Don't believe any negative reviews about Richard, he is an experienced, knowledgeable tour guide that enjoys sharing his passion for the flora and fauna of Ecuador. He has a great sense of humour, and had us laughing during the whole excursion. We learned so much about birds and plants- our hike in the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve was so much fun. Our included meal at the bird lodge was delicious, and after mentioning we wanted to visit the Equator line, he was happy to transport us there, arrange a tour guide for us at the museum, and bring us back to our hotel. We have beautiful pictures of the Mindo cloud forest and hummingbirds from our excursion. If you are genuinely interested in Ecuador's ecology and are looking for a kind, intelligent guide then you won't be disappointed! .
"The love of all living creatures is the most nobel attribute of man" - Charles Darwin.
"I am decidedly of the opinion that in very many instances we can trace such a necessary connexion, especially among birds, and often with more complete success than in the case which I have here attempted to explain" - Alfred Russel Wallace.
The preservation of the primary and pristine forest requires an ecological compromise. These kind of tours is for people who appreciate nature and have an ecological concern. When you book a nature tour, make sure your tour operator and licensed tour guide have also ecological concern.
Booking this kind of tour you visit the town of Mindo and the its attactions 2 or 4 miles far from the town like the cable car, zip line, chocolate and coffee tour, butterfly farm, water tubing. Easy and nice walks through secondary forest, enjoying the people of the town.
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My wife and I had an excellent two day tour with Richard Hernández. He collected us from our hotel in Quito and then over the next 36 hours took us to a range of places where we saw and photographed all sort of wildlife including hummingbirds and tanagers, whilst Richard enthusiastically shared with us his great knowledge of the birds, plants and animals. In our tour we had two walking expeditions including one to a small waterfall via a zip line, and another to a 100 metre high cascade following a climbing trek through the woods and forests. On both walks we were given full explanations of all the plants and sights that we saw. Our overnight stay was at BellaVIsta Reserve, which was beautifully sited and met all our expectations. The second day had an early start to sight the magnificent Cock of the Rock bird in the depths of the forest. The tour was a wonderful time for us both. Richard Hernández is a tremendous guide and is passionate about the beauty and wonders of the Cloud Forest. Thoroughly recommended. .
I had only one day in Quito and contacted this company to see if I could coordinate to see the various places I wanted to see. Richard bent over backwards to get me to see everything on my list. It was a very full day, but it was amazing and well worth the price. I appreciated Richard's communication with me to confirm all of the activities beforehand and his expert's eye at spotting birds and wildlife. I thought the Bellavista reserve was an amazing place, and I enjoyed going to the various spots around Mindo Town. All in all, a great experience and I highly recommend booking with Richard and this company! .
Fantastic day tour with a local taste but not touristy. Ecological and sustainable support to quite not very crowded places where they do also welcome people like you. A minimum hiking level is required and a disposal also to learn about the ecosystem and local people.
Two types of tours in one day tour. On this we do not visit the town of Mindo, we do enjoy hiking and birds.