Looking to get lost with nature, waterfalls and birds? Mindo Lush is the perfect getaway, a lush cloud forest that holds an impressive record of 450 bird species including the famous cock of the rock. An incredible amount of orchids found in gardens and farms featuring butterflies and frogs. Found in the west slopes valley of the main capital with only 2 hours away from Quito, Mindo Lush offers you quick access to a feature packed day tour where nature is the main ingredient. You will be amazed how your landscape quickly shifts from a highlands scenery, to lush forest surrounded with nature and life. Mindo Lush will take you through you the best nature focused activities in the area, these are mild and suitable for a wide range of travelers.
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Mindo Lush Highlights
Cloud forest & Orchids
Mindo Cloud forest sets the perfect environment for an incredible amount of vegetation and orchids to blossom, with an ongoing moist climate characterized by fog, a cloudy atmosphere that continuously nurtures its surrounding vegetation. Cloud forests in general hold a high percentage of endemic plants and Mindo is no exception – a variety of orchids with different colors and shapes are found in orchid gardens and out in the open throughout Mindo, truly a magical place.
Hummingbirds & Other Birds
Mindo is a small little town full of life mainly for the impressive amount of bird species and hummingbirds – over 450 species of birds and hundreds of hummingbirds, many of them being endemic; a birding paradise without a doubt. During your hikes in the forest you will hear them chirping and easily spot them in your surroundings.
Butterfly’s & Cascades
Butterfly farms will allow you to observe many different species of butterflies, varying in shape; colors and sizes. If timing is in your favor your will be able to witness all four stages in their life cycle, from egg shapes to caterpillars, pupae’s and full grown adult butterflies. Cascades sanctuary is found in Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo, a cable car over the tree tops will allow you to follow easy going trails leading to an impressive amount of cascades in the midst of calm, green lush vegetation.
Mindo Lush Program 2018
Hotel pickup with approximately 2 hour drive.
Visit a butterfly farm to observe their life cycle stages & different type of species.
Cloud forest hiking in easy going trails, get acquainted with your natural environment.
Take a cable car on treetops, hike to an impressive amount of cascades, optional swimming.
Lunch break, it is recommended to bring a box lunch for an immersive experience.
Visit an orchid farm to observe a great variety of orchids varying in color & shapes.
Optional activities to replace the orchid farm: Humming bird cafe or frog farm.
Tour ends, your guide will drive drop you off in your hotel at approx 6pm.
- Available 08:00 to 18:00 any day of the week. *Optional activities are time & weather dependent.
- Bookings are not processed on weekends. We require at least 4 days notice to properly set up day tours. Please keep this in mind before placing your reservation.
Mindo Lush Rates 2018
Mindo Lush Day Tour - Nature Discovery / 4+ Guest
Mindo Lush Day Tour - Nature Discovery / 3 Guest
Mindo Lush Day Tour - Nature Discovery / 2 Guest
Mindo Lush Day Tour - Nature Discovery / Book Online Now
* Prices are per person, and subject to change without prior notice
* All prices are in USD
|Mindo Lush, Nature Discovery||1 day – 0 nights||single guest||private vehicle||private guide||$170||BOOK NOW|
Mindo Lush Inclusions & Exclusions
||Hotel Pickup (city hotels)|
||Certified bilingual guide|
||Activities as listed *entrance fees apply|
||Personal expenses & entrance fees|
||Transfer to other locations|
Last revision: 29-November-2017 / Valid until: 31-December-2018
Certified tours by local authorities, compliant with local regulations.
Programs are private by default with certified English speaking driver-guides.
Regular vehicles used by default, a van or bus for groups above 4 guests.
Order of activities are not fixed & might change to optimize your experience.
Activities may be replaced/changed if they can be arranged in the allotted time.
- Bathing suit & towel
- Sport or trekking shoes
- Light clothing & rainproof jacket
- High factor sun block cream or gel
- Bottled water to carry with you in tour
- Digital camera or mobile phone
- Cash for souvenirs, meals & tipping
- Backpack to carry personal belongings
- UV400 sunglasses with 100% UVB block
- Passport copy, keep original stored in hotel
Children allowed: Yes
Children discount: 50%
Children minimum age: 6 years
Considered child: Under the age of 6
Restrictions: Accompanied with 2 adults
Discount & restrictions subject to change
Please check our terms and conditions for a full breakdown of applicable clauses that apply for day tour bookings.