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Mindo

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Things to do: wildlife areas, adventure, nature
Clinging to the western slopes of the Andes, tiny Mindo offers a big punch in terms of tourist appeal. Set in a lush cloud forest, Mindo vacations attract bird-watchers and nature lovers interested in discovering a verdant landscape populated by hundreds of species of animals, many of which are rare and threatened with extinction. Founded in the 1860s, the settlement houses just 3,000 permanent residents but boasts a developing tourist infrastructure, which makes Mindo holidays increasingly popular with international visitors and weekenders from nearby Quito. Use our world travel planner: Mindo and all its delights await.
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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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