small village, about a three or four hours drive west of Quito, is a
popular destination for bird-watchers and nature lovers who want to
see some of Ecuador's western forests at a reasonable cost. Mindo has
an area of pre-montane cloud forest nearby called the Bosque Protector
Mindo-Nambillo. Between local community activism, ecotourism and the
work of private groups, much of Mindo's forests are being preserved or
are regenerating. Locals say it's the only place in Ecuador that is
gaining forest. It's a beautiful area and, with over 400 species of
birds recorded, the bird-watching is hard to beat. Mindo is located at
2,100m in altitude and is it is known as the land of the Eternal
Birdlife International named Mindo as the first IBA or Important Bird
Area in the Americas in 1997, for its exceptional flora, fauna and
botanical abundance, unique in species, considered vital for the
development of ecological tourism.
climate tends to be milder than weather in Quito, temperatures ranging
from about 15ºC – 24ºC (60ºF – 75ºF) year-round. Rain storms are
common, so bring proper gear. There is no true dry season, but the
climate is driest from May – September.
As far as the tourist season goes, July - October are the busiest
months, but weekends and national holidays throughout the year find
Mindo packed to the brim with Quiteños dying for some fresh air.
Over 170 species of orchids have been identified within the reserve of
Mindo Ecuador, which lies in a region with some of the highest rates
of plant endemism in the world. Orchids, bromeliads, heliconias,
ferns, vines, mosses and lichens grow in abundance here.
Mindo is also a perfect area for adventure sports. Horseback riding,
mountain biking, tubing or rafting in the rushing Mindo river. An
exciting experience to enjoy watching the wildlife and the beautiful
natural landscapes while you go down-river.
Mindo Nambillo Protected Forest
Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest is located only a few minutes away
local lodges. Its 44.443 acres, cover altitudes that vary from 3.840
ft. to 15,820 ft., gathering different ecosystems in which an
extraordinary diversity of vegetation flourishes and where exotic
birds and insects can be seen. Over 2000 plant species are native to
the area, including a host of wild orchids. continues...