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Mindo Day Tour including Chocolate Tasting, Hummingbirds, and Cloud Forest Hike

Quito, Ecuador
Mindo Day Tour including Chocolate Tasting, Hummingbirds, and Cloud Forest Hike

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Discover the amazingly diverse wildlife and scenic beauty of the cloud forests of Mindo during this 8-hour day trip from Quito. This unique ecological area is known for having one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity anywhere on earth, including numerous exotic species of birds along with a wealth of fun attractions. During your excursion, you'll first stop by the Hummingbird Garden and walk into the forest to admire the beauty of this natural reserve before proceeding to Mindo. In Mindo, you can choose from among a range of optional activities (at your own expense), including a visit to a chocolate factory, an orchid garden tour, ziplining, a bird-watching trip with a local expert, and much more.
  • Explore the cloud forests of Mindo during this day trip from Quito
  • Stop on the way to Mindo to admire the beauty of the nature by visiting a Hummingbird Garden and going for a walk in the primary forest
  • Discover the amazing biodiversity of the area
  • Round-trip transport included
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Pick-up and drop-off centrally hotels in Quito
Certified English / Spanish speaking guide
All-inclusive: Tubing, Canopy (3 lines) (hike to waterfalls), Tarzan Swing, Chocolate Tasting, lunch
Small groups include: Hummingbird Garden, Hike to waterfalls (Tarabita)
Private transportation
Canopy USD $20
Orchids & butterflies USD $5
Tubing USD $8

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Hotels pick up / drop off outside of the city has an extra charge
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Latin Adventures Cía Ltda
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mindo Day Tour including Chocolate Tasting, Hummingbirds, and Cloud Forest Hike?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Mindo Day Tour including Chocolate Tasting, Hummingbirds, and Cloud Forest Hike?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Great adventure with a great guide!
, Oct 2021
Everything was amazing but our guide was incredible! Very knowledgeable, spoke great English to make it easier for us to understand, was really amazing.
Best day Tour!
, Sep 2021
Fabulous tour with knowledgeable guide I highly suggest Rodrigo. He know a lot of nature and their environment …so nice he is a Diamond for your tour! Beautiful humming birds so many varietals. Gorgeous hike in cloud forest with waterfalls. Ending with chocolate tasting and learning how they make these chocolates as they make it right there YUM. Fab !
Fun day in the cloud forest
, Sep 2021
Spectacular day outside of Quito. We started off going to the hummingbirds which are so fun to watch as there are a ton of them. We did the zip-lining which is always a favorite of our kids. There is definitely some walking with the zip lines. We also hiked the waterfall which is a fun little hike. Last we stopped for lunch and the food was excellent. The guide and drive were excellent and knowledgeable about the area.
Highlight of our time in Ecuador
, Aug 2021
My husband, 8-year-old daughter and I had a private tour, and all had a wonderful time. Our tour guide Fabián was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. On the ride to Mindo he shared lots of interesting history, and the views were beautiful, so the time passed quickly. The hummingbird sanctuary was a nice stop - my daughter was entranced by the hummingbirds and tanagers. Next we stopped at the Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, where we had a beautiful hike down to the Nambillo waterfall, and back up to the canopy on the other side of the Nambillo River, where we took a cable car back across the canopy. Fabián spotted a toucan during the hike, and we were able to observe it for several minutes. Next we stopped at a butterfly farm for a brief tour and lunch. My daughter loved the butterflies, and the setting for our meal was lovely, but I probably would have preferred to skip this and have lunch in Mindo town. Next we went into town to tour Yumbos, an artisanal chocolatier. We tasted some absolutely delicious chocolate made from the beans of the relatively rare “arriba” cacao tree, and learned about the chocolate making process. On the ride back to Quito, the clouds rolled in and it started raining, which made for a peaceful trip back to the hotel. I highly recommend this tour, and especially our guide Fabián.
Great day trip to Mindo
, Jun 2019
The trip was great, it covered many places in Mindo and had good options for extra activities. We paid extra for a family bicycle activity and a chocolate factory tour. The guide and driver were very friendly and helpful. The paid extra attention and care to our young children.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We were supposed to be picked from our...
, Oct 2018
We were supposed to be picked from our hotel at 8:00. We tried calling the tour company, but their phone only had a message saying they did not accept messages. A driver, not our guide, finally showed at 8:30. We then proceeded to pick up the third member of our tour at a different hotel. The person was not registered at this other hotel, so the driver drove the two us to meet our guide at the outskirts of Quito. Once we met our guide, he informed us we had to drive back into Quito, since our missing group member was waiting at another hotel. We finally picked her up at 10:15. She showed me emails from the tour company confirming her hotel pickup. I estimate the late driver and mix up with pickup cost us 3 hours. The guide put us in phone contact with the tour company manager, who promised free admissions and lunch us compensation. Neither promise was completely kept. A very low maximum was placed on lunch,we were informed after eating we owed an extra 10. We also were required to pay admission to a tour of a chocolate company. Much of this situation could have been rectified if the tour company answered their phone before 9:00am. We finally arrived back at our hotel at 8:15pm. I wonder what we didnt get to see? The very minuscule compensation did not even come close to what should have been offered. I would never use this tour company again.
Great day out of the City
Karen P
, Aug 2018
The Mindo Cloud Forest day trip was a really fun day. We were able to focus on our interests -- hummingbirds, butterflies, and hike in the cloud forest. All parts were great! Our guide Diego was informative and personable. Definitely a worthwhile trip from Quito if you are there for a few days. Nice to get out of the city and see some of the countryside of Ecuador. A must do!
Not what I expected
, Jun 2018
I felt like it was rushed, we were suppose to do all the over falls but only did one. We were suppose to pick what ever activity we wanted, but only one was allowed. We were suppose to go the the middle of the earth, the tour giluide didn’t want to until we all complained. We went to the middle of the earth and didn’t even go in, and the time was rushed. We made all these random stops to buy more stuff, which nobody wanted to do. Our tour guide and driver were really nice. But the whole experience wasn’t what was in the description. When we went to the middle of the earth, we took some pics from the outside and then left, thought there would be more explanation about everything, I saw online all these cool things that they do, like if you lift both arms, you can feel different weight or wind. Nothing like that was done. And all my pics are of me standing by the entrance by the guards. Description was not what we got.
3 travelers found this review helpful
Just a 2 hour drive out of Quito...
Samantha C
, Apr 2018
Just a 2 hour drive out of Quito, this trip is well worth the effort. Our day in Mindo included zip lining and a visit to a butterfly garden, a hummingbird garden and a chocolate producing site. The drive to Mindo itself is stunning as the road snakes through the forest. Anna-Maria our guide was fab.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Guide was very nice and personable...
Dwayne T
, Apr 2018
Guide was very nice and personable, and van was comfortable. But that's the end of the positives. I booked late the day before, and was told the 95/pp was all that was available. Agreed, paid for it, and gave them the place we were staying in North Quito for pick-up. Got an email late Friday night saying it would cost an additional 20/pp for the pick-up. Since there was no cancellation possible