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Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 8 am for a very scenic 2 hour drive towards the subtropical Andean western slopes. Mindo is surrounded by forested mountains and offers a wide variety of activities for all interests and tastes. You'll will start the day with a hike in the  Mindo Nambillo Reserve.  This is a transitional sub-tropical rainforest also know as cloud forest that  ranges from 950 to 2800 meters above sea level, where two of the most biologically diverse ecoregions in the world meet: the Chocó lowlands and the Western Tropical Andes. The reserve covers about 22 000 hectares, and is home to an outstanding number of orchid, bird, mammal, insect and reptile species. Three rivers (Mindo, Saloya and Cinto) and hundreds of streams irrigate the landscape. The Nambillo Waterfall Sanctuary is one of the main attractions and  invite you to test the refreshing waters of the river. On the way back, it is possible to ride a cable car above the canopy where you'll have an amazing perspective of the beauty of this unique ecosystem. If you are afraid of heights, it's possible to walk back instead.

Time permitting, once you are done exploring the forest interior, you can opt for one or more of the several additional activities available in the area. Talk to your guide about your interests and expectations and he will make sure to run the tour accordingly. You can admire an interactive butterfly farm where you'll witness at close range all the life stages of these wonderful beings; or you can visit a local chocolate factory  that processes organically grown cacao, and allows you to participate in the chocolate making process- from plant to bar.  If you are in a more adventurous mood, you can choose to go the a Canopy Zip-line  Park instead, and enjoy the thrill of exploring the forest from a different perspective or venture down the river in a tubing adventure.

After a delicious lunch you'll start your way back to Quito. A final stop before reaching the city will reveal another hidden treasure of the cloud forest:  Alambi Reserve. This is one of the best places in Ecuador to watch hummingbirds at close range. Up to 18 species have been recorded in less than 30 minutes!! You'll be amazed with the beauty of this winged jewels. Drop-of at your hotel around 5 pm
*In the afternoon you can add a visit to a LEK of one of the most iconic bird species in the cloud forest; The Andean Cock of the Rock. This species exhibits marked sexual dimorphism, the male has a large disk-like crest and a very unique vivid scarlet plumage. Gatherings of males compete for breeding females with each male displaying its colorful plumage, bobbing and hopping, and making strident calls. This visit would take place after your lunch in Mindo. The visit to Alambi reserve in this case will be in the morning, on your way to Mindo. If you take this trip extension you'll be dropped off  in your hotel around 7:00 pm.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Pickup from any accommodation in Quito and the airport area.
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Return Details
Return to any accommodation in Quito and the airport area.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Lunch with soft drink
  • Coffee at Alambi
  • Private transportation
  • Certified, bilingual Naturalist & Birding guide
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Entrance fees to additional activities (i.e. Canopy Zip Line Park, Butterfly farm, Chocolate tour)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A small amount of walking is involved along trails with irregular terrain although if participants require longer hiking trails are available.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Copy of passport of one of the group members is required for billing purposes (local tax exemption)
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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A shout out to Neotropical... both the sales rep at the office in Quito’s historic district and our guide were spectacular! We decided on a day trip to the cloud forest with a stop at Cock of the Rock. Our guide, Santiago, was incredible from the moment he introduced himself. He
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Response from Neotropical, Naturalist Guide at MINDO CLOUD FOREST FLEXIBLE PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Responded 28 May 2019
Dear Nicole and Gigi, it was a pleasure to meet such wonderful human beings, I'm glad I was available to guide you in one of the most amazing destinations that Neotropical has to offer close to Quito. I hope you have the opportunity to return to our country, I'll be more than happy to show you other destinations and the generous nature that our beloved country has to offer. Our commitment is to continue to support the development of ecotourism as a great alternative to promote conservation . Thank you for letting us be part of your experience in Ecuador and for your valuable medical volunteer work in public hospitals in Cuenca.
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Thank you Santiago for introducing us to your beautiful country through the Mindo Cloud Forest tour. We were amazed by the variety and beauty of the birds we encountered throughout the day and delighted to be in the midst of the hummingbird feeding frenzies. Your extensive
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Response from Yalecueche, Sales Representative at MINDO CLOUD FOREST FLEXIBLE PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Responded 13 May 2019
Dear Jeannie, Thank you so much for this nice review! When you are in Mindo, surrounded by nature and buzzing hummingbirds, you get the feeling you are in a different world. So it's a privilege to share this magical forest with our guests. Visit us again and we'll show you more of our beautiful country!
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This was an unbelievable day. Our guide was so knowledgeable, helpful and pleasant. A month later I am still not quite able to absorb the incredible amount we say this day. Scenery, birds, flowers, hummingbirds, little villages and the most incredible lunch. It was totally
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The trip to Mindo was wonderful. It was a spectacular ending to our Ecuadorian adventure. David, our guide, was kind and knowledgeable. All in all, the day was perfect.
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Response from Yalecueche, Sales Representative at MINDO CLOUD FOREST FLEXIBLE PRIVATE DAY TOUR
Responded 16 Apr 2019
Dear Nancy, Thanks so much for your review. We're delighted you found this trip a spectacular ending to your adventure in our charming country. We hope to have you again in Ecuador someday soon!
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We experienced a top-notch guide in Santiago, who picked us up at our Quito hotel at 5:15 a.m., drove into the Cloud Forest area northwest of the city, and ably led us through visits to three private reserves - first to Alambi, then Bellavista (where we had delicious breakfast
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