Ecuador cloudforest

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Mindo cloudforest with richard hernandez

Eco concern

04:15 am   Pick up from your hotel in Quito
Arrival to the lek.
Visit to the Andean Cock of the rock (sanguinolenta) lek, Yellow breasted antpitta, dark backed wood quail.
Optional: depart for birding the club-winged Manakin lek.
Mindo Birding morning at a bird lodge - sickle-winged guan, Ecuadorian thrush, slate-throated and spectacled whitestart, red-headed barbet, black-capped tanager, etc -Breakfast.
Arrival to a bird place: crimson-rumped toucanet, dusky bush-tanager, metallic-green tanager, toucan barbet, etc.
Birding: Violet tailed sylph, Velvet purple coronet, Brown Inca, purple-bibbed white tip, etc.
Back to Quito to your Hotel



03:00 am    Pick up from your hotel in Quito
Arrival to the village.
Visit the Long wattled umbrella bird lek.
Arrival to a bird lodge - Breakfast - Ecuadorian thrush, Toucan barbet.
Depart for birding at a bird santuary. Choco toucan, Club winged Manakin, Velvet purple coronet, Brown Inca.
Arrival to Tandayapa area - bird and hummingbirds:. White wiskered hermit, Gorgeted sunangel.
Depart to Quito
Back to Quito to your Hotel


The natural ripening of the fruits

By Horticultivos: investigation

Naturally, a large number of fruits ripen due to the action of ethylene, a hormone produced by the fruits and that, as the concentration increases, the ripening process is accelerated, modifying the color, firmness, flavor and characteristic aromas of each fruit.
Ethylene is a very volatile substance generated by fruits during maturity, so it is considered a ripening hormone. Due to the ripening effect, the starch of the fruits is transformed into sugars (fructose and glucose), the tannins (characteristic compounds of the “green” fruit that give it a bitter taste) are also reduced, and the pH increases, reducing the acidity.
All these transformations contribute to make the fruits more pleasant to our palate by mixing the acidic flavors with the sweets. On the other hand, the colors of the fruits are accentuated more when they are ripe, this means that the concentrations of carotenes (yellow, orange, red) and anthocyanins (red, purple, blue) increase.

Classification of fruits by their form of mellowing

Not all fruits are harvested when they are in commercial maturity. Some fruits require several days to complete the maturity once harvested, others on the contrary, they must be harvested at their optimum point of maturity, because if they are harvested “green” they will not ripen once cut from the tree or plant. In some cases, the fruits have reached sufficient maturity to be commercialized, however, they still have some green areas, reducing their acceptability on the part of the client.
From the point of view of how the fruits ripen, we can classify them into: climacteric and non-climacteric fruits.
For climacteric fruits, like: apple, pear, peach, fig, plum, melon, watermelon, blueberry, tomato, custard apple, avocado, banana, mango, papaya and kiwi. The maturity process is initiated according to changes in its hormonal composition. It is not a gradual process, a maximum peak of maturity occurs and then begins to decline until aging begins. The beginning of climacteric maturation is a well defined process that is characterized by a rapid increase in the speed of respiration and the evolution of ethylene by the fruit. The climacteric fruits have the ability to continue ripening even separated from the plant, provided they have reached a physiological state that ensures ethylene production, therefore, this type of fruit is usually harvested when they are still somewhat "green", continuing the maturation process separated from the plant.
On the contrary, in relation to non-climacteric fruits, like: cherry, grape, raspberry, orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, strawberry, cucumber, bell pepper and pineapple. The maturity process is a gradual and continuous process. Non-climacteric fruits lack the ability to continue ripening once separated from the plant, so it must be ensured that they have reached an appropriate state of maturity for consumption at the time of harvest.
Citrus fruits are typical examples of non-climacteric fruits and in them ethylene does not regulate ripening, that is, they do not ripen by ethylene. However, ethylene is able to accelerate the degradation of chlorophylls, pigments responsible for the green color of the fruits. For the marketing of citrus fruits a certain degree of coloration is required, for that reason ethylene is applied in order to accelerate the elimination of the green color of those fruits, that is, for aesthetic reasons.
These fruits (not climacteric), even if they are allowed to ripen a few days, if they have not been harvested at their optimum time, they will follow a natural aging process. They will not vary neither their flavor nor their color.

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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.