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Mindo bird spots

Mindo Nambillo Protected Forest altitude: 1,300 to 2,300 meters, Maquipucuna Biological Reserve at 1,000 - 2,500 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: 1,100 meters.



Yumbo ethnic group in Mindo

After the eruption of Pichincha volcano 1644 is believed that they run away toward north and joined to other groups there like Tzachila and Chicha.




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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.


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 and only on tropical areas most 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, 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: 1,100 meters.




The name Mindo comes from a pre-Columbian language from the word mindala term 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.




In 1800 people from Esmeraldas, Carchi, Colombia came to Haciendas of Mindo area. Later came some Austrians and stayed short time.
Found in May 20 1861, with 5,000 inhabitants, temperature from 18º to 24 ºC.

Mindo weather: rainy season from December through May and dry season from June through November.
In 1980 friends of Mindo
In 1988 Mindo Nambillo Protected forest with 22,000 hectares.
In 1990 came some from Loja
Mindo is located in straight line 17 kilometers from Guagua Pichincha volcano.
In 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Christmas bird world counting organized since many years ago by Audubon Society from the US.




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 confortable lodges 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 $6 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 Chocolate please 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.


Butterflies species in Mindo butterfly breeding farm

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