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Mindo Ecuador

Ecuador rainforest, Mindo birdThis 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 Spring.

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.

The 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

Ecuador rainforest, Mindo birdwatchersThe 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...

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