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