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“nice walks and relaxing swim”

Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve
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Ranked #4 of 29 things to do in Mindo
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

don't expect the view of the greatest waterfalls ever. stil, the trails are nice and the cablecar makes it an adventure itself! Walked to all the waterfalls. The walk to "la reina" takes longer, but is better pathed, along a wilder environment and is by far the most impressive of the waterfalls - if you don't consider visiting all of the waterfalls better just visit this one.
Don't miss to take a shower under "la reina"!
... and don't miss the early morning walk (1h) up to the cablecar - lots of birds to hear and discover. Back to the mindo it's 45 min. Please consider walking instead of using the dustblowing jeeps...

4  Thank FBNK
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Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

What a great morning trip! We left early in the morning from the town at 9am (takes about 20 minutes in a car to get there) and I'm glad we left early, the later you leave it clouds get lower blocking the view and also the humidity and heat increases as the day wears on.

On arrival you are greeted by an old and rackety open cable car. It takes only a few minutes to fly (at quite a speed) over the canopy of the rainforest, clouds and waterfalls to reach your destination. On arrival we went left and then you reach a t intersection. We did both ways, if you turn right you walk about 15 minutes to huge waterfall where you can go swimming. Then you walk another 15 minutes back to the t intersection and turn left and there is a series of 5-7 waterfalls. You need to walk several sets of stairs to get to a few of them although it is worth it.

The walks and waterfalls themselves are breathtaking in the lush dense rainforest. You can see and hear plenary of tropical birds, insects and mammals. It's a great trip. We spent just over three hours and took our time exploring, taking photos and relaxing. We didn't go swimming so if you are going to maybe allow a little more time. On returning to the cable car, we didn't turn right to go to the final big waterfall -
Apparently that's another two hour journey return. When you want to return you hit the wire really hard with your shoe and the guy brings the cable car back to pick you up.

It's $5 each for entry plus $6 each way in a taxi. On arrival you need to tell the taxi driver what time to come back to collect you. Depending on whether you want to go swim or take a picnic the times will differ.

Make sure you bring towels, loads of water, snacks, mosquito spray (we got eaten alive!), towels, togs and comfortable walking shoes. There is lots of stairs so bring a walking or hiking stick if you think you need it.

Enjoy! It's well worth the trip.

5  Thank Kirsty B
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Visited this place two times, loved it! You get off to a great start with a zip line type ride across the valley, in a small metal box. Once there you get a primitive map but it's fine. You have the choice walk left or right, we walked right the first time, it takes 50 minutes to the end waterfall, expect to get your feet wet on the last one. Its worth the view from the top of the steps. The most scenic and best falls turn left at the very bottom by the bridge look left you will see a ladder, I used the ropes to climb to the top pools! I don't reccomend this unless your mad like me. Cost each is 5us across the cable.

3  Thank anthony p
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Richard H, Public Relations Manager at Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2014

Thank you very much for your second time in visiting this little paradise. You are always welcome.

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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Go early in the day to avoid a little of the daily rain. This is definitely a cloud forest! From the minute you board the rustic cable car to cross a deep valley into the jungle you know you're in a different world. The trails are muddy, full of roots and mossy rocks but your reward is a view of beautiful waterfalls. Begonias and orchids grow wild among ferns and bromeliads along the trail. Take a camera! My husband walks with a cane but managed the trek just fine. We didn't want to hold up a group so we hired a private driver and guide from Quito (nannynancy77@hotmail.com). She was worth every penny! Charming and knowledgeable.

3  Thank 2fromsa
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Loved walking in the cloud forest. One minute it's all nice and sunny you can see far, next minute there is a beautiful fog like white clouds around you. It was fun going across in a open cable car over the canopy. Walk down to the Nambillo waterfalls was fun too!

1  Thank Genoa21
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