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Altitude: 2,400 meters (7,874 feet)
Population: 2,500
Phone Code: 02

Mindo is set in a breathtaking, massive cloud forest (including 47,444 acres of the nationally protected reserve, Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo) that is teeming with birds. Over 350 species have been identified in the areas around Mindo alone. Tubing is a popular activity on the low-level rapids, as well as quick trips to waterfalls - which are ideal for snapping photos, wading in the nearby pools and jumping into the icy waters just below the falls: a 10 m (33 ft) leap!

One of the most ecologically-aware towns in Ecuador, Mindo has recently seen a huge tourist boom. Weekends bring a stream of visitors, so make sure you have reservations! Holidays and long weekends will often find the road entering Mindo with bumper-to-bumper traffic. As a result, the town exists almost entirely on tourism. Many private homes will paint a sign "Hostal" and hang it on their fence, offering rooms for really decent prices.

A strong local government and an even stronger common awareness of ecology and environmental protection have so far saved Mindo from exploiting this tourist niche too far, and so much of the tourist activities here work to promote ecologically-aware activities.


Other places nearby Mindo: Muisne, Tonchigüe, Pedernales, Jama , Chamanga, Puerto Quito, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Santa Marianita, Same and Manta City.

29 Oct 2013

Top Hotels in Mindo

El Monte Sustainable Lodge

The most ecologically friendly hotel in this incredibly environmentally conscious town, El Monte is a comfortable, full-service lodge with spectacular views. It\'s set on a 44-hectare (109-ac) ...
Mindo, Ecuador

Tandayapa Bird Lodge

Tandayapa, the self-proclaimed \"ultimate birding destination,\" was built in 1999 on a pasture on the edge of the cloud forest outside of Mindo. The lodge has since planted over 30,000 trees to fill ...
Mindo, Ecuador

El Descanso

Located off the main drag (to the right if you are entering from the main access road), El Descanso is a little more expensive than its many hotel neighbors, but has clean, fresh rooms with hardwood ...
Mindo, Ecuador

Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve & Lodge

Bellavista is a private 700-hectare (1,730-ac) cloud forest reserve and lodge. A variety of clearly-marked trails take you through the forest to hidden canyons and spectacular viewpoints. The reserve ...
Mindo, Ecuador

El Rocio

127851Just a five-minute walk from the center of Mindo, El Rocio is a welcoming, creaky wooden hostel set among hummingbird-filled trees. The bedrooms on the first floor and the seven-bed dorm on the ...
Mindo, Ecuador

Biohostal Mindo Cloud Forest

Just 200 meters (656 ft) from the central park of Mindo, Biohostal offers an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. It has 10 spacious rooms with private bathrooms with hot water, and there is an ...
Mindo, Ecuador
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