Mindo (also known as the Mindo Valley) is a mountainous watershed in the western slopes of the Andes, where two of the most biologically diverse ecoregions in the world meet: the Chocoan lowlands and the Tropical Andes. In this transitional area — which covers an area of 268 square kilometers (103 sq mi) and ranges from 960–3,440 metres (3,150–11,290 ft) above sea level — three rivers (Mindo, Saloya and Cinto) and hundreds of streams irrigate the landscape, which is a patchwork of cloud forests, secondary forests, agricultural land, and human settlements.
The Mindo Valley is among the most heavily visited tourist locations in Ecuador. Nearly 200,000 tourists visit the area annually to enjoy activities such as rafting, tubing, trekking, mountain biking, canyoning, horseback riding, birdwatching, and herping. Besides its well-developed tourism infrastructure, it offers several private reserves and lodges known for their montane forests, waterfalls and unique cloud forest biodiversity. Much of the land is privately protected, and an additional 86 square kilometers (33 sq mi) falls within the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve (Spanish: Bosque Protector Mindo Nambillo).
– Depart the hotel at 7:30 am
– Pululaua crater look out.
– Arrival to the orchid reserve and easy walk to the cascades or moderate hike to the waterfall.
– Hummingbird and bird paradise (1,780m above sea level), chance for bird photography at the feeders.
– Butterfly breeding farm in Mindo town.
– Possibility of activity: zip lines.
– Lunch in Mindo town.
– Quick visit of the Inty Nan museum – Equator
– Back to the hotel at approximately 7:30pm
PRICE: USD $160.00 (tax included, max. 6 people)
Wear warm clothes comfortable walking shoes and hat or baseball cap.
Not included: Tour guide, food and beverages, Fees for activities and entrances.