Wilson E5-29, Juan Leon Mera, De Octubre y Colon 9, , Chile E1-17 and Montufar La Marin, , Eloy Alfaro 33-33 y calle Jose Correa, Atrás estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Guayaquil, Centro Historico, De Octubre 1820 Ave. & Luis Cordero Street 12, La Floresta Zone, Luis Cordero E9-82 & Av. 6 De Diciembre, , Tamayo N23-95 y Wilson, San Ingnacio N27 50, Av. Gonzalez Suarez, Calle Los Rios N13-134 y Pasaje Ascencio Gandara, , Cordero E 4-375, and Av. Amazonas, corner, Diego de Almagro N 24-416, , Quito, Quito, Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
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Stop At: Alambi Reserve, Quito, Ecuador
Alambi is a family home-style guesthouse set in 250 hectares (625 acres) of mostly primary cloud forest at the foot of the Tandayapa Valley, famed among world birders.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, Mindo Ecuador
Mindo, Ecuador is set in a valley surrounded by the Andes Mountains. The rivers and elevation combine to create a lush cloud forest more than 100 square miles in size. The landscape and climate in Mindo are ideal for the more than 450 different types of birds, numerous species of exotic butterflies, and a variety of animals and reptiles who call the cloud forest home.
Duration: 3 hours
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
Bird watching tour: Please send us a request for early departure in a private tour with minimun two passengers.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Most travelers can participate.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Face masks provided for travelers.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
The trip was great, it covered many places in Mindo and had good options for extra activities. We paid extra for a family bicycle activity and a chocolate factory tour. The guide and driver were very friendly and helpful. The paid extra attention and care to our young children.
We were supposed to be picked from our hotel at 8:00. We tried calling the tour company, but their phone only had a message saying they did not accept messages. A driver, not our guide, finally showed at 8:30. We then proceeded to pick up the third member of our tour at a different hotel. The person was not registered at this other hotel, so the driver drove the two us to meet our guide at the outskirts of Quito. Once we met our guide, he informed us we had to drive back into Quito, since our missing group member was waiting at another hotel. We finally picked her up at 10:15. She showed me emails from the tour company confirming her hotel pickup. I estimate the late driver and mix up with pickup cost us 3 hours.
The guide put us in phone contact with the tour company manager, who promised free admissions and lunch us compensation. Neither promise was completely kept. A very low maximum was placed on lunch,we were informed after eating we owed an extra 10. We also were required to pay admission to a tour of a chocolate company. Much of this situation could have been rectified if the tour company answered their phone before 9:00am.
We finally arrived back at our hotel at 8:15pm. I wonder what we didnt get to see? The very minuscule compensation did not even come close to what should have been offered.
I would never use this tour company again.
The Mindo Cloud Forest day trip was a really fun day. We were able to focus on our interests -- hummingbirds, butterflies, and hike in the cloud forest. All parts were great! Our guide Diego was informative and personable. Definitely a worthwhile trip from Quito if you are there for a few days. Nice to get out of the city and see some of the countryside of Ecuador. A must do!
I felt like it was rushed, we were suppose to do all the over falls but only did one. We were suppose to pick what ever activity we wanted, but only one was allowed. We were suppose to go the the middle of the earth, the tour giluide didn’t want to until we all complained. We went to the middle of the earth and didn’t even go in, and the time was rushed. We made all these random stops to buy more stuff, which nobody wanted to do. Our tour guide and driver were really nice. But the whole experience wasn’t what was in the description. When we went to the middle of the earth, we took some pics from the outside and then left, thought there would be more explanation about everything, I saw online all these cool things that they do, like if you lift both arms, you can feel different weight or wind. Nothing like that was done. And all my pics are of me standing by the entrance by the guards. Description was not what we got.
Just a 2 hour drive out of Quito, this trip is well worth the effort. Our day in Mindo included zip lining and a visit to a butterfly garden, a hummingbird garden and a chocolate producing site. The drive to Mindo itself is stunning as the road snakes through the forest. Anna-Maria our guide was fab.
