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"Remanso lodge - Hotel near Mindo"

"Ecological concern" why bird feeders ? is it birdwatching ? show your skills, do birding but not in bird feeders.

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"Quito airport pick up/drop off"

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FERIA DE AVES DE SUDAMÉRICA Observando aves por todo el continente
La Feria de Aves de Sudamérica es la más importante en su género del continente, y se realiza cada año en un país diferente. La Feria es un encuentro con muchas dimensiones que incluye pajareo (en diversos ecosistemas según el país sede), talleres y workshops con especialistas de todo el mundo, stands (con óptica, equipos, libros y guías, ong, arte, etc), charlas, foros y simposios, y muchas actividades de intercambio y crecimiento en esta actividad que crece en todo el continente.

SOUTH AMERICAN BIRD FAIR Watching birds all over the continent
The Bird Fair of South America is the most important of its kind in the continent, and is held every year in a different country. The Fair is a meeting with many dimensions that includes birding (in various ecosystems depending on the host country), workshops and workshops with specialists from around the world, stands (with optics, equipment, books and guides, NGOs, art, etc.), talks , forums and symposiums, and many exchange and growth activities in this activity that grows throughout the continent.


Pedro Vicente Maldonado in Ecuador, South America, located in the northwest of Pichincha. A county with 12,924 inhabitants. It does present a humid warm climate, without registering major temperature changes, with an average of 16 ° C and relative variations in the months of February, March, April and May, registering averages greater than 25 ° C, which coincide with the winter season. The humidity varies between 84.5% and 87.5% with an average cloudiness of 8/8 in a completely overcast sky, and its annual rainfall varies between 3,300 and 3,800 mm with an evaporation between 890 and 1,100 mm. Altitude of 620 meters above sea level.
Pedro Vicente Maldonado is characteristic as a Sub-Tropical region.
The county corresponds to 656.50 square kilometers. They integrate more than 30 villages and populated centers distributed throughout the area belonging to the county. Among the most important villages we do have: Simón Bolívar, 10 de Agosto, Álvaro Pérez, San Vicente de Andoas, San Juan de Puerto Quito, Nueva Aurora, Paraiso Alto, Paraiso Bajo, La Célica, el Cisne, Pachijal, 15 de Mayo, Los Laureles, Brisas del Guayllabamba, Salcedo Lindo, Konrad Adenauer, Barrio Lindo, Monte Olivo, among others.

On September 29, 1972 "The county of San Miguel de los Bancos" became independent from the former "Mindo" Parish, and Pedro Vicente Maldonado was legally established. The colonization of area took place in the year 1950, by a group of citizens, who arrived to San Miguel de Los Bancos.

The ancient population disappeared due to volcanic eruptions not only by Pichincha volcanoe but also from Pululahua volcanoe. Later in the year 400, 500 A.D. there was a second settlement that corresponded to the Yumbos.

Among the most important rivers are: Guayllabamba, Caoní, San Dimas, Jordán, Pitzará, Pachijal, Guadalupe, Sábalo. Silanchi, Cristal, Achiote, among others.

How to get there to Pedro Vicente Maldonado?
By public transport: from Ofelia terminal take cooperatives like San Pedrito, Aloag, Kennedy.


From Quito to Pedro Vicente Maldonado are 130km, you can visit here on a day trip or stay overnight at one of the several comfortable cloud forest lodges 25 minutes drive out of Mindo is "Remanso lodge and hotel" in the county of Pedro Vicente Maldonado.

What to do in Pedro Vicente Maldonado? and where to go in Pedro Vicente Maldonado?

Among the main tourist attractions are Nature, Cultural and Adventure Tourism.

In addition to"birdwatching", Pedro Vicente Maldonado has 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.

Livestock Expo feria (Expoferia Ganadera) is held on August 3rd and 4th of every year here in Pedro Vicente Maldonado.

Cascada del salto del tigre . The view of this waterfall is one of the most impressive, given by the union of the crystal, clear and clean waters of the SAN DIMAS RIVER, with the bellicose, dark and sparkling waters of the Guayllabamba River, without a doubt, it is one of the best attractions of the Northwest.

Casacada rio Achiotillo On its way it forms a fantastic waterfall approximately 6 meters high by 12 meters wide.

Cascadas verdes takes us to two waterfalls, formed by two streams that come from nearby rivers, to reach the first 6 meters high, you walk approximately 10 minutes, and then the second of 12 meters.

Cascada del Tatala it is one of the highest waterfalls in the Northwest of Pichincha, it has an approximate height of 100 m. and 7 m. wide, its wonderful landscape is impressive, you can see a large number of swallows sitting on the rocks, it is surrounded by fauna and flora native to the area.

Pachijal river, an exotic wildlife along, sports such as rafting and sport fishing are practiced. From Quito, by the Calacali -La Independencia road, by the Km. 104, San Juan de Puerto Quito, right bank, where there is a 4m wide road, in regular conditions for all types of vehicles and at a distance of 13 km.

Rio Naranjal attraction located in the Naranjito enclosure, small fast rapido alternated with swimming pools amidst the fauna and flora of the sector. The community of the Naranjito site works in community tourism. It has primary forest, and abundant flora and fauna.

Ecological Reserve. The Municipality of Pedro Vicente Maldonado, through the city Council, decided to declare as an Ecological Reserve Zone the property of Mr. Vicente Quiroz, on February 10, 2006, located at Km. 106 of the Calacali Road - La Independencia with a extension of 50 hectares. In this reserve we find a waterfall formed by the Maldonado River tributary of the Caoní River, it has an approximate height of 6 meters.

Balneario (public baths) rio Caoni. The characteristics that this river has are several, has a width of 20 meters, in some sectors its course is fast and busy, in the city of Pedro Vicente Maldonado just 5 minutes by car and 20 minutes walking. Natural pools that the river has formed.

Balneario (public baths) Los Canelos. here we can find natural pools where young and old can enjoy a cozy and energetic bath; and at the same time of a beautiful panorama. Located in the Celica village, just 30 minutes from Pedro Vicente Maldonado.

Balneario (public baths) Los Helechos. we find tilapia fish hatcheries, where we can taste an exquisite roasted tilapia, traditional dish of this area, in addition to enjoying a lush landscape 48 and a natural pool formed by the Caoní river.


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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

Just nature tour

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Most seen in the area - from 300m/984ft up to 700m/2296ft.

White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)
White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres Aquila)
Bronzy Hermit (Glaucis aeneus)
Band-tailed Barbthroat (Threnetes ruckeri)
White-whiskered Hermit (Phaethornis yaruqui)
Stripe-throated Hermit (Phaethornis striigularis)
Tooth-billed Hummingbird (Androdon aequatorialis)
Purple-crowned Fairy (Heliothryx barroti)
Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii) Some consider this Black-throated Mango
Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)
Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris)
Little Woodstar (Chaetocercus bombus) Tumbesian endemic, vulnerable
Esmeraldas Woodstar (Chaetocercus berlepschi) Ecuador endemic, endangered
Purple-throated Woodstar (Calliphlox mitchellii) Chocó endemic
Crowned (Green-crowned) Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica)
Blue-chested Hummingbird (Amazilia amabilis)
Purple-chested Hummingbird (Amazilia rosenbergi) Chocó endemic
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)
Violet-bellied Hummingbird (Damophila julie)