Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour

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Tour Number

Activity Level

300748


Categories

Nature and Wildlife, Hiking and Walking, Day Trip / Out of Town, Adventure / Active

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. 10 years of age and older

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 3

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (advanced), Spanish (fluent)

Escape Big City Quito to a Very Different World


One of my and travelers' favorites! Quito has dozens of interesting and beautiful sites, but it is still a big city like all big cities, full of concrete, cars, noise and people in a hurry. After seeing Old Quito and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, if you have another day, why not go down, down, down and out to rural, cloud forest, gorgeous Mindo and see nature at its best? You'll never see more lush forest, more exotic birds, hundreds of hummingbirds and butterflies than in Mindo. We can stop en route for a mountainside, local, organic coffee or breakfast with dozens of hummingbirds swirling close around us. Use my Nikon binoculars to see these things, both close and distant, up even closer. If enough time we can walk to a beautiful waterfall or take a zip line ride or a steel basket ride over the jungle or stop at the Middle of the World or visit Pululau volcano rim, one of only two active volcanos in the world with people living and farming in the crater.

This tour can be for up to 10 people - see below

Itinerary

Depart hotel 7am
Travel out and down from Quito in northwest direction toward Mindo (2 hour trip)
Stop, if open, for a coffee, snack or breakfast at an amazing, mountainside, hummingbird site where they will buzz around you and even, sometimes, land on you, literally dozens and dozens of active hummingbirds. You will remember this stop for the rest of your life when you sit at your breakfast table at home.
Take a zip line ride over the cloud forest?
Less adventurous? Take a steel basket ride over the cloud forest.
Arrive in Mindo and walk the tiny town, visit a truly amazing butterfly exhibition, a little chocolate factory that takes you from pod to finished products, an orchid exhibition, a jungle waterfall and a cloud forest hike if you desire. We can't do all of these things, but we'll come close and do what you want.
Lunch
Return to Quito with stop at Pululau Volcano and/or Middle of the World site IF TIME ALLOWS and client desires.
Arrive at Quito hotel approximately 6pm

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Hotel lobby

End location: Hotel lobby

Duration: 11 hours

Weather, traffic may effect time trip takes although weather and traffic going and coming are usually good.

Transportation

Up to 3 people by nice, SUV with Vivian driving
MORE THAN 3 PEOPLE AND UP TO 10: please ask for a quote for safe, comfortable, spacious commercially licensed driver and larger SUV, touring van or small bus depending on number of people. Ask me to prepare a Tours by Locals Custom Tour with a quoted price for you.

What’s Included

Other: Nice, SUV transportation for up to 3 people with Vivian driving
Larger SUV or touring van or small bus with professional driver required by law for 4 or more; please ask for a quote.
Guiding personally by Vivian

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 USD - $3 and up coffee and/or breakfast if desired
$7 and up lunch cost per person depending on client's desires
Add $22 per person for Zip Line through and over cloud forest if desired and a little more for a couple entrance fees

What’s Extra

Other: Incidentals such as snacks and bottled water
Nominal entrance fees ($26 +/- total per person) for client desired exibitions
Lunch: $7 and up depending on the client's preference

Restrictions

Museums in Quito are closed on Mondays. If this is your only available day please send me your inquiry, and I will create a customized itinerary.

A Recent Review of this tour

We had a fantastic tour by Vivian. There were 5 of us so we had a van and driver as well. Van was excellent with a very professional driver. Vivian was great. Professional, yet easy going and friendly. Very knowledgeable of the area. She took us to some great places and we had some great food as well. She was able to customize the tour as we went, staying longer in some places or shorter in others. I would strongly recommend her and the Mindo Cloud Forrest tour.
Kenneth Casper

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