Mindo Cloud Forest Day Tour
Mindo is a village in the Andes Mountains of northern Ecuador 2 hours and a half from Quito. It’s known for the many bird species, butterflies and orchids found in the surrounding cloud forest, part of the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve. A tarabita (cable car) runs over the Nambillo River to a mountaintop, where trails lead to several waterfalls, including Cascada Nambillo. Zip lines run through the forest canopy.
We start early in Quito taking to the north-west on the way to Sanmiguel de Los Bancos to get to Mindo in about 3 hours. In Mindo there are many activities to do starting with the Butterfly farm where you can see hundreds of hummingbirds flying around and a beautiful garden with tons of flowers and orchids, then we can continue to the waterfalls sanctuary to trek through the cloud-forest and visit beautiful waterfalls and pools that the Mindo river forms on his way, then we drive to the espectacular set of cables over the cloud forest where you can zip-line, finally after lunch we are visiting the delicious Mindo chocolate factory where the process of making chocolate is explained from a bean to a chocolate bar.