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Mindo’s most significant flora wealth is in its diversity of orchids, of which it has over 4,500 species. Amongst the flora you will also find cedro trees, aguacatillo, arrayan, canelo and plants like berries, hill red peppers and the ortiga.

The forest also shelters more than 400 species of birds such as partridge, hummingbirds, woodpeckers and the elusive Andean cock-of-the-rock. There are many other fauna, including butterflies, bats, squirrels, deer coated bears and small amphibians.

Mindo covers 19,200 hectares and has an altitude ranging from 1,400 to 4,778 metres, Just two hours drive northwest of Quito, it is easily visited on a day trip. However, serious naturalists should consider staying for a couple of nights to explore the forest trails.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Andean cock-of-the-rock, club-winged manakin, long wattle umbrellabird, puma, torrent duck
  • Where: Pichincha Province, Ecuador

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Ecuadorian Odyssey

Take a journey through Ecuador’s varied topography to see the best of the country’s wildlife. Immerse yourself in the cloud forests of Mindo and follow hiking trails to see colourful tanagers and hummingbirds, before spending a few days in the Amazon jungle, home to an astonishing repertoire of wildlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,275 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Bella Vista Cloud Forest Lodge

Located in the Bella Visa Cloud Forest Reserve, this lodge has a variety of quirky en suite accommodations, all built to blend in with the surrounding rainforest. Hummingbird feeders are located everywhere around the lodge which attract from eight to 14 species most days of the year.