Mindo Full-Day Tour
During this full-day tour, you'll explore the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve and the Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve. In Mindo, you'll visit waterfalls and a butterfly farm, and take a cable car over the forest.
up to 15 days in advance
- Duration: 10 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 8:00 AM
- Inquire for Transportation
- Free cancellation up to 15 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The tour begins with an 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel. The first stop of this tour is at an overlook with views of the Pululahua Volcano. Take pictures and enjoy the wonderful scenery before continuing on to the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve. This reserve spreads out over some 1,500 acres (650 ha) of protected cloud forest. While here you'll learn about some of the 200 identified species within the reserve and also will visit a beautiful waterfall.
The tour continues on to the Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve. This reserve has around 22,000 acres (8,900 ha) of primary forest, including everything from jungle to páramo. You will visit the Butterfly Farm to learn about the 25 species of butterflies that live in this area. The tour then visits the Nambillo Waterfall.
Next, the tour crosses an impressive canyon over the Mindo River on a cable car. The cable car travels some 230 feet (70 m) above the forest, providing you with an incredible view of the area. Once you're on the other side, you'll walk along a pleasant path to the Waterfalls Sanctuary. The walk takes about 30 minutes, with a trail that runs through lush vegetation.
After this adventure, you'll enjoy lunch in a tasty restaurant. Keep an eye out for hummingbirds and tanagers, which may be perched on the branches of nearby trees. An optional canopy tour is available after lunch.
You will return to Quito and arrive in the city around 6:00 PM.
NOTE: In Group Tour or Shared Service does not include the entrance fees nor lunch.
What to Bring
Sunscreen, insect repellent, rain jacket, sunglasses, camera, hiking shoes, water bottle, and comfortable clothing.
Transportation and English-speaking guide.
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