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What kind of money does Ecuador use?

Since 2000 in Ecuador we use US dollars only. Not our money anymore (Sucre in the past), only US dollars in Ecuador. Cause the coins are heavier than paper bill, to ship the coins of (1,5,10,25 and 50 US cents) from the US to Ecuador is expensive (due their weight) for the Ecuadorian government. 
The Ecuadorian government has asked permit to the US government to coin these coins locally (only for the local use) using the profile on those coins about Ecuadorian important people in our national history.
So we have both, US dollar cents and Ecuadorian dollar cents. US coin cents and the US cents coined in Ecuador and have a value locally not abroad. Those US coins (coined locally) are considered US dollar cents not Ecuadorian money.


The Republic of Ecuador in Southamerica is one of the 17 megadiverse groups world wide. The presence of the Andes mountains from North to South forming valleys in between the West and the East Andes chain crossed by the Equator line, makes up different ecosystems both eastern andean slopes and western andean slopes. By the East of Ecuador is the Amazon rainforest and by the West the Pacific ocean, both they have humidity rising up and brought to the Andes mountains by wind currents and they give the formation of mist or fug that is what we call Ecuador Cloudforest (technically known as pre montain forest) on both sides of the Andes mountain range.

Nearby the Subtropical Zone of Tandayapa, this hummingbird route, is Mindo Nambillo Protected Forest this unique bird area with endemic species of birds and plants is the transition Cloudforest zone from 2,500 meters above the sea level down to 1,000 m. a. s. l. with rain fall of 800 to 2,500 milimeters per year. Just to a distance of 35km / 22miles from Mindo is "Pedro Vicente Maldonado", a county with near 13,000 people, elevation of 620 meters above the sea level, locally famous for its tropical climate and great diversity of birds and culture. A safe an confortable lodge is "Remanso lodge"in Pedro Vicente Maldonado

Hi Nature lovers,
Since all media seems not emphasis with accurate information of Latin America, I would like to post important info about the malaria and other diseases in fashion.
On Tropical areas:the malaria mosquito is found mostly during the changing season from dry to rainy season and vice versa andonlyontropical areasmost common in areas of the coastal lowlands near the ocean at altitudes of 500 meters/1640 feet above the sea level and lower altitudes.

Mindo Cloud forest is consider high (it is cloud forest),it is at 1300 meters/4265 feet and the cloud forest is an area from 1000m/3280 feet high to almost 3000m/9842 feet. Too high for malaria and other tropical deseases. Milpe bird santuary is at 1100 meters/3608 feet.
Cotopaxi is very high, it is above the tree line till 4200 meters/13780 feet, it is consider cold Andean paramo.
Otavalo is at 2500 meters/8202 feet and it is also very high for malaria.
I hope this information can help to plan your visit to Mindo Cloud Forest.

Magic Bird sites
in Mindo cloud forest are: Maquipucuna Biological Reserve at 1,000 - 2,500 meters, Mindo Cloudforest foundation at 1100 meters, Oreothraupis Reserve altitude:2,300 to 2,4500 meters, Bellavista Cloudforest Reserve altitude: 2,400 meters, Aves de Paz Bird Santuary at 1,800 meters, Sachatamia Lodge and Reserve altitude: 1,700 meters, Milpe Bird Sanctuary altitude:1,100meters Support nature, visit Cloud forest Reserves.


The name Mindo comes from a pre-Columbian language from the wordmindalaterm from indegenous merchants - Yumbos - Mindo was an strategic stop from their journeys from the Coast to Quito. Mindalae museum in Quito.
In northwestern Ecuador, Mindo is a parish of 268 square km located in a Biogeographicall hilly area nestled
in the western slopes of the Andes, three large rivers (Mindo, Saloya and Cinto) and hundreds of streams irrigate the landscape.
Mindo settlement of the Yumbo and Nigua ethnic group. Later in 1644 after the eruption of Pichincha volcano they joined to other ethnic groups like Tzachila and Chibchas located northwest from Ecuador.


The town approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Quito, you can visit here on a day trip or stay overnight at one of the several comfortable cloud forest lodges out of Mindo or in one of the "Mindo hotels" in the town. Mindo has tourist attractions like tubing, orchids, butterfly gardens, bird tours, cable car, waterfalls. Easy access to different private reserves in the cloud forest area. Highly recommended for Nature Lovers on Tripadvisor.

What to do in Mindo? and where to go in Mindo?

In addition to "birdwatching in Mindo", Mindo has many other activities to keep nature lovers occupied. The green, lush landscapes are punctuated by nature trails, freshwater rivers and waterfalls, which can be explored by foot.

Mindo river is a low-level rapids which is perfect for tubing so it is no surprise that this is one of the most popular activities in Mindo. For about $5 to $7 ($24 the whole ride) per person, you will be driven up to the launch point and will be given a helmet, a small inner tube that will be tied to the inner tubes of the other members of your group, a life jacket and a tubing local guide. This Mindo tubing is not rafting, so it will be a mellow float down the river—no need to navigate advanced rapids or anything.

Two other major attractions in Mindo butterfly farm. In fact. About two miles outside of town, along the road that goes to the waterfall, is the Mariposas de Mindo, or Butterfly Farm. This is the most well-known and most professional of them all. Admission to the Mariposario costs $7.50 per person.

