San Miguel de Los Bancos, Ecuador

About this trip

The Mindo cloud forest is home to more than 400 bird species. There are also many different types of orchids, butterflies, mammals and amphibians, as the region is one of the most biodiverse places on earth.

Tour Description

The Mindo cloud forest is home to more than 400 bird species. There are also many different types of orchids, butterflies, mammals and amphibians, as the region is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. The cloud forest in the northeast of Ecuador is part of the Chocó Bioregion, a very humid area allowing for the development of plant life which can be seen growing everywhere!  On this trip, you will discover all of this! 

Mindo is popular and well-known and is located only two hours from Quito. The Mindo cloud forest is an ecosystem characterised by the presence of fog or ‘clouds’ at the height of the tops of trees that generate abundant moisture and development of mosses and epiphytes, which allows a wide variety of animals and plants with a high level of endemism. In Ecuador, the conservation of these forests has attracted considerable interest from NGOs and governments, so activities such as ecotourism and bird watching in Mindo, in particular, is a great opportunity for local communities to preserve this richness. 

Apart from the beautiful ecosystem and nature, you can also partake in a number of different activities including ecotourism, adventure sports and hiking. We will not be doing this today but you might want to come back!

What to bring

What to bring

  • ID (original or copy)
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap or hat
  • Bandana
  • Sunblock
  • Money, including small change
  • A backpack to store stuff
  • Water


Day Tour


  • Hotel pick-up
  • Visit Pululahua Volcano, Alambi Hummingbird Reserve, Butterfly Garden, Cable Car, hike to Mindo Nambillo Waterfall (approx. 30 minute walk)
  • Visit a farm which houses local types of hummingbirds, butterflies and orchids
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Visit a chocolate factory
  • Drive back to Quito

Includes: Private tourist transportation, certified bilingual guide, lunch, entrance fees

Excludes: Personal expenses, drinks and tips

Your Organizer

Quito Bike Tours and Travel Experiences
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I would rate this trip as one of the most outstanding ones we have ever made. And thanks God we could still make it, before Corona took over. What really made the difference in Nicky Lodge was our Guide Pedro -what a special person with so much knowledge and charm, his background, originally from the region, simply overwhelmed us. The lodge was O.K, the cook and the staff so attentive, we really did feel at home. Some of the guides there simply were, as to our opinion, already too touristic. I don't need a personal book to be personally recommendated, do I? The trip was very well organized, we would do it again. I Hope all of you are well, we are with you, Antje and Sylvia
The bus itself was comfortable and clean. Love the second level seating, the view was great from there. The driver and the guide were great, knowledgeable, and friendly. I learned a lot about Ecuador in a fun way through this bus tour. Once at the equator, we went our own ways and met up in a couple hours, which was nice to venture out on our own for a little. My favorite part was the Agave house tour. Again, super educational and getting to taste the Miske and other parts of the agave plant was amazing. 110% would reccomend. Worth the $ and worth the time!
We had a wonderful time with lovely people as guide, driver muy careful and agency muy agréable y useful through a 30 day trip across le country. We recommend surely Quito bike tours for a trip in Ecuador with people local outside of touristic area.

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