Mindo - Ecuadorian Cloud Forest - The Viking Abroad
Mindo is in the cloud forest in Ecuador. It is only two hours from Quito. Mindo is known for its Butterflies, hummingbirds, and green landscape .
Mindo cloud forest
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Mindo – Ecuadorian Cloud Forest

12 Dec Mindo – Ecuadorian Cloud Forest

Mindo is in the cloud forest in Ecuador. It is only two hours from Quito. Mindo is known for its Butterflies, hummingbirds, and lush landscape . You can visit the butterfly reserve where you can feed the butterflies. If you are lucky, you can see the hatching. The reserve is called Mariposas De Mindo.


Mindo is also known for its waterfalls, they are called Nambilla Cascadas. There are two different routes you can choose from; one big waterfall or many smaller ones. Bring your swimsuit you can swim inside the waterfalls!

If you love chocolate I recommend taking the chocolate tour at Elquetzal De Mindo. Other things you can do is canopy, frog concert, orchid tour and river rafting. Since it is a cloud forest it will most likely be foggy or even rainy. Bring rain boots, rain jacket, swimsuit and mosquito repellent.

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How to get around 

Many hotels and hotels have trusted taxis or drivers that are really cheap. You can also rent bikes you will find those in central Mindo.

If you have more time I recommend to take a short trip further west to a place called  Mirador Del Rio Blanco in Los Bancos, where you can have lunch or dinner with a beautiful view of the river. It is also a hotel. You can also take this latter to get the best view. See picture below.

Mirador Rio Blanco, Ecuador - The Viking Abroad

Where to stay in Mindo 
Hostel: La Casa De Cecilia, Casa De Piedra or Biohostal Mindo Cloud Forest.
Hotel:Mindo Lago  or  ElQuetzal Hotel

Recommended stay is 1-2 days.


Mindo Lago

To celebrate the anniversary with my boyfriend, we went to the resort in Mindo called Mindo Lago. It is placed 10 minutes by foot before central Mindo. It is a lovely resort with private cabins. Mindo Lago is a perfect resort for couples and it is affordable.  At 6:30 pm you can experience The Frog Concert around the resort, where you walk with a guide looking for frogs and other bugs. And you will of course hear their concert ;D


If you are lucky you might also see a snake 😀

After the Frog Concert, we ate dinner on a “boat” in the middle of the lake at the resort. Truly magical. If you want to do this, make sure to book it at the same as you book the room or check in.


It was definitely one of the best places I have stayed. Very peaceful in a natural environment. The resort is build in an ecological way and the frogs came there naturally.


How to get to Mindo

By car: I recommend using the Waze App by typing in Mindo, Pichincha and drive towards Mitad del Mundo and continue west towards Nanegalito.
Bus: To take the bus to Mindo from Quito, you have to get to the bus station north of the city called La Ofelia. The bus stop is farther in the station and you need to buy a ticket before you go on.


Tip: You SHOULD bring bug repellent and use it over your body at least two times a day. There are a lot of bugs around Mindo and be aware there are also spiders around, but they are not dangerous.

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  • Marissa
    Posted at 13:17h, 28 December Reply

    It would be so cool to stay in the cloud forest! The view from Mirador del Rio Blanco looks incredible. Thanks also for the review of your hotel, sounds like you had a wonderful stay!

  • Hang Around The World
    Posted at 16:26h, 28 December Reply

    Mindo Lago is so fabulous, just like an hidden gem. We’d like to visit it especially for its flora and fauna! You have really inspired us, thanks 🙂

  • Sarah
    Posted at 18:32h, 28 December Reply

    This place looks beautiful!! Thanks for the info!!

    Posted at 18:52h, 28 December Reply

    Would love to visit this place in the future. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 21:07h, 28 December Reply

    What a gorgeous place! Mindo looks like somewhere out of a dream. I’d love to relax at that resort for a few days before heading out to explore the surrounding forest!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 21:59h, 28 December Reply

      It really is. Also a great place to relax 🙂

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 01:11h, 29 December Reply

    What a gorgeous place! Thanks for sharing about it!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:44h, 29 December Reply

      it is 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

  • Harsh Gupta
    Posted at 04:38h, 29 December Reply

    Would love to stay in such a breathtakingly beautiful jungle resort. But I would not like to have encounters with the snakes 😀 Nonetheless, Mindo is fantastic.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:43h, 29 December Reply

      haha don’t let the snakes stop you 😀 i haven’t seen one yet ;D They are not deadly btw ;D

  • PETA
    Posted at 09:33h, 29 December Reply

    I have just added this beautiful place to my wish list.. thanks

  • alice
    Posted at 06:44h, 30 December Reply

    The resort near the lake is gorgeous, and have dinner on a boat probably was a great experience, with the view, the frogs and the sound of nature. But the best for me is the butterflies natural reserve, that could make by itself my journey!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:46h, 30 December Reply

      You should check it out 🙂 Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • Slagjana
    Posted at 07:36h, 30 December Reply

    This looks like a perfect place for connecting with the nature! Looks amazing. 🙂

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:46h, 30 December Reply

      It really is 🙂 Thank you for commenting 🙂

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