Guide was very nice and personable, and van was comfortable. But that's the end of the positives. I booked late the day before, and was told the 95/pp was all that was available. Agreed, paid for it, and gave them the place we were staying in North Quito for pick-up. Got an email late Friday night saying it would cost an additional 20/pp for the pick-up. Since there was no cancellation possible I had to pay it.
On the tour, we stopped at the middle of the world monument Which is part of the 95 tour... for 5 minutes. The guide said it wasn't part of this tour. We stopped for 10 minutes at the hummingbird place The admission price was the only fee included, then onto Mindo. They dropped us and another guest off for zip lining a lot of fun, but it was a separate charge at lunch time, so we had to wait. They picked us up afterwards and we stopped for lunch. Then 15 minutes of walking around Mindo before leaving. That was it. HUGELY overpriced 220 for 100 worth of Uber, and I really didn't appreciate the extortion on the additional charge. I would recommend avoiding Viator AT ALL COSTS!!!!
The Cloud Forest is beautiful from the hummingbirds to tasting organic rainforest coffee and street food - on the way there to a hike to a waterfall and gondola ride over the rainforest to an Ecuadorian lunch and tour of the cacao farm. Brownies so yummy! The guide was informative and fun!
PIck up and drop off was great. Drive was good and views were great. The stop at the hummingbird sanctu8ary was great. The hike down the forest was exhausting. The rest was just ok. The description of tour said it included the Middle of the World, but the guide did not mention going there. When I asked, he said we could stop, but only for a picture. We did not get to go inside or really see anything. Disappointed in that. We had to go back later by taxi to see the Middle of the World. The Middle of the World was the best part and they left it out of the Tour. Very disappointed. My advice, take a taxi to Middle of the World for 45 round trip and spend 4 - 5 hours there. Skip the tour.
This tour was wonderful! Diego, our guide, was very knowledgeable and made the day wonderful. The open top cable car across the river was one of my favorite things!! We saw hummingbirds, butterflies, orchids, and did a chocolate tour. The landscape in this area of Ecuador is beautiful and this was our favorite tour while we were in Quito. Just two notes. First, the tour details state you stop at the Middle of the World complex, but that is not true. We drove by it, but did not stop. It should be removed from the description. Another person on the tour made the same comment. Second, things were presented to us as though we could choose what to do and that we didn't all have to do the same activities. We each made choices and said what we wanted to do while in Mindo. Then we ended up having to wait for others and we could not do different things from each other. We were still able to complete everything we wanted to do, but had some down time waiting for a few who wanted to do a hike. All in all, it's a great trip!
avoid the butterfly farm. Spent 150 on food and chocolate at the chocolate factory and still had to pay 10 for the tour. Doesn't make sense.
Wir hatten einen wundervollen Tag in Mindo. Natürlich lag es auch an den Mitreisenden sowie dem tollen Führer. Hat alles wunderbar geklappt, auch die Abholung im Hotel war pünktlich. Individuelle Wünsche wurden berücksichtigt. Wir können den Trip nur empfehlen.
Daniel was a phenomenal tour guide! We had a great time on this day trip to Mindo Cloud Forest. We were given tons of options for activities-- the hummingbird garden, chocolate tour, and zipline were my favorite parts. Mindo is beautiful and I would highly recommend this tour!
I had a great time on this tour, I was in a group of five with a tour guide who spoke good English. We had various choices of activities in Mindo, so I went on a tour of an artisanal chocolate factory with one other member of the group while the others went ziplining, then we all met up to go for a hike down to a waterfall and back up- I had to go a bit slowly as I'm pretty unfit, but it was well within my capabilities. The chocolate factory tour was great, really interesting and of course great to taste all the chocolate afterwards! The trip from Quito to Mindo and back was great, with stunning scenery and a very knowledgeable tour guide. We stopped at the Mitad del Mundo, but sadly as it was January 1st it wasn't open. We also stopped at a Hummingbird Garden en route to Mindo, which was fantastic, really overwhelming. I was very pleased to find a tour running on the 1st Jan, as I was only in Quito a couple of days. I would definitely recommend this as a day trip- the great thing is that there are various options for activities, so if you're a bit more or a bit less adventurous, there'll be something for you. It was clearly stated in the information page, and the guide also highlighted this, but worth budgeting for two or three activities, some of which cost a bit more than others, which you pay for when you're there. I managed to spend about 30 on presents in the chocolate factory shop too! Well worth it though, that's my presents sorted! Great day out, would recommend.
