You will be picked up from your hotel (or closest pick-up point) and taken in a private air-conditioned vehicle to the town of Mindo, about 67kms northwest of Quito. The drive takes about two hours. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.
On the way to Mindo, a short stop is made at the rim of the crater of the extinct Pululahua volcano (if time permits) for a panoramic view of this volcano that today is known as a Geobotanical Reserve.
Continue the descent into the Valley of Mindo. Your specialized guide will introduce you to the mysteries of the Cloud Forest, pointing out the unique flora and fauna.
Enroute, stop at Sachatamia (if time permits), a private ecological reserve near the protected forest of Mindo–Nambillo to see some of the hundreds of bird species that can be found in the area.
Continue to Mindo and visit the El Pahuma Orquid Reserve. Visit its Orchid Botanical Garden with flowering orchids mounted on the trees and placed in the vegetation along the trail, consistent with each species' habitat. Over 170 species of orchids have been identified within the reserve, which lies in a region with some of the highest rates of plant endemism in the world. Orchids, bromeliads, heliconias, ferns, vines, mosses and lichens grow in abundance here.
Visit a Mariposas de Mindo (Butterfly Vivarium), housing 25 varieties of butterflies. Flight areas simulate the outside forest with water streams, mineral deposits, and a wide range of wild flowers. Hundreds of caterpillars feed on their host plants in their natural environment to assure the best development of pupae and butterflies.
Have lunch at the restaurant Mariposas de Mindo.
After lunch return to the city of Quito. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel/closest drop-off point in Quito.