Discover Mindo Cloud Forest in this full-day tour from Quito
This is a tour design for everyone: nature lovers, chocolate lovers, families, individuals that want to know about the cloud forests and watch some wildlife, etc.
We will visit the ecological region called "Chocó". This is one of the mos bio-diverse cloud forest in the world, a hot spot in flora and fauna. It is home for hummingbirds and Butterflies in an evergreen-forest and one of the best dark chocolates.
There is the option to modify the program and do more hiking and/or birding in a Natural Reserve. Perfect for Nature Lovers!!!
We depart from Quito in the morning. Pick up at your hotel. We drive northwest and along the way we will admire the impressive change of vegetation and weather until we reach the Cloud Forest. Called cloud forest because it is covered by a temporary or seasonal mist at the canopy of the forest. This ecosystem also known as "Chocó" holds a great diversity of species of flora and fauna many of which are endemic. We can first visit a hummingbird reserve where we will have the chance to see an amazing number of species, together with other colorful birds. We will continue to Mindo town and the butterfly farm, which contains some of the most attractive butterflies of the region: Morphos and Owl Butterflies are a couple of them. We will have lunch at a restaurant and will continue to our next destination.
For nature lovers we go to a private reserve to walk and watch more flora and fauna, but for those Chocolate lovers we will visit one of the best artisanal chocolate factories before heading back to Quito.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet at your hotel or residence you are staying
End location: Drop off at hotel or residence
Duration: 9 hours
The tour time can variate according to the activities duration
Medium SUV, air-conditioned, with capacity for 3 people (maximum 4 a bit tight).
Private Transportation from and to hotel, guiding.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 usd - Entrance fees to hummingbird reserve, Butterfly farm and Private Reserve or chocolate Factory and Lunch. (Estimated cost)
It is recommended to bring binoculars.
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We are so glad we booked with Tours by Locals!! David G was a fantastic tour guide and would rate him 5 out of 5! We booked him for an overnight trip to Mindo. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, kind, patient and always had a positive attitude. He speaks English very well and provided great information about the country, area and birds/wildlife. He provided perfect recommendations about accommodations, restaurants and activities. We highly recommend him as a guide! Thanks David!