Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Mindo Cloud Forest
Heading two hours north-west of Quito, you will find the cloud forest of Mindo. The special clouds and vegetation create a fascinating, sometimes magical environment for a wonderful variety of species of hummingbirds and butterflies. We especially recommend this tour for bird lovers, as sightings of several hundred bird species have been registered in this area.
On the way, stop to admire the magnificent flora and fauna in Armadillo and Pueblo Nuevo. With your nature guide, take a two hour hike through the Bellavista Nature Reserve to the Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge. The lodge offers nature lovers an insight into the secrets of the cloud forest with observations of endemic birds, orchids, and other plant species and we recommend enjoying lunch at the lodge restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the butterfly farm in Mindo or take the cable car Tarabita over a 530 meter long gorge to the waterfall nature reserve. Here you can enjoy many small waterfalls and the tropical nature on a short hike. In the evening you return to Quito.