Top 5 Things to do in Mindo Ecuador

Top 5 Things to do in Mindo Ecuador

Top 5 Things to do in Mindo Ecuador

Nestled in the middle of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest, Mindo is a small town offering a wealth of activities to its visitors.

From adrenaline-filled activities to birdwatching, there are many reasons that have made Mindo one of the most sought-after destinations near Quito.

Over the years we have visited the town of Mindo, and each time we end up discovering something new and exciting to do. If not, it is a great place to relax, disconnect from daily routine and enjoy some fresh air. 

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Which activities made it to the top Things to do in Mindo Ecuador by Visit Ecuador and South America?

Coffee Tour Mindo

Coffee Tour

Learn about the origins of coffee and enjoy a warm cup of coffee.
Birdwatching Mindo (1)


Mindo’s location makes it a great place for nature lovers, and a hotspot for birding
tubing in mindo


There are several fun activities available in Mindo for those in search of adventure, one of them is tubing.
butterfly farm mindo (2)

Visit a butterfly farm

One of the top activities for nature lovers is visiting a butterfly farm.
Mindo Chocolate tour (2)

Chocolate tour

A tour that allows its visitors to go on a journey through the history of chocolate making.

How to get to Mindo

Book a tour:

You can book an organized tour, we recommend this full day guided tour. 

By car:

From Quito, you pass the park with the Equator monument, Mitad del Mundo, continuing on the main road to Esmeraldas for about 70 km. The exit to Mindo is on the left and is clearly marked by signs. You can also book a car with driver to take you all the way.

By bus 

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.


reasons to visit the Choco Andino. 

Where to stay

Hosteria Terrabambu Lodge: this is an amazing place to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings in Mindo. We share our experience during our stay.

Casa Divina Lodge is the place to stay to enjoy biodiversity and birdwatching in Mindo at its best. Read all about this magical place.


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 GoPro/Sony Action cam with a battery.


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We have created a list of the top 5 things to do in Mindo, so you can explore this small town where two of the most biologically diverse ecoregions in the world meet: the Chocoan lowlands and the Tropical Andes.

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