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Discover the amazingly diverse wildlife and scenic beauty of the cloud forests of Mindo during this 9-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

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.

David J USA

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2016

If you want to see countryside and a nature park, then this trip is okay. Unfortunately, it was a rainy day but we all made best of it. Driver was at hotel on schedule. We did pickup our guide enroute to the rain forest. There we got more information about tour. Wish we could have stopped at the other Equatorial facility. Major attraction was a hike to see partial view of waterfall. Tour personnel were informative about flora and fauna we encountered. Was taken to restaurant and chocolate factory. Meal was not included in tour, but food was good. Lot of pressure to pay and see the chocolate being made and purchase a product. Butterfly farm and hummingbirds were tranquil, but no different than any others.

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