Mindo Cloud Forest

Departure: Every day (private tour)

Mindo, a small town located in a valley 2 hours northwest of Quito, will offer you a lot of nature and adventure! This day tour will give you the opportunity to explore both. The village is located in the Chocó region, an extended area, reaching from Panamá to Peru, famous for its great biodiversity and endemicity within, probably due to the Andes isolating flora and fauna. It is also the perfect place for birdwatching. Mindo’s cloud forest will amaze you.


From Quito you head North-West towards Mindo, where you will arrive after about 2 hours. Upon arrival you will first visit a hummingbird garden. From a big porch you will be able to observe these small birds that come and go. Did you know that these are the only birds in world known to be able to fly backwards? After this visit the tour continues with a visit to an interactive butterfly garden, where you can observe the 4 stages of the butterfly life of more than 25 different butterfly species. While plenty of colorful butterflies will be flying all around you, you can feed them with overripe fruits and take photos. Then it is time for lunch in town. After lunch the tour continuous with a hike in the waterfall area, that can only be reached by taking a cable car with spectacular views over the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve. As a final activity it will then be time for some canopy! A circuit of in total of 11 zip-lines of different length, varying from 75 till 400 meters (85 till 437 yd), will bring the day to an adventurous end. In the late afternoon you will return to Quito.

It is possible to change 1 or 2 activities in this program for a visit to the Intiñan Equator Museum and/or a cocoa tour in which you can see how chocolate is being made from bean to bar. It is best to ask for the possibilities to change the itinerary while booking the tour, but you can also discuss the options with your guide during the tour.

The climate in Mindo is humid. In the morning it can be warm and sunny, afternoons can be marked with rain and followed with a temperature drop. It is recommended to wear long trousers and socks and use mosquito repellent.

Included and excluded

  • Lunch
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee hummingbird garden
  • Entrance fee butterfly garden
  • Cable car fee Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve
  • Canopy activity
  • Entrance fee Intiñan Equator Museum – only in case of changes in itinerary
  • Cocoa tour – only in case of changes in itinerary
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transport

Not included:

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
What to bring?
For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat or lighweight scarf
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt and long trousers
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Water and snacks

Prices 2020

Private tour

Passengers Price per person Total price
1 $215 $215
2 $135 $270
3 $110 $330
4 $110 $440
5 $100 $500
6 $95 $570

Contact us for special group prices (more than 6 passengers).


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