Another great way to get introduced to the local flora and fauna is to participate in the nightly Mindo “frog concert” just outside of town. The name may be misleading, because the “frog concert” is less of a concert and more of a night walk in the forest and around ponds where an informational guide points out the different nocturnal species that inhabit the area, including the many species of frogs. The tour takes place at 7 p.m. daily and costs $5, which includes a glass of wine.

Adventure-seekers will not want to miss one of the canopy tours offered along the road to the waterfalls. Mindo Canopy Adventure is the the major company (the one with good reputation) that has set up cables through the Mindo cloud forest that tourists can zipline on. A canopy tour costs $18 for 10 lines and $8 for 2 or 3 lines. The price includes all the necessary equipment, a professional guide that can help you with tricks along the way, and the tour itself, which includes Mindo ziplining on more than 10 different cables.

Another activity in Mindo is riding on the Mindo cable car called tarabita (Mindo gondola), which stretches across two of the mountaintops. The ride provides some beautiful, photo-worthy views of the cloud forest. A roundtrip ride costs $3 per person, but you can also gain access to the Mindo Nambillo private reserve on the other side for an additional $5 per person.

Everybody talks, visits and enjoys Chocolate, if you want to support Organic Mindfully produced Chocolateplease buy and support reliable and serious choclate brands. The farming and production of the chocolate is very far from the pristine cloudforest area. In the Tropics. They are tropifarmers (farmers from the tropics) committed to "plant to bar" chocolate making, perpetuating sustainable and traditional ways of agriculture while re-existing and saving a human heritage in danger of extinction. When choosing Yumbos Chocolate you are contributing to the generation of environmental justice, together with social and ecological sustainability in the forests of Ecuador.

Public transportation from Quito to Mindo and from Mindo to Quito.

From Quito or from Mindo: Flor del Valle bus company.
For your information and confort we recommend a direct option that starts your journey at the La Ofelia Transport Terminal, north of Quito:
Cooperativa Flor del Valle, phone: land line: 022-364 393. The price of the ticket is $ 3.10 and its schedules are:
From Monday to Friday:
From Quito to Mindo: 08h00 - 09h00 - 16h00
From Mindo to Quito: 06h30 - 11:00 - 13h45 - 15h30 - 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays:
From Quito to Mindo: 07h40 - 08h00 - 09h00 - 16h00 on Saturday. Till 17:00 on Sunday
From Mindo to Quito: 06h30 - 11:00 - 13:00 - 14:00 - 15:00 - 16:00 - 17:00
On its return itineraries to Quito, this company leaves from the following address in Mindo: Quito Avenue, next to restaurant La Sazon de Marcelo.


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Tripadvisor review December 08/2018

Wonderful tour of the cloud forest

We took a custom tour of the cloud forest with Richard in October. Richard is a goldmine of knowledge regarding the fauna and flora of the region. He could even mimic the calls of the various birds of the forest. We chose to do a hike up to a waterfall where we could find some frogs, and Richard was able to locate for us a female Cock of the Rock nesting. We went to another location and saw tons of hummingbirds that weren’t afraid of our presence. I also really wanted to see a toucan, so instead of doing a cable car ride ( there are several activities and wildlife options to choose from), we choose to do more bird watching. We were glad we did as we saw so many colorful birds including a really big woodpecker AND at the end of the day at lunch at a quiet private location overlooking the forest, a toucan appeared so close to us. I cannot tell you how excited I was! My husband and I were also pleased that we didn’t have crowds and it was just us for the majority of the tour.

Also as a testament to Richard and his character, I had accidentally left the case to my camera at the place where we ate lunch, which was about 2 hours away from Quito. Richard at some point had retrieved it and dropped it off at the hotel at the AIRPORT which is an hour outside I Quito. To me that is going above and beyond and I am so thankful and appreciative for what he did.

Richard helped make our honeymoon memorable and special, and we are grateful for him.
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Date of the experience: November 2018

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tripadvisor review February 18/2015

great two days in Mindo

We took an overnight tour of the Mindo area with Richard. It was a terrific trip with hiking and photography opportunities, and learning about this part of Ecuador. On the first day, we went on a short hike in an Orchid Preserve,visited two different private places to see hummingbirds and butterflies, learned about how chocolate is made in a small factory, did a cable car ride in pouring rain and, at night, took a short trip in the forest to discover and see tiny frogs. On the second day, we left very early to see Cock-of-the-Rocks flying around just as sun came up on dense forest, and then went on a couple of short hikes. Richard is very knowledgable and friendly. Further, he has taken as his mission to help other locals benefit from tourism, instead of that money going to third parties (large tour companies). I like that and I am glad we did our little bit to encourage it. Highly recommended.
Date of experience: January 2015

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Mindo butterflies

Most seen in the area.

Heliconius Eleuchia
Heliconius Melpomene
Heliconius Erato sp.
Heliconius Ismenius
Heliconius Athis
Heliconius Erato
Heliconius Sara
Heliconius Charitonius
Heliconius Cydno
Dryas Julia
Euides Vivilia
Dione Moneta
Mechanitis sp.
Caligo Atreus
Caligo Memnun
Caligo Eurlochus
Caligo Illionius
Caligos (owl´s eye)
Phoebis  Philea
Morpho Peleides
Parides Arcas
Papilio Thoas
Siproeta Epaphus
Danaus Plexippus
Dione Juno
Opsiphanes Bogotanus