Mindo is a small village in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. It’s a true paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers. It has lots of fun activities for all kinds of travelers, and some great hiking routes to enjoy the surrounding cloud- forest. Here are the top things to do in Mindo:
1. Visit the butterfly farm
In the butterfly farm you can observe the four-stage life cycle while enjoying the presence of many beautiful colorful butterflies. It’s a little paradise, walking around and seeing hundreds of different species of native butterflies everywhere.
2. Enjoy a great zip lining ride
Go for the canopy adventure! You will be amazed by the breathtaking views both from the ground and from the air as you will fly over the scenery below. Great guides, good equipment, and fun activity full of adrenaline!
3. Wake up early and go on a bird watching tour
Mindo is a perfect place for bird watching. The surrounding forest has more than 450 species of birds, including many types of hummingbirds, toucans, and others. Very recommended!
4. Take a ride on the Tarabita and hike to a stunning waterfall
Take the Tarabita (cable car) ride into the hills above Mindo. Once you reach the other side of the Tarabita you will have the opportunity to do some trekking to see the waterfalls around. Go on a short hike in the beautiful forest and enjoy the stunning waterfalls.
5. Chocolate factory tour
If you like chocolate then you have to visit the Chocolate factory. You will be shown how chocolate is being made and the most exciting part is tasting the different flavors of chocolate. Yummi!
6.Take a thrilling tubing trip down river
Go on a heart-pumping experience: tubing ride! Basically it’s several tubes tied together to act as a raft down the river. The rapids are fast, and you will be in and out of the water on a wild ride. A guide will follow the tubes to help and get the raft past the rocks and hanging branches.