Ecological and family support

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community tourism

Community tourism with richard hernandez

Eco and family support: Patricio (passion for birding), Florencia (expert in the guinea pig farm), Victor (Tilapia fish farm), Rutty (best lunch place)
Tour Highlights: Inclusive tourism, birding - in no feeders, moderate or easy hiking, local families, local food, guinea pig and tilapia farm, delicious local lunch or (under request) local taste of the best guinea pig of Ecuador.

05:00 am              Pick up from your hotel in Quito
Arrival to the Community
Learning how to milk a cow. (Oñate family)
Visit and learn how to fish for your tilapia fish for lunch. (Victor)
Learn how to prepare and have your local breakfast. (Rutty)
Learn how to spot for birds while we do hike in locally owned properties - forest. (Patricio)
Visit a guinea pig farm. (Florencia)
Have lunch ( tilapia fish or guinea pig ) in the local community. (Rutty or Florencia)
We leave the community
04:15 pm Back to the hotel in Quito

Message: Eco concern and Sustain (English version)

If people know their environment, they will begin to love the environment and then protect the environment. The idea of community tourism in the cloud forest is symbiotic, where we can all live in peace with nature. I know the forest is in danger, but we can make ecological awareness. Visiting places rich in diversity, bringing the community closer, consuming what they produce, sharing what they do every day is how we can enjoy nature and make tourism a small economic support for the community. Protecting nature means working together. This community located in the northwestern cloud forest of the province of Pichincha in Ecuador, south america can offer a unique, authentic and natural experience while you enjoy nature, hiking, walking, bird watching, local food, etc. This tour is designed for tourists with a special love for community and sustainable tourism. Thank you very much for your interest in sharing with local people. Sincerely thank you very much for your worth visit which helps to protect. Sincerely,
Richard Hernandez

Mensaje: cuidado ecologico y ayuda sostenible (Spanish version)

Si las personas conocen su medio ambiente empezaran a amar el medio ambiente y luego a proteger el medio ambiente. La idea del turismo comunitario en el bosque nublado es simbiotico, donde todos podemos vivir en paz con la naturaleza. Se que el bosque esta en peligro, pero podemos hacer conciencia ecologica. Visitando lugares ricos en diversidad, acercando a la comunidad, consumiendo lo que ellos producen, compartiendo lo que ellos hacen dia a dia es como podemos disfrutar la naturaleza y hacer del turismo un pequeño sutento economico para la comunidad. Proteger la naturaleza significa trabajar todos juntos. Esta comunidad ubicada en el bosque nublado del noroccidente de la provincia de Pichincha en Ecuador, sud america puede ofrecer una experiencia unica, autentica y natural mientras usted disfruta de la naturaleza, caminatas, paseos, avistamiento de aves, comida local, etc. Este tour es diseñado para turistas con un amor especial al turismo comunitario y sustentable. Muchas gracias por tu interes en compartir con la gente local. Sinceramente muchas gracias, su visita ayuda y protege.

Richard Hernandez

Tripadvisor reviews

mindo hiking tour
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, great overnight.
Date of the experience: January/2018


mindo hiking tour
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.

mindo hiking tour
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


Cloud forest private reserves and lodges