Ecuador Cloud Forests
When you visit one of Ecuador's cloud forests, be sure to bring warm clothes, hiking boots, and a rain jacket! Clouds hover in and around the forests most of the year, supplying moisture to a bounty of plants and animals living below. It's great for wildlife, but you'll probably prefer to stay dry. Don't let the humidity fool you, this is one moist environment, and the temperature can be cooler as well.
Travelers come to Mindo to see exotic birds and one of Ecuador’s most unusual landscapes. Venture down paths through the lush greenery surrounding Mindo to experience the sights and sounds of the cloud forest. Besides the many hiking trails, you can also float above the clouds in a zip line or a gondola tour.
Stay in a scenic lodge that allows you to wake up with fresh cups of hot, local coffee. Wander the grounds to admire hummingbirds and delicate orchids — all part of a complex ecosystem that you can only see in this humid rainforest.
Ecuador is full of natural beauty — from beaches to the Andes, but did you know that the nation is also home to a cloud forest? Outside of Latacunga is where you’ll find the Bomboli Cloud Forest. Representing 34 years of effort, this cloud forest blossoms under the loving stewardship of Oswlado Haro Aguirre and his wife Mariana Pérez.
509 acres of flora and fauna call this refuge home. Get in touch with the diversity this mountainous terrain offers — 150 varieties of bird live here year-round. 200 species of mammals and frogs also call the area home. As for plants, there is a whopping 6 miles of orchids to admire and ferns, epiphytes, and moss to explore.
Take a break from Latacunga's Spanish-Colonial architecture and open-air markets to get in touch with Ecuador’s wild side, and support a valuable endeavor at the same time.