Contact your Mindo local guide directly

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Edy Arias:

Nature guide with a passion for photography, bird and amphibian observer willing to share knowledge of nature.
Availability for: bird tours: all days
Availability for: nightlife sighting, frogs: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Languages spoken: Spanish (his native) and English names for frogs
E mail:
Mobile/Whatsapp: 098 594 4706 / from abroad: (011-593-)98 594 4706

mindo by locals

Edwin Villota:

Reputable Certified guide for Canyoning with a passion for waterfall rappelling.
Availability: all days
Languages spoken: Spanish (his native) and very basic English
E mail:
Mobile/Whatsapp: 099 128 0904 / from abroad: (011-593-)98 128 0904

Tripadvisor reviews

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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, 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.

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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


Cloud forest private reserves and lodges