This would be a nice place to spend more time. Book a bird watcher locally. Bring water clothes if you are choosing canyoning or tubing.
This is a massively expensive tour for what is essentially just a van ride to/from Mindo. You have to pay extra for 90 of the activities at the destination including lunch, each of which has their own guide, so it isn't worth it. You'd save a ton of money by negotiating with a taxi driver to take you there for the day, especially if there are 2 or 3 of you.
Not that our guide was bad, he was great, it just isn't worth the cost.
The location itself is gorgeous, and the tour options are great, there are just better/cheaper ways of doing it.
Freddie was our guide and he was super and very knowledgeable. It was great because we could cater the trip to whatever we wanted to do that day. He steered us into activities that we enjoyed. I would definitely take a trip with Freddie again.
The guide was really friendly, knowledgeable and spoke great English. However, the hike to the waterfall was disappointing, and the tour of the chocolate factory was overpriced for what it was particularly as we then felt forced to eat there. The hummingbirds and canopying were both really good.
Our guide /driver was excellent. Very flexible and accomodating
This was an amazing way to spend the day in Quito! Francisco was our tour guide and he was amazing! He as very knowledgable and took us to see humming birds then we hiked through the rain forest to an amazing waterfall. We had our family of 8 and everyone had a fantastic time! Highly recommended
Great trip and a very good tour guide. I would highly recommend this day trip.
If you want to see countryside and a nature park, then this trip is okay. Unfortunately, it was a rainy day but we all made best of it. Driver was at hotel on schedule. We did pickup our guide enroute to the rain forest. There we got more information about tour. Wish we could have stopped at the other Equatorial facility. Major attraction was a hike to see partial view of waterfall. Tour personnel were informative about flora and fauna we encountered. Was taken to restaurant and chocolate factory. Meal was not included in tour, but food was good. Lot of pressure to pay and see the chocolate being made and purchase a product. Butterfly farm and hummingbirds were tranquil, but no different than any others.
The trip to the museum at the Equator was very fun! There are a lot of options for things to do in the cloud forest. It was raining a bit, but we enjoyed the hike to the waterfall and the tour of the chocolate factory. We were traveling on New Years Eve, and on our way back into Quito our guide took us to the busiest road in Quito to participate in some of the New Years Eve traditions. He went out of his way to show us this experience. I would recommend this day trip for anyone wanting to see the Equator museum and the different landscape in the cloud forest.
Diego our tour guide was excellent!
Full of knowledge, eager to answer any questions, helpful and patient!
The drive to the cloud forest is long from Quito.
When we arrived we first stopped at the Butterfly Farm- Wow! So many beautiful butterflies!
Then off to the Cloud Forest hike. They said that there were falls at the end of of 75 minute hike.
We found out that you would have to climb down on ropes to see the falls. We opted not to do it as it had been raining and the trails were a bit slippery already.
Unfortunately, the culmination of the hike ends up in an area that has been visited by many. Trash was on the ground, and the facilities had bricks, pipes and other construction junk laying about.
Ecuador should be ashamed and clean it up!
Visit to the chocolate factory and tour Handmade Chocolate start to finish was amazing and delicious.
Then to the Orchid Garden which was very close to the Chocolate Factory.
Hugo , the owner guided us around the full Garden, pointing out so many different and beautiful Orchids for us to see. He held a magnifying glass for us to see all of the tiny details and to take pictures.
Hummingbirds of different types swarmed the area feeding on the feeders located within the garden.
We returned to Quito late in the afternoon after a very nice day.
Diego was absolutely incredible throughout the day, was a very safe driver, and took very good care of us. He is an expert guide, and pointed out animals everywhere throughout the day.
Thank you to Diego, for a memorable day in Ecuador!
Our guide was fantastic.