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Mindo's Cable Car (Tarabita de Mindo)
Mindo's Cable Car (Tarabita de Mindo)

Mindo's Cable Car (Tarabita de Mindo)

Mindo

The Basics

Typically found in the Colombian, Venezuelan, and Ecuadorean Andes, such tarabitas (cable cars) are quite rare, so don’t miss the chance to ride Mindo’s. Purchase your admission ticket in advance to save time. To see multiple local attractions and skip the hassle of getting around, opt for a guided tour that includes access to Mindo’s Cable Car. Budget-conscious, flexible travelers can pick up a sightseeing pass, which includes a ride on the cable car.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Each cable car holds up to six people.

  • The ride is brief but beautiful—don’t forget your camera.

  • Mindo’s Cable Car isn’t accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

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How to Get There

Mindo’s Cable Car station is located about 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) from the town of Mindo, at the end of an approximately 3-mile (5-kilometer) uphill hike that takes most people around an hour to complete. To save your strength, take a taxi directly to the station. There are no public transit options.

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When to Get There

The waterfalls across the river from Mindo’s Cable Car station are best viewed during the rainy season (October through May), when the water flows faster. However, the wet ground can make the already strenuous hike to the station harder. Whenever you choose to stop by, set out early for Mindo’s Cable Car and Waterfall Sanctuary to make the most of your visit.

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Waterfalls of Mindo

Seven waterfalls surround the cloud forest town of Mindo. The closest is Nambillo Waterfall, but the others are also well worth a visit. Ride the cable car across the river to dedicate more time to stopping at each waterfall; plus, your cable car ticket includes a handy map of them all.

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