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Ecuador Cloud Forest 5 Days Hiking Tour

The cloud forest in Ecuador has a large number birds, waterfalls , orchids that you will love it to explore and discover on this tour . Our program is being setted in order to have another nice opportunity to admire this exhuberant Forest.... Get Ready to Explore and Hike with us!!!!
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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ECUADOR ANDEAN HIGHLIGHTS CULTURE & NATURE INMERSION TOUR 7 DAYS

Discover the secrets of the Ecuadorian Andes and cloud forest regions with a full-immersion in the cultural and natural wonders that make Ecuador one of the countries with the biggest biodiversity in the world.Enjoy waterfalls, butterflies, bird watching and chocolate making in the tropical paradise of Mindo, then take a spectacular drive through the cloud forest to reach the coffee valley of Intag, where you will visit a coffee plantation. Back to the highlands, visit Cuicocha crater-lake, the world-famous indigenous market of Otavalo and then live an unique experience sharing an organic lunch prepared side by side with local people in the very heart of the Andes."Unique Experiences:"Organic cooking lesson with traditional fresh ingredients, side by side with local people in the heart of the AndesTake a scenic drive in the valley of Intag and taste the organic fair-trade coffee produced in the area
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Mindo Cloud Forest - Private tour from Quito - Nature, Waterfalls and Chocolate

Journey into the Cloud Forest! This is a private ALL inclusive Nature day tour. No paying for entrance fees to the activities mentioned on the itinerary below. Travel pack (bottled water and snacks), lunch and a cup of coffee are included as well. Itinerary:Your private tour begins at (7:00 am) with a hotel pick-up. Continue on a 2 hr drive from Quito to the lovely town of Mindo. Upon arrival, you will head to a butterfly and hummingbird sanctuary to enjoy nature at its finest. Then, trek through the cloud forest, ride a cable car and visit breathtaking waterfalls where you can take a dip. Lunch follows at a suggested local restaurant (vegetarian options available) and then go for an amazing cup of coffee at our favorite coffee house. In the afternoon you will tour a chocolate factory to see how chocolate is made from scratch - a fascinating activity. Then, head back to your hotel in Quito.
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
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