Ecological concern

eco friendly tours

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GRACIAS FOR THINKING GREEN, THANK YOU for your support to small businesses, local reserves, encouraging people to think ECO , Explore, Conserve and Observe ! SimBiosys (tourists and locals).

ECUADOR CLOUD FOREST

LITTLE THINGS MIGHT MAKE BIG DIFFERENCES. Ecological concern:

Please avoid to buy Insect Spray repellent buy an atomizer. The use of CFC (Chlorofluorocarbon) contributes to ozone depletion in the upper atmosphere.

When buying plastic bottle water of 500ml we contribute of use of too much plastic. Please try to buy bottles of 1 or 2 liters or bring your own water bottle to refill it, camelback, etc.

For night excursions please avoid using too many flush lights (share it) that requires batteries and it might contain mercury.

Avoid as much as possible the use of flush while taking bird photos. Please think about hummingbird´s job.

Avoid to visit hummingbird feeders with TOO many feeders of sugared water. These great birds forget their job of pollinating wild flowers. The concentration of too many visitors in one single place (in nature) might cause an ecological impact.

There are other places where they do also need your support. Visit them !

Our tours are exclusively environmental education. People in search of other interests that are not ecotourism, we strictly reject it.

OUR TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS SINCE 2013

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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

Mindo wildlife

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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