"mindo cloud forest day tours"

with Richard Hernandez licensed naturalist & bird guide

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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).

How our Mindo cloud forest tours are ?

Our tours are highly focus on different goals like, local support, eco concern, encouragement and sustainable tourism.

Is it for me ?

If you sincerely believe that this way of thinking is what you are looking for, welcome and thank you for joinin us.

How important is to hire a licensed tour guide ?

It is very important because the certified guide is able to: truthful and reliable information, safety first, professionalism. The tour guide has studied and prepared in constant training to renew his tourism license. If you want a safe and professional experience, buy a tour with a reputable agency with a professional tour guide.

Does the tour start from Quito ?

Yes it does. We pick you up from your hotel in Quito and drop you off in Quito as well.

Can I book a tour with Richard Hernandez ?

He is a bit demanded by some visitors. Let's see if Richard has availability.

If I like not crowded places, are you able to design a tour for me ?

Apart from our tour offers we can customize your tour.

How do I book a tour ?

by mindocloudforest@gmail.com

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Richard Hernandez:

Naturalist and bird guide. Discovering the cloud forest: birding, hiking, natural history, botanizing, frogging, adventure tours.
Additional studies: History and pre Columbian art of Ecuador
Availability: make a reservation in advance
Languages spoken: Spanish (his native) and English fluent
Experienced: near 20 years
Places visited: The Galapagos islands (almost all of the islands), Amazon and Highlands of Ecuador
E mail: mindocloudforest@gmail.com
Mobile/Whatsapp: 098 619 3500 / from abroad: (011-593-)98 619 3500


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, is located the hummingbird or quinde route. The Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve Tours is a 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.


Most "Mindo tours" start from Quito. In one day to visit Mindo cloud forest can be a full day. The town has some "mindo attractions" for tourists to keep them visit, while on the "2 days Mindo" tour you have plenty of time with not rush to enjoy and relax in such a nice and peaceful town at the skirts of the Andes mountains on the western slopes of Ecuador. If you are the kind of person who are looking for real pristine nature and relaxing for a day or better if you chose a couple of days join to one of the tours offered out of Mindo town in not touristy places


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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 September 23/2019

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

Just wild nature

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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