Is a small town surrounded by dairy farms and lush cloud forest climbing the western slopes of Pichincha. Some 19,200 ha, ranging in altitude from 1,400 to 4,780 mts have been set aside as a nature reserve, Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo.
The reserve features spectacular flora and fauna, beautiful cloud forest and many waterfalls. A total of 350 species of birds have been identified here. It is a birdwatchers paradise and one of the best places in the country to see Cock-of-the-rock
, Golden-headed Quetzal
. To contact Mindo’s best bird guide, Vinicio Perez, for more information about his famous tours write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindo is also known as well for its guayaba orchards.
Amigos de la naturaleza de Mindo
runs the Centro de Educaciòn Ambiental (CEA), 4 km from the town, within the 17 ha buffer zone at the edge of the reserve, with capacity for 25-30 people. Lodgin and food are avaliable. There is also a research station for the exclusive use of scientists. There are well maintained trails around the CEA.