Mindo Cloud Forest Day Tour

Mindo is a rural parish just 2 hours from Quito (80 km – 48 miles), located in Los Bancos canton in the province of Pichincha. Mindo is known for its famous growth in ecotourism based in the Mindo – Nambillo Protected Forest. The beautiful landscapes and the exuberant flora and fauna of this cloud forest attract all types of travelers and adventurers. Mindo is located between a high altitude zone and the rainforest which gives excellent biodiversity characteristics. You can find more than 500 spp. of birds, orchids, bromeliads, and more than 40 spp. of butterflies. The temperature fluctuates around 15ºC – 24ºC (60ºF – 75ºF).

We start early in Quito taking the Middle of the World – Calacalí – Los Bancos – Esmeraldas highway. When we get to Mindo we visit the butterfly farm. This farm has some of the most beautiful butterflies that can be seen in Ecuador. Here, you can also see orchids, birds, but most importantly the hummingbird. After this stop, we go on an ecological walk with some great waterfalls, where you can also take a dip in the pools or rivers. Then it is off to a spectacular set of zip lines! This is not for the faint-hearted. Finally, after lunch, you will get the chance to visit the famous Mindo chocolate factory. This tour offers you an insight into the products and produce. It is also a nice way to try some delicious chocolate.

* The tour is operated by a partner operator that reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.

Shared Tour: Friday

Note: All times approximate, EXCEPT starting time

Schedule Itinerary



Leave from Plaza San Blas (Caldas E1-83 and Pichincha)


Leave from Plaza Foch(Juan Leon Mera and Reina Victoria)

  Optional activities (not included in the price):Butterfly farm ($ 5)

Canopy Zipline ($ 20)

Nambillo waterfall ($ 3)

The Mindo Quetzal chocolate factory ($ 10)

14:30 Lunch
  Continuing optional activities
6:30 Arrive in Quito

* We also have a pick-up point in the old town, please provide us with your details about accommodation and we can arrange a meeting point in either La Mariscal or the Old Town.

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Private tour: professional and bilingual guide, private transportation from Hotel / Mindo / Hotel

Shared tour: Professional bilingual guide, lunch, transport to/from Mindo to/from Mindo

Entrance fee for Butterfly Farm ($ 5), Zipline Canopy ($ 20), Nambillo waterfall ($ 3), Mindo Quetzal chocolate factory ($ 10), tips for guide

Note: Private Tour does not include lunch

Necessary Equipment:

– comfortable clothing – swimsuit – sunglasses
– water and snacks – comfortable shoes – camera
– waterproof jacket – extra dry clothes – sunscreen

Shared Tour: 50p.p Friday

Private Tour: 1 pax $ 230 – 2 pax $ 115 – 3pax $ 85pp (any day)

Full-Day Transportation: $ 200 – for a group 4 pax – 6 max pax (Spanish speaking driver)

* It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

We put a lot of effort into organizing the tour; Therefore cancellations require 48hrs notice by which we would give you a 50% refund. Cancellations will not be refunded with a shorter time notice. This tour is operated by a third-party company.

* Mindo Cloud Forest shared tour departure is on Fridays

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