Tourist Places to Visit in Mindo, Ecuador, America

Tourist Places to Visit in Mindo, Ecuador, America

Mindo is a small town situated in the canton of Los Bancos in Pichincha province of Ecuador between 0°03′04.29″ S latitude and 78°46′41.89″ W longitude, around 215 km northwest of both provincial and national capital, Quito and 365 km northeast of Guayaquil, the largest city of Ecuador.

Mindo is located within the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest famous for population of around 400 species of birds, 170 orchid species and 40 butterfly species.

Mindo also attracts adventure sport lovers along with nature lovers for its zip lining and inter tubing activities. Mindo is also famous for waterfalls and traditional bamboo houses.


Geography of Mindo:

The elevation of Mindo ranges from 1200 to 4780 meters and temperature ranges from 15 °C–24 °C. The driest months run from May to September.


Connectivity to Mindo:

Buses from Quito depart from Terminal Terrestre Norte to Mindo, charging $2.50 each way, catered by Flor de Valle and many other renowned bus companies. Tourists can also board a taxi from Quito but it is expensive.

During peak season from July to October, there are many tour operators offering day trips to Mindo from Quito.

Mindo is served by Mariscal Sucre International Airport located in Tababela, around 245 km away from Mindo. MSIA has connection with most of the major American and European cities including Atlanta, Panama City, Santiago de Chile, Amsterdam and Madrid.


Food and Shopping in Mindo:

Tourists can purchase typical tourist T-shirts and postcards at Hyla and Mindo also houses many fine Ecuadorian crafts shops all around.

Tourists can visit following food corners to taste traditional and international cuisines:

  • Mimi’s Bistro
  • Dragonfly Inn
  • Cafe Mindo
  • Fuera de Babylonia
  • El Chef


What to do in Mindo?

  • Bird of Paradise Tours
  • Bird watching Tours
  • Tours de Fotografia
  • El Quetzal Chocolate Making Tour
  • Mindo Cloud Forest Day Tours



What to see in Mindo?


Mindo Forest:

The forest of Mindo is a package for adventure and nature lovers with many spectacular waterfalls, around 400 bird species, a wide variety of mammals, amphibians and colorful butterflies and eye- catching greenery. Also tourists can enjoy zip lining and inter tubing in the forest.


El Quetzal:

Tourists can learn about the process of handcrafted beer at El Quetzal where visitors can also taste unique Ecuadorian beer. The chocolate flavor is very special.


The Reserva Ecologica Pachijal:

The Reserva Ecologica Pachijal is a bird and eco lodge offering guided tours to Tandayapa Pass and Bellavista Reserve, Yanacocha Reserve and Milpe and Rio Silanche bird sanctuaries.


Other places of interest near Mindo include:

  • Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge
  • Mariposas de Mindo
  • Lago Mindo Frog Concert
  • Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Nambilla Cascadas
  • Orchid Farms
  • Rio Bravo Reserve
  • Mindo Pura Vida
  • Las Tangaras Reserve
  • Nathaly Butterfly Garden

Ideal time to visit Mindo:

The months between July and October will be ideal to enjoy your holidays in Mindo.


Accommodation options in Mindo:

Mindo is home to all the kinds of accommodation centres with tourists’ favor facilities including laundry, dry cleaning, internet connectivity and hot water bath. Budget options generally charge $10 per night per person. List of major hotels in Mindo include:

  • Hacienda San Vicente
  • La Casa del Camino Mindo
  • Hosteria Septimo Paraiso
  • Reserva las Gralarias
  • Mindo’s Birdwatcher’s House
  • Hostal el Rocio
  • Hosteria Arasari
  • El Quetzal de Mindo
  • El Abrazo del Arbol
  • Yumbo Spa & Resort
  • Hosteria Bird Planet
  • El Gallo de la Pena
  • Hosteria Bird Planet
  • Casa Divina Lodge
  • Terrabambu Restaurant Lodge

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