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Mindo Travel Guide: 47 reviews and 295 photos

Mindo is a small town with about 2000 inhabitants, set in a valley surrounded by green hills with cloud forest vegetation. Because Mindo is situated at an altitude of 1250m the climate is very pleasant, not too cold and not too hot, but be prepare for rain though.

Mindo is a popular tourist destination and as Quito is only 2.5 hours away many people come here especially for the weekend. There are lots of things to do in and around Mindo for a visitor. Among other things there are great hikes to do, bird-watching (there are more than 400 bird species in the forests around Mindo), you can visit butterfly farms and orchid gardens and you can go zip-lining and tubing on the river.

I wanted to do zip-lining and tubing but as I had broken my wrist I couldn’t do that. However, I hiked between the waterfalls in the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest and on the trails above Casa Amarilla, went on a chocolate tour, visited a butterfly farm and an orchid garden and ate very good trout.

  • Last visit to Mindo: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2013
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Interesting and wonderful travel pages on Mindo. We especially like the butterfly farm, the orchid garden and your chocolate tour. The photographs that you have depicted in the pages are certainly superb. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Mar 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Mindo with surroundings was lovely and I liked all the things that one could do there. Thanks for visiting!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    A very attractive place for bird-watching, flower-watching and butterfly-watching, and hiking as well. Eight restaurants worth visiting in such a small town. Wonderful waterfalls!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Mar 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Thank you for visiting Sergey! Mindo was a lovely place and there was so much to do in and around this little town.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Nice page! Mindo looks like an interesting place to visit!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Thank you Sylvia! It was a lovely place to visit!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    What a lovely place to relax and unwind. I would have liked the chocolate tour.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Yes, it is a lovely and relaxed place, and so many things to do. Thank you for visiting Lori!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I wish we could have managed to include Mindo in our trip but there wasn't enough time for everything I wanted to see! It looks lovely, and I enjoyed "seeing" it with you at least ;-)

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 14, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      There are so many nice places to visit in Ecuador and I couldn't include Mindo either during my first visit.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Another interesting informative page with lots of lovely photos!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    What a beautiful green place with waterfalls, butterflies, orchids and mountains. Too bad you were hampered by your broken wrist, but you still managed to do lots of things while you were there.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Thank you Don! Mindo is a very calm place and the surroundings are beautiful. It would have been better to visit without a broken wrist, but anyway it was good.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Another great page about your adventures in Ecuador. Interesting to see that they have a Cafe with German specialities there. Do you have to operate the hand-powered cable car by yourself or is there a sort of conductor operating it?

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      Thank you Holger! Someone is siting in one end of the wire and there is also a person in the basket.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Great restaurant choices! It looks so green and lush there. I am afraid I would travel by foot, I am like a safety inspector and would fail that hand-powered cable car....lol! You are quite the adventurer! Excellent page!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Thank you Dee! Mindo is a very green place, with lots of flowers, birds and butterflies. It is a very calm and relaxed place to visit.

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