• Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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 Quito's 'Middle of the World' monument on the equator before proceeding to Mindo, where you can choose from among a range of optional activities (at your own expense) including a waterfall hike, a visit to a chocolate factory, an orchid garden tour, a bird-watching trip with a local expert and much more.


  • Explore the cloud forests of Mindo during this day trip from Quito
  • Stop by the 'Middle of the World' complex which marks the earth's geographic equator
  • Discover the amazing biodiversity, including a startling wealth of bird life, at the unique ecological reserve in Mindo
  • Pick from among a range of activities including a waterfall hike, visit to an orchid garden, trip to a chocolate factory and more

What You Can Expect

Mindo Cloud Forest Day Trip from Quito

Enjoy one of the many optional activities

Customer Reviews

Juergen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Wir hatten einen wundervollen Tag in Mindo. Natürlich lag es auch an den Mitreisenden sowie dem tollen Führer. Hat alles wunderbar geklappt, auch die Abholung im Hotel war pünktlich. Individuelle Wünsche wurden berücksichtigt. Wir können den Trip nur empfehlen.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Daniel was a phenomenal tour guide! We had a great time on this day trip to Mindo Cloud Forest. We were given tons of options for activities-- the hummingbird garden, chocolate tour, and zipline were my favorite parts. Mindo is beautiful and I would highly recommend this tour!

Alice M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I had a great time on this tour, I was in a group of five with a tour guide who spoke good English. We had various choices of activities in Mindo, so I went on a tour of an artisanal chocolate factory with one other member of the group while the others went ziplining, then we all met up to go for a hike down to a waterfall and back up- I had to go a bit slowly as I'm pretty unfit, but it was well within my capabilities. The chocolate factory tour was great, really interesting and of course great to taste all the chocolate afterwards! The trip from Quito to Mindo and back was great, with stunning scenery and a very knowledgeable tour guide. We stopped at the Mitad del Mundo, but sadly as it was January 1st it wasn't open. We also stopped at a Hummingbird Garden en route to Mindo, which was fantastic, really overwhelming. I was very pleased to find a tour running on the 1st Jan, as I was only in Quito a couple of days. I would definitely recommend this as a day trip- the great thing is that there are various options for activities, so if you're a bit more or a bit less adventurous, there'll be something for you. It was clearly stated in the information page, and the guide also highlighted this, but worth budgeting for two or three activities, some of which cost a bit more than others, which you pay for when you're there. I managed to spend about 30 on presents in the chocolate factory shop too! Well worth it though, that's my presents sorted! Great day out, would recommend.

Robin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our guide /driver was excellent. Very flexible and accomodating

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an amazing way to spend the day in Quito! Francisco was our tour guide and he was amazing! He as very knowledgable and took us to see humming birds then we hiked through the rain forest to an amazing waterfall. We had our family of 8 and everyone had a fantastic time! Highly recommended

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great trip and a very good tour guide. I would highly recommend this day trip.

Catharine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The trip to the museum at the Equator was very fun! There are a lot of options for things to do in the cloud forest. It was raining a bit, but we enjoyed the hike to the waterfall and the tour of the chocolate factory. We were traveling on New Years Eve, and on our way back into Quito our guide took us to the busiest road in Quito to participate in some of the New Years Eve traditions. He went out of his way to show us this experience. I would recommend this day trip for anyone wanting to see the Equator museum and the different landscape in the cloud forest.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Diego our tour guide was excellent!
Full of knowledge, eager to answer any questions, helpful and patient!
The drive to the cloud forest is long from Quito.
When we arrived we first stopped at the Butterfly Farm- Wow! So many beautiful butterflies!
Then off to the Cloud Forest hike. They said that there were falls at the end of of 75 minute hike.
We found out that you would have to climb down on ropes to see the falls. We opted not to do it as it had been raining and the trails were a bit slippery already.
Unfortunately, the culmination of the hike ends up in an area that has been visited by many. Trash was on the ground, and the facilities had bricks, pipes and other construction junk laying about.
Ecuador should be ashamed and clean it up!
Visit to the chocolate factory and tour Handmade Chocolate start to finish was amazing and delicious.
Then to the Orchid Garden which was very close to the Chocolate Factory.
Hugo , the owner guided us around the full Garden, pointing out so many different and beautiful Orchids for us to see. He held a magnifying glass for us to see all of the tiny details and to take pictures.
Hummingbirds of different types swarmed the area feeding on the feeders located within the garden.
We returned to Quito late in the afternoon after a very nice day.
Diego was absolutely incredible throughout the day, was a very safe driver, and took very good care of us. He is an expert guide, and pointed out animals everywhere throughout the day.
Thank you to Diego, for a memorable day in Ecuador!

Amy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was fantastic.

Chris M

4 star rating: Recommended November 2017

Freddie was our guide and he was super and very knowledgeable. It was great because we could cater the trip to whatever we wanted to do that day. He steered us into activities that we enjoyed. I would definitely take a trip with Freddie again.

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