Mindo is a small town in the Andean foothills of Ecuador. Set in beautiful cloud-forest, it attracts birdwatchers first and foremost, but also has attractions for other tourists. Mindo is located to the north west of Quito. This town was founded in 1861 and the current population is around 3000 inhabitants. Mindo is surrounded by the Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest; the forest is home to hundreds of species of birds many of them are in danger of extinction.
Prepare to hike waterfalls, Zip-line and optional visit to Chocolate or Butterfly farm.
Departure at 7am from Carpedm’s office we will have breakfast and then set off towards Mindo. The drive takes about two and a half hours. On the way we can stop outside the equator line monument site for anyone who wants to take a quick picture and then carry along the beautiful Mountain roads where you will notice the change in scenery as you go down in altitude.
Our first stop is the Zip lines or Canopy as they call it here as you are literally above the canopy. There are 10 lines in total and if you are feeling brave you could even try the superman or Butterfly.
After about an hour of adrenalin fueled fun you will head towards the Tarabita which is a cable car that takes you to the start of your waterfall walk. As you walk through the cloud forest you could see a variety of different birds and butterflies. if you bring a swim suit you could take a swim in the crystal clear water.
Once you have dried off a little we will head for lunch. After lunch optional activities are either:
1. Visit to chocolate factory (not included in price). OR
2. Visit to butterfly Farm / Hummingbirds (not included in price)
After a fun filled day you will head back to Quito arriving to our office at around 7pm.
What’s not included:
- Breakfast and Extra Snacks/Beverages
- $20 entry to ziplining
- $5 entry to waterfall walk
- $6 Entry to Chocolate factory Tour or
- $6 Butterfly Farm
- Umpa Lumpas
What to bring:
- Waterproof jacket/rain jacket
- binoculars * nice to have
- We operate with MINIMUM 3 People – $50 per person