Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, Mindo

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Lush rolling mountainsides and wispy clouds set a surreal scene at Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve. This nature reserve provides a more accessible counterpart to the nearby rainforests, while still brimming with many bird species, orchids, butterflies, waterfalls, ferns, and lush green vegetation. The reserve also offers many activities, including hiking, rappelling, tubing, mountain biking, canyoning, and ziplining. The warm, wet cloud forest (also known as a fog forest) also has lots of insects, so don't forget insect repellant and waterproof clothing. Consider exploring the reserve with the help of a local guide for the fullest experience. Plan your visit to Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mindo tour planner.
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  • One must understand the difference between a canopy and a true jungle. This is a remarkable place to see in a modern world. The sounds and sights are marvelous. There is an opportunity to see beautifu...  more »
  • You pay $5 to take the cable care (tarabita) to take you to the beginning of the hike. The trail is easy, I think between 5-7 kms only and it goes down all the way to the bottom of the trail where a f...  more »
  • We were staying in Quito and did a day tour to Mindo. It was a long drive, especially with kids, but we enjoyed the hike and swam in the river. Fun bridge to cross with great photo opportunities. Make...  more »

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Where to stay in Mindo

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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