To hike between the waterfalls outside Mindo is a lovely thing to do when you visit Mindo. The waterfalls are situated inside Bosque Protector Mindo–Nambillo and the area with the waterfalls is called Santuario de Cascadas. To come here I walked from Mindo and it took almost an hour. Then you have to take the tarabita (cable car) over the river...more
Cascada Nambillo is the most visited of the waterfalls and also the waterfall closest to the tarabita. To come here you shall take the path to the left from the tarabita. The path goes downhill through the lush forest to the river and it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk here. Cascada Nambillo is around 15 metres high and in the pools below the...more
El Quetzal is a restaurant and hotel (they have got three rooms) just north of the central square in Mindo. El Quetzal also makes their own chocolate and every day there are Chocolate tours at 16.00. When I visited the price was $5 (July 2012) and the tour took 45 minutes. The tour was led by an American woman doing an internship at El Quetzal. We...more
Mariposas de Mindo is a butterfly farm situated outside Mindo. To walk there took me around 30 minutes. At the butterfly farm you will see all four stages in the life cycle of a butterfly; the eggs, caterpillars, pupae and butterflies. When you arrive you will get a short explanation, in Spanish or English, before you start to walk around alone....more
Above Mindo there are some hiking trails starting at the Yellow House (Casa Amarilla). From the central square it only takes a few minutes to walk up to the starting point. Before you enter the trails you have to pay an admission of $6 (July 2012), quite a lot I think, especially for Ecuador. When you pay you will get a simple map over the trails....more
Armonia Orchid Garden is a lovely little garden to visit. In the garden they have around 200 species of native orchids. They were of course not in bloom all of them when I visited. I actually think it wasn’t high season for orchids because the previous year I had visited Santa Lucia Cloud Forest (which is situated in the same area as Mindo) around...more
For about $5, you can spend about an hour gliding through the trees in the forests outside of Mindo. You will be provided with all the necessary gear. The longest circuit contains about 12 different cables of different lengths. You will have to hike a little between cables. It usually isn't very far (no more than 5 minutes at a time) but can be...more
I never knew what this was called but I had seen it many times. You get harrnessed and swing through the top of the jungle. This is different from the tarabitas because you are not in a cage. You are basically on your own swinging from one platform to the other. Young kids are free and are taking by the guide. The whole adventure take about 1 hour...more
You can take the tarabitas and then take a short hike to the waterfall Cascada Nambillo. You will get to another fork in the road and you will have to chose if you want to see the sanctuary of the five waterfalls or Cascada Nambillo. We did both hikes and it was tiring. We actually didnt make it up to see the five waterfalls we only saw three...more
Tarabita- Well you get in this cage like thing and you go across the jungle as you look at the tops of the tallest trees. You even see the River Mindo down below.We paid $12 for three adults and the baby was free.When you get across the jungle you get off the tarabita and if you go to the right you go to the Cascada la Reina. This is the tallest...more
We stayed a while in Mindo to eat and to check it out. We went tubing in the river and had alot of fun.The cost of this is roughly about $5 per person. You can chose to go on the river 1-4. One being not to rough - four being very rough.When I came in 2001 there went too many tube rental places now in 2007 there are a handful of different places...more
The butterfly garden was very very quiet and we were the only ones present in what was essentially a giant butterfly net. A entrance costs $3 and our host gave the tour in both english and spanish. Along the way we were able to view every stage of metamorphosis. I believe they said they raise them and release half of them into the wild. They let...more
Before going to Mindo I wanted to stay in a place with a nice garden where you can see butterflies...more
Before coming to Mindo I had read that Casa de Cecilia was situated on the edge of town so I thought...more
I like Casa de Cecilia but I had slept very badly and really needed to sleep so after breakfast I...more
When in Mindo I ate breakfast at Casa de Cecilia every morning, except the last morning as the breakfast then was included at the place where I stayed. La Casa de Cecilia is a lovely place to have breakfast in. They have an open-air restaurant by a small river, surrounded by lush vegetation with flowers, birds and butterflies. It is a relaxed place...more
