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“Great two days in Mindo”

Mindo Cloud Forest Day Tours
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US$125.00*
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Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour Including a...
Ranked #4 of 14 Outdoor Activities in Mindo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Discover the Nature wonders just 2 hours drive from Quito, you can visit here on a day trip or stay overnight at one of the several confortable lodges. Richard Hernandez takes you to different attractions like orchid reserves, butterfly garden,cable car, hikes to hidden waterfalls, birdwatching spots.Highly recommended for Nature Lovers. MINDO CLOUD FOREST
Reviewed 18 February 2015

We took an overnight tour of the Mindo area with Richard. It was a terrific trip with hiking and photography opportunities, and learning about this part of Ecuador. On the first day, we went on a short hike in an Orchid Preserve,visited two different private places to see hummingbirds and butterflies, learned about how chocolate is made in a small factory, did a cable car ride in pouring rain and, at night, took a short trip in the forest to discover and see tiny frogs. On the second day, we left very early to see Cock-of-the-Rocks flying around just as sun came up on dense forest, and then went on a couple of short hikes. Richard is very knowledgable and friendly. Further, he has taken as his mission to help other locals benefit from tourism, instead of that money going to third parties (large tour companies). I like that and I am glad we did our little bit to encourage it. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 31 January 2015

Richard was our host and guide for a 2 day trip to Mindo. Richard is very knowledgeable about Ecuador, Mindo area, cloud forests and the birds of the area. We had a full 2 days which included learning about the birds, plant life, cloud forests, hiking, cable car, chocolate factory tour, Mitad del Mindo. The restaurants and hostel were all locally owned, good choices for this trip. We would definitely recommend Richard's tours.

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HernandezRichard, Owner at Mindo Cloud Forest Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2015

There is nothing better than hearing that you enjoy the Cloud Forest of Mindo. Thank you very much for your visit.

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Reviewed 17 January 2015

My college-age daughter and I had the experience of a lifetime visiting the Mindo cloud forest with Ricardo as our guide. Not only does he know all the flora and fauna, but he can give you their Latin names! He was a truly great guide (he grew up in Mindo), dealt exclusively with Ecuadoran people and businesses, and spent time helping my daughter practice her Spanish to boot. We hiked through the cloud forest, visited a butterfly sanctuary, and spent time viewing humming birds outside a private home. We also went tubing on the Mindo River. We saw waterfalls, orchids and bromeliads growing on trees, and turquoise butterflies as big as your hand. Ricardo was flexible, reliable, and extremely knowledgeable. He is also committed to preserving Ecuador's incredible biodiversity. I can't recommend him highly enough.

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HernandezRichard, Owner at Mindo Cloud Forest Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2015

For me it was a pleasure to have you here in this incredible ecosystem. Thank you very much for joining me to visit the Cloud Forest wonders.

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Reviewed 3 January 2015

Our family went from Quito to the Mindo Cloud forest on Jan. 2, 2015 which is a holiday in Ecuador. The line for the gondola was 2 hours to go up. Consequently, we walked a path through the rain forest that leads to where the gondola ends, It takes 45 to 60 minutes to walk if you keep moving. We were on a tight schedule. One could take 2 hours to enjoy the beautiful scenery and bird watch. We waited in line for 90 minutes to take the gondola back. The young man who loaded passengers onto the gondola car allowed many people to cut in the line. The visitor behind me finally confronted the employee on this and he just smiled and continued to allow his "friends" to cut the line. This led to a confrontation from more frustrated people waiting for the car but the employee continued to just smile. At least the outburst from visitors stop others from attempting to walk to the front of the line. The gondola is a 2 minute ride. So on this day, one would wait a total of 3.5 hours (wait 2 hours to go up, and 1.5 hours on the way down) for this experience. I am hoping that whoever runs the Mindo Cloud Forest reads this. The employee was working there at 3 pm on Jan. 2, 2015. He was extremely disrespectful. Well worth the visit if not a holiday in Ecuador.

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Reviewed 22 November 2014

If you are in Quito go to Mindo. It is a cloud forest which is different than a rain forest.

There are trails you can hike into the wild orchid forests which are just spectacular.

Then go to the butterfly sanctuary where you will see and learn about butterflies you have never heard of before.

Coffee at the bird sanctuary with the many varieties of hummingbirds and parrots is fun.

Oh and don't miss the chocolate factory tour and lunch. Grilled chicken with chocolate sauce is amazing.

Yum, I think I want to go back.

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