Mindo is a village on the pacific slope of the Ecuadorian Andes situated in a valley surrounded by virgin cloudforest. Lying at around 1.300m above sea level it guards the entrance to the protected forest reserve Mindo-Nambillo, which constitutes a biodiversity hotspot especially known for its wealth in birdlife. This is why bird watchers from all over the world visit Mindo.
But not only bird watchers have Mindo on their list for an unforgettable trip, also people who are looking for the tranquility of pristine nature enjoy their stay. Families enjoy easy walks along the rivers, bikerides or the colorful butterflies at the butterfly farm.
As Mindo is surrounded by mountains and water, active visitors can practice a variety of sports including hiking, tubing, biking, canyoning, rafting, zip-lining and climbing. There are several tour operators in town who will help you select the right adventure for you.
Due to its location almost on the equator the weather is pretty stable with the driest months from May to September. Temperatures all year around range from 18 °C – 30 °C (64 °F – 86 °F).
Mindo is an attractive destination for daytrips from Quito the bustling capital of Ecuador, because it is accessible by a paved road and is only a 2 hour trip away. This makes it popular with weekend tourist who want to escape city life and enjoy the beauty of nature or with international tourists on their last days before heading home as well as people on a busniess trips to Quito with limited time to enjoy Ecuador's extreme diversity.
Mindo is always worth a visit.