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Birdwartching in Mindo, Ecuador

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Birdwartching in Mindo, Ecuador

If you love birds and photography then you must visit Mindo in Ecuador. This cloud forest located 90 minutes from Quito is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

It is an ideal location to visit whether you are planning to have a day trip together with friends or a relaxing weekend together with the family. Other activities to enjoy in Mindo are: tubing, the butterfly garden, bicycle riding, rafting and visit to waterfalls.

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Whether you are planning to have a day trip together with friends or a relaxing weekend with the family off the beaten track, my personal favourite is Sachatamia Lodge, a private ecological reserve in an area of 120 ha. of lush cloud rainforest before arriving to the town of Mindo.

I am always amazed by the wide variety of bird species, the beauty of their colors and the possibility to get a close encounter. Let the beauty that mother nature has put together in this special place inspire you!

How to get there

– Rent a car if you would like to go at your own tempo, taking pictures and enjoying the landscape. It takes about 2 hours to get there.
– You can book a day tour with a tour operator, it is a full day tour which would include other activities besides birdwatching.
– The most low budget option is of course to take a local bus that will bring you directly to the middle of the town of Mindo.

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When to go

Best season to visit goes from November to June, when they return from the mountains from their mating season.

Where to stay

We have 3 suggestions on places to stay in Mindo, places where we have spent the night and have loved.

  1. We followed the recommendation a friend gave us and decided to visit Sachatamia Lodge, located on 77km via Quito before you take the road to the town of Mindo.  This is an ideal place to enjoy peaceful surroundings, admire an area full of biodiversity and the main attraction would be of course birdwatching. There are hundreds of birds to be found here, and we were lucky enough to spend there some hours and enjoy dozens of different kinds of hummingbirds flying right in front or next to us! It is the perfect place to spend the night and wake up surrounded by nature!
  2. When it comes to considering accommodation that provides a close encounter with the amazing flora & fauna of the pristine cloud-forest in Mindo, my personal favourite is Casa Divina Lodge. A family run business actively working towards more sustainable practices, offering a relaxing, family friendly and comfortable accommodation.
  3. Imagine soaking in the equatorial sunshine, birds chirping while venturing to the pool area while you lay in a bench by the pool. This is what Terrabambu provides its guests.

    To book your stay, visit: Terrabambu Mindo

Over 100 species of hummingbirds can be spotted in Mindo,  Enjoy a short video here: Sachatamia, Mindo

 

 

Other activities in Mindo:

– Tubing

– Butterfly garden

– Bicycle riding

– Rafting

– Visit the waterfalls

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If you want more in-depth information and also a guide that you can bring along during your trip, I recommend the travel guide Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands.

 

This is a great source of information and tips, maps and all you need if you plan on visiting Ecuador. I personally like the option of having a hard copy version where I can take notes and have at hand.

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