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MINDO CLOUD FOREST FLEXIBLE PRIVATE DAY TOUR

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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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Reviewed 28 May 2019 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Neotropical, Naturalist Guide at Neotropical Nature & Birding Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 29 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...More

Reviewed 14 May 2019 via mobile

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...More

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Yalecueche, Sales Representative at Neotropical Nature & Birding Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 15 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...More

Reviewed 14 April 2019

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...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 6 April 2019

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.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Yalecueche, Sales Representative at Neotropical Nature & Birding Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 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!

Reviewed 1 March 2019

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...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Hello! Thanks for writing us. Yes, there is a discount for kids -12. If you want more details about this trip, check our website Neotropical Ecuador and send us an email.
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