Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden, Mindo

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#1 of 30 in Wildlife in Pichincha Province
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
Located in a cloud forest, Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden is an attractively designed and well-maintained butterfly garden offering a rewarding visit for those interested in the natural world, photography, and simple relaxation. Take a short introductory talk with one of the knowledgeable staff members before enjoying free time in the butterfly enclosure, where you can let colorful critters land on your hands and arms and take photos of their intricately patterned wings. The hummingbirds feeding at the entrance to the gardens add to the paradisal feel of this hillside retreat, which offers a range of refreshments and sit-down meals at the onsite restaurant. Put Mariposas de Mindo - Butterfly Garden on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Mindo travel itinerary planner.
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  • Not sure why a staff at this place would find my autistic son having an episode funny. But there you go. They were laughing  more »
  • We didn't get a tour through the garden, which was MAYBE too bad, b/c the folks here appear to really know their stuff. It is not/not one of the typical tourist traps that do just enough to attract yo...  more »
  • It was amazing to have butterflies all around and even land on you. I walked around for the better part of an hour, with the same butterfly on my wrist. When I was leaving, I naturally gently placed "...  more »

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Mindo is a small town, but it offers an impressive variety of hostel accommodations. Options in rustic hotels near the Mindo River range from basic rooms with few amenities to spacious suites with lots of extras. Riverside establishments work especially well for nature lovers, offering outstanding views and quick access to nature trails. For the ultimate outdoor experience, consider staying at a campground--some offer free Wi-Fi, modern showers, and covered eating areas.
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