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Mindo Butterfly Farm (Mariposas de Mindo) Tours and Activities

Mindo Butterfly Farm (Mariposas de Mindo)
At Mindo Butterfly Farm (Mariposas de Mindo)—tucked in the ethereal Ecuadorian cloud forest region—get up close and personal with more than 1,000 species of butterflies at all stages of the life cycle. Even travelers not crazy about butterflies will be charmed by the small koi pond, fluttering hummingbirds, and picturesque surroundings.
 
The Basics
Mindo Butterfly Farm is one of Mindo’s most popular attractions, so book your ticket in advance to ensure speedy entry. To maximize your time in Mindo, visit the butterfly farm as part of a flexible sightseeing pass or hassle-free guided tour, some of which you can personalize with options such as visiting a chocolate factory, ziplining, and hiking. To extend your time on the farm, stay at the Hostería Mariposas de Mindo hotel.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mindo Butterfly Farm is a must for nature lovers and Instagrammers alike.
  • The butterfly farm isn’t entirely accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • There’s an on-site restaurant and gift store.
 
How to Get There

Mindo Butterfly Farm is an easy 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) walk from the center of Mindo. Alternatively, go as part of an organized tour with transportation included.
 
When to Get There

Mindo is popular among day-trippers and Quito residents—avoid the weekends for a quieter visit. To see the butterflies in full flight, stop by Mindo Butterfly Farm when the weather is warm; however, the climate-controlled indoor garden usually promises a good experience year-round.
 
Explore Mindo

After a couple of hours at the Mindo Butterfly Farm, active travelers can hike into the surrounding cloud forest, full of spectacular views. Alternatively, food lovers might return to town for a guided tour of Yumbos artisanal chocolate shop, including plenty of chocolate samples and a glass of chocolate beer.
Address: Sector La Yaguira Baja a 2 km del pueblo de Mindo, Mindo 171202, Ecuador
Admission: Varies
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