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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands: Mindo and the cloud forest

Although only a couple of hours’ drive from Quito, the warm cloud forest-smothered slopes of the pre-Andean foothills, sloping down to the Amazon basin, are a world away from the busy capital. Its accessibility, the wealth of exuberant flora and fauna and the scope for adventure activities mean that the region around the little town of Mindo, 1,300m, is becoming increasingly popular as a leisure destination for local people and visitors alike. Reserves are being established to protect the biodiversity: the 450 species of tropical birds, the plethora of butterflies and the delicate orchids. The many waterfalls and hiking trails add to the attraction.

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Things to do in Mindo and the cloud forest

Cloud forest

Explore the Mindo cloud forest

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The Mindo area is becoming popular with cyclists. Besides being beautiful and unspoilt considering its proximity to Quito, it offers some little used and very scenic dirt roads which are safe for biking. It’s an ideal option if you only have a short window of time. I loved it. The ride ends at a particularly lovely jungle retreat just outside Mindo. A night is sufficient if you are seeking a brief but enjoyable jungle experience with an original, active angle but I recommend staying longer.


David Nichols

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