The Mindo Valley is located at the meeting point of two of the most biologically diverse regions: the Choco Lowlands and the Tropical Andes. Visit various spots in the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve. Observe birds and choose between a zip line adventure or a walk to a waterfall. Taste delicious local specialties and visit a bird or butterfly reserve before returning to Quito.




The guide will pick you up at your hotel in Quito around 8:00 – 8:10 am.


$78 US Per Person, Minimum 2, discount for Families and groups.


Bilingual professional guide
Lunch Menu
Private Transport from/to Quito
Chocolate Tour, buterfly farm, entrace to whaterfalls sanctuary


On site aditional activities
Canopy ride (Optional)
Survenirs, Additional food and drinks.

Importance of Mindo as a Bird Paradise.

Mindo in the northwest of Pichincha in the Chocó region is the leading site in South America of global importance. Birds such as The cock of the rock, multicolored tanagers, tealights, seedlings, Andean toucans, blackbirds, nuns, golden-headed quetzals, collared pigeons, hawks, and other species have encouraged the locals to live off ecotourism.

You can easily observe more than 150 species in a single day, including enigmatic nocturnal birds such as the Nuboselvático Mochuelo and the fantastic Chotacabras Colilira.


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Drive to Mindo

  • Early in the morning leave Quito by car driving northwest of Pichincha province. Ride through the road to the Coast (Mitad del Mundo – Calacalí – Los Bancos) and enjoy the view of small towns in the highway witnessing an astounding landscape transformation on the way. After approximately one 1 and 1/2 hour, arrive at the lovely Mindo.
  • Once you arrive in Mindo Cloud Forest take a small walk I the town and then head towards the Butterfly farm and Hummingbird Feeders
  • Afterward, you may choose your desired adventure: Option 1: For adventure seekers, go for the Canopying, 13 zip lines of different lengths that range from 20 to 400 meters, an adrenaline-filled ride which enables an amazing view of the cloud forest. (Cost of the Canopy activity not included in the price of the tour)Option 2: Go for a trekking adventure across the cloud forest towards a waterfall and a ride Mindo’s famous “Tarabita”(Cable tram)
  • Take your time to observe Mindo’s natural beauties and diversity. Take a break for a local-style lunch. Explore Mindo once a more and visit another special spot to view hummingbirds, butterflies and, with some luck Tanagers and Toucans.Head back to Quito around 5 pm


Drive back to Quito


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Mindo Trogon
Mindo River
Mindo Hummingbird
Mindo Trogon
Mindo Waterfall
Mindo Frog
Mindo Waterfall Jump
Yellow-tailed Oriole
White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga Mellivora)
Thick-billed Euphonia
Rufous Motmot
Gorgeted Woodstar
Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)
Green-crowned Brilliant
Lemos-rumped Tanager
Plate-Billed Mountain Toucan
Rofous Antpitta
Golden-naper Tanager
Chestnut Mandibled Toucan
Booted Raquettail
Blue gray Tanager
Black cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes Pucherani)
Bananaquit (Coereba Flaeveola)
Andean emerald

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