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Wildlife Tours in Ecuador: Birdwatching in the Mindo Cloudforest

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Key facts

Where: Quito , Ecuador Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Highlights

  • See thousands of butterflies and explore an Orchid Reserve
  • See more than 350 species of birds in the cloudforest of Mindo, Ecuador′s birdwatching paradise

Overview

The small, tranquil village of Mindo is world-renowned as one of the most bird-diverse corners of the planet. Set in a quiet, lovely valley dotted with rare and beautiful flowers and surrounded by the cloudforest reserve of Mindo-Nambillo, Mindo is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Located about 80 kilometres northwest of Quito, the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve is spread across 15,000 acres of rainforest of incredible beauty and tranquillity.

See more than 325 species of birds including the golden-headed quetzal, crimson-rumped toucanets, violet-tailed sylph, broad-billed motmot, and the famous Andean Cock-of the Rock. This amazingly bio diverse region is home to 2000 species of plants, including at least 90 species of ferns and vivid flowering varieties. The Mariposas de Mindo, a butterfly farm, has more than 25 butterfly vividly coloured species, gracefully flitting around.

For nature lovers, the environs of Mindo will simply enchant.

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito - Mindo

You will be picked up early in the morning from either your hotel or the Quito airport and taken in a private air-conditioned vehicle to the town of Mindo, about 80 kilometres northwest of Quito. The drive takes about two hours. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

Travel from Quito to the biodiversity-rich Pahuma Ecological Reserve through the picturesque route of the Waterfalls of Nambillo. This area has more than 325 species of birds including the golden-headed quetzal, crimson-rumped toucanets, violet-tailed sylph, broad-billed motmot, and the famous Andean Cock-of the Rock lek.

After visiting Pahuma, drive down to the town of Mindo.

Arrive in Mindo and visit the Mariposas de Mindo (Butterfly Farm). Its butterfly exhibition has 25 varieties flying freely in a greenhouse that is approximately 644 square meters, making it one of the biggest exhibits in Ecuador. 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.

Stop for lunch in the complex of the Mariposas de Mindo.

Overnight at the Mariposas de Mindo in Mindo. Mariposas de Mindo is an eco-tourism lodge dedicated to the conservation and investigation of live butterflies in the sub-tropical cloud forest of the Mindo Nambillo Reserve. It is a family-run business and the lodge offers 4 rooms and 3 independent cabanas (cabins). They are constructed in wood, and blend in with the natural environment. The rooms have the comforts of home but are placed in an incredibly exotic place. The complex has a multi-cuisine restaurant.

Day 2: Mindo - Quito

After breakfast, set out on a trek through the cloud forest to the see the Waterfalls of Mindo. After that, visit the El Pahuma Orquid Reserve. Wader through its Orchid Botanical Garden where flowering orchids are mounted on the trees and placed in the vegetation along the trail. 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.

Relax and rest in the peaceful environs of this reserve. Enjoy being surrounded by a profusion of butterflies and birds that fill the air.

Stop for lunch in a nearby restaurant.

After lunch, continue towards Sachatamia, 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.

Begin your return journey to Quito.

Arrive in Quito where your tour ends with a drop-off either at your city hotel or at the Quito airport.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Jan – 31 Dec: Daily

Duration

2 Days/1 Night

Start time

Start time: Your preferred time
Duration
Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Meeting point

Your hotel/airport in Quito(Hotel: Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)(Airport: Please advise your flight timings at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

Your hotel/airport in Quito

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • English speaking birdwatching specialized guide
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 1 night’s accommodation at Mariposas de Mindo
  • Breakfast on Day 2
  • Lunch on Days 1, 2

Exclusions

  • Dinner
  • Soft and/or alcoholic drinks

Do/Dont's

Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). Take rain protection. This tour includes walking at altitudes between 4,700 to 1,400 meters, (15,700 to 4,600 feet). Sun protection (SPF 40) is advised. Wear a hat or a cap. Good walking shoes and an extra pair of socks are recommended. Binoculars are essential. An extra pair of shoes could become very useful due to the muddy terrain.

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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Cancellation policy

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