Mindo cloudforest by Richard

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Mr Richard Hernandez Ch.
Richard (national licensed tour guide by Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador) has worked in Ecuador for: Lindblad Expeditions groups of National Geographic, Thomas Cook, Cox and Kings, Audley Travel London, Journey Latin America, Metropitan Touring (Ecuador), GAdventures and other local ones like Haugan Cruises, Angermeyers Andando tours, etc.
Richard has also been leading groups of tourist visitors to The Galapagos Islands. In his passion for service, Richard got to work as a professional driver for U.S missions in Ecuador as well as for foreign embassies and NGOs of human rights. Smith System Driver Improvement was part of his training.

In Richard's life following the steps of his mother in the service and love for the others, he wanted to be consecrated and he did work for the most needy as a member of the Church. Social work with children, youth and adults and finally became a novice monk (order of saint Bernard, the Trappists O.C.S.O). Love towards the human being, life and respect.

With his near 20 years experienced in Tourism of Ecuador, 9 of those years as licensed naturalist guide (by Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador) he is now the entrepreneur of leading eco-travelers to the cloud forest wonders.
For more information please contact Richard Hernandez on WhatsApp 593 9 86193500 or Mobile (011-593-8)6193500 or by email: mindocloudforest@gmail.com

Mindo cloudforest by richard hernandez


Mindo Cloud Forest.com brings different kind of cloud forest visitors looking for safe-educational or eco-friendly enjoyment of the Cloud Forest while they get a close look of the nature wonders.

We are committed to the encouragement of people for both sides locals and tourists, and it will bring new comers and new entrepreneurs in the cloud forest. - Symbiosis. The charisma and love allows to give practical ways of understandings how the eco-system works. how the world might work.

Our goal is to provide the practical knowledge in order to create ecological consciousness with the way of thinking: “we love what we know”. We also make it accessible and affordable to those in need.

Books and film makers which might be of your interest. Richard Hernandez has been honored to meet some of their authors or they have come to visit the cloudforest with Richard:

Wildlife of the Galapagos
by Julian Fitter, David Hosking, Daniel Fitter 
The Queen of Water
by Laura Resau (Goodreads Author), María Virginia Farinango 
Energia Sin Limites
by Deepak Chopra (Goodreads Author) 
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
by Luis Sepúlveda 
by Leonidas Proaño Villalba
The Birds of Ecuador: Ecology and Behavior of a Wetland Engineer
by Robert S. Ridgely 
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
by David L. Pearson, Les Beletsky
The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo Life in the Cloudforest
by Alejandro Arteaga, Lucas M. Bustamante, Juan M. Guayasamin
by Michael Palin, Basil Pao
Temple of a Thousand Faces
by John Shors
Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru
by Nigel Davies
Chagras Ecuador's Andean Cowboys
by Pete Oxford & Renee Bish
The Washing Society
by Lizzie Olesker and Lynne Sachs

Tripadvisor Reviews since 2013

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Tripadvisor review February 3/2018

mindocloudforest 2-day tour

We'd gone with Richard Hernandez on a day trip and were happy to book 2 days and an overnight with this - now I have to say - friend. His enthusiasm for nature and for the accomplighments of the people in Mindo sold us. He designed the trip to accommodate our requests but was flexible and added good suggestions. btw for a great overight, if you like frogs, book Mindo Lago.Mostrar menos
Date of the experience: January/2018


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Tripadvisor review July 16/2018

Richard is an AMAZING naturalist and guide!

We just spent the day with Richard doing a hiking and birding day in the Mindo Cloud Forest and we cannot recommend this highly enough. I called Richard very last-minute and he was graciously able to fit us in and accompanied us for the day. We were so lucky! Richard is very knowledgeable about the forest and also very passionate about conservation and eco-tourism. He knows where excellent private reserves are in the forest and took us to three spots where we saw an amazing array of hummingbirds, toucans and tanagers. We also enjoyed a beautiful hike into a huge waterfall where we saw many orchids, bromeliads and lilies. Richard is so friendly, open and warm and we thoroughly enjoyed our conversations with him throughout the day. I couldn't imagine coming to the Mindo cloud forest with anyone else, and we're already planning how we can get back to do more exploring here. Definitely visit the Mindo cloud forest when you're in Quito.

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Tripadvisor review February 21/2018

Excellent Day Trip to Mindo Cloud Forest

Our day trip tour with Richard Hernandez was excellent. Richard is extremely knowledgeable naturalist. The whole day was enjoyable. My favorite part was visiting the hummingbird sanctuary. Since this was a private tour, Richard was very accommodating to our needs. Richard loves what he does and it shows in his enthusiasm on the tour. Another highlight of the tour, was a detour that we took when some locals found a rare snake in the forest and we went to view it. Such an amazing experience! Thanks Richard.
Date of the experience: Nov/2017


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Hiking and birding

moderate to difficult hiking level required.

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.