Galatrails – Mapping your adventure



This small village , about three -or four hour drive west of Quito, is a popular destination for bird -watchers and nature lovers who want to see some Ecuador's western forest at reasonable cost.

6 to 7 hours
Total travel duration
$ 129
Daily departures
Available under request

Day tour to Mindo

Enjoy a day tour from Quito to indulge into nature and amazing scenery of this protected cloudforest which is located just 2 hours from the capital of Ecuador.
Mindo has a lot of options such as birdwatching, horseback riding and canopy just to name a few.

Description of the tour
Today you will be picked up from your hotel in Quito city and head out to the small village called Mindo famous for being one of the most important protected areas of butterflies from South America. which is located in the middle of the cloud forest at an approximate altitude of 1250 meters above sea level. The 19000 hectares of protected reserve are located approximately 2 hours from Quito.

Once you arrive to Mindo you have many options to explore and enjoy your time here. It is very popular destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers who want to see some of Ecuador’s western forest that also attract scientists, ornithologists, orchidiologist to see the wide variety of orchids species that inhabit the forest of the area some are unique in the world.

One of the activities this day includes is the famous “Mariposario” or butterfly-farm where you can learn about the evolutionary cycle of butterflies and observe the great variety that exists.

Or why not get more active and raise your adrenalin with rafting, canyoning or tubing just to name a few. You enjoy hiking? Your local guide can offer you as well some hiking options to appreciate the stunning nature and its waterfalls. Plenty of options await your for this exciting day trip.

Please note that our itineraries may change, due to weather conditions, traffic, and logistical matters, so the number of excursions and visits are limited, so not specific excursion can be guaranteed.

What to bring?
Lightweight and warm clothing, sunscreen, camera and good walking shoes.

Altitude sickness
Please consider that this tour reaches high altitude and depending on your age, gender, fitness and health condition you might suffer from altitude sickness. Please check with your doctor before traveling.