El Quetzal is situated north of Parque Central. I first went there to go on their Chocolate tour, but I came back another day to sit down and relax with a fresh fruit juice. I bought a batido de maracuya (passion fruit juice made with milk). It was $3 (July 2012), which is a bit more expensive than in other places around in Ecuador. However, it was...more
Restaurante Las Cascadas de Mindo is situated on Avenida Quito, not far from Parque Central. They have a very good Tucha de La Plancha (trout) which I can recommend. The trout was served with rice, patacones and vegetables. It was $6.75 (July 2012). The lemon juice was $1.50 and so was the passion fruit juice. Sometimes they have a few tables on...more
When I was in Mindo I ate at many different restaurants. One of them is situated on Avenida Quito, in the corner with Sixto Durán Ballén. Previous days I had seen lots of people there, so I thought the food must be good. I came quite early so there were no other customers in the restaurant. I ordered a guanabana juice and trout. The trout was...more
One of the days in Mindo I ate lunch at a small restaurant on Avenida Sucre, west of Parque Central. I had seen they prepared some of the food on the grill outside the restaurant and went there to ask for almuerzo (a set lunch menu). They had set lunch menus and I first got the soup, which was good with lots of vegetables in it. The main course was...more
After visiting Mariposas de Mindo I thought it would be good to eat something before starting the walk back to Mindo. I was a bit hungry and it looked peaceful to sit in the empty restaurant beside the garden for a while.From the menu I ordered a sandwich with avocado, egg, tomatoes and cheese. It was served with French fries. To drink I had a...more
Because I was travelling with a small and a big backpack, and had a broken wrist, I didn’t want to take the metrobus to Ofelia (the terminal from where the buses to Mindo are departing), but took a taxi. The taxi from Centro Histórico to Ofelia was $6.30 (July 2012). I arrived at Ofelia at 11.30 and went over to the counter to buy a ticket for the...more
There is a tarabita, a hand-powered cable car, which takes you over a river basin when you are going to visit the waterfalls. It is 530m across from one side to the other and when you sit there in the small steel basket you can look down on the lush vegetation below. It takes you over the basin at an altitude of 150 metres above the ground.The...more
From Mindo up to La Y (the junction at the highway to Quito) a taxi/camioneta cost $3 (July 2012). I heard there was a bus leaving the square in Mindo for Santo Domingo at 11am, so I took that bus up to La Y. The ticket was $0.50. At La Y, I and five other people waited at the highway for a passing bus. After 10-15 minutes a bus heading for Quito...more
Nearly every morning I woke up to the sound of bells. This sound was to tell the inhabitants that the garbage collector were on his way. He had a cart pulled by a horse, and he collected the garbage. Some years ago they used to throw all the garbage into the river, but the local environmental organization had convinced them to stop this. I think that they piled it up somewhere in stead. People burn the used toilet paper every day and also burn their garbage.
There is no crime in Mindo, but some tourists did get robbed when I was there. It happened on the gravel road leading to the butterfly farm. Luckily nothing happened as they just turned over their possessions without arguing. The locals where very upset about this incident as it happens so rarely.
If something do go wrong there is a policeman in Mindo, he can be found in this house, just ask around.
As the building indicates, the police aren?t that busy!
We only went tubing but with all the outdoor adventure activities here it will really do you good to bring extra socks and maybe even extra sneakers if you can manage it. Mindo is Cloud Forest territory which is very wet and I don't know anyone who is a fan of soggy feet.
Miscellaneous: I was literally attacked by small, irritating, black bugs down by the river. It was miserable and the bites were visible for many many months after. Bring bug spray if you can.
Behind the park/main square are located the football stadium and public swimming pool. When I stayed here, there was a local football cup between Mindo and the local towns.
Equipment: In the swimming pool the children have fun, but I don’t think that water is that clean. For example nobody said anything when a guy in our group pushed another guy’s dog in the water. They were local, so I guess that it was a normal thing for them to do.
Children also swim in everyday clothes if they don’t have swimsuits.
As in all Ecuadorian towns there are a number of unfinished houses in Mindo. People in Ecuador don?t wait and save up money to build a house. They start when they some of the money and then build more and more when they earn more. But sometimes they leave the town before the houses are complete, or they just never finish the house. Hence there are...more
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