Things to do in Mindo: Tubing
Some days ago we published the blog post about a butterfly farm, one of the top things you can do when you are in Mindo.
The fact is, that we had been in isolation for over 5 months, and now some places are ready to operate during the pandemic, complying with bio-security measures.
Mindo is located in the Chocó Andino area, and is part of the cloud forest of Ecuador. This is an area which due to its location has high humidity and lush vegetation. This is one of the favorite getaways for people from Quito and it is best to avoid the area during public holidays as it tends to be rather crowded.
In less than 2 hours you can get from Quito to Mindo, which is known worldwide as one of the top places for birdwatching in the world. With over 500 bird species spotted in the area, Mindo holds the annual record for bird species counted in a 24-hour period.
Now, there are several fun activities available in Mindo for those in search of adventure, one of them is tubing.
When you go tubing you can be going down rapids surrounded by the amazing lush vegetation in the cloud forest.
The fact is that rivers in Mindo are not deep enough for rafting, but at the same time they are strong which makes them ideal for tubing.
What is tubing?
Tubing is a way to navigate through rapids on top of a raft made from several inner tubes tied together.
The video is made during 2 different visits to Mindo, some of the shots are taken before the pandemic and the others are recent.
How to get to Mindo
Book a tour:
We can help you book a tour beforehand with an excellent tour operator we know. Let us know to help you get the best options for your needs.
This is the map you can follow directly to Mariposas de Mindo
In order to get to Mindo, you need to go to Ofelia station north of Quito. You can reach the station by taking the Metrobus (blue line).
The journey from Quito to Mindo takes about 2h-2h30 and costs 3.1$ per person.
Where to stay
If your main focus is to enjoy birdwatching: Casa Divina
If you want to have a close encounter with hummingbirds: Sachatamia
If your priority is to relax and enjoy nature: Hosteria Terrabambu
What to bring
In case of rain, it is recommended to bring a waterproof jacket or poncho.
Bring good walking shoes, as not all the trails are flat.
Most importantly, make sure to bring insect repellent and sunblock.
And if you love taking pictures or making videos, bring a waterproof case for your smartphone or your go pro/ Sony cam with battery.
This is one of the best activities for all who love nature, for those searching for adventure as well as for those who love nature.
Our advice is to always book your tour ahead of time with people qualified, as some tubing routes can be dangerous.
PS: We will be happy to help you plan and book your tours and accommodation, just send us an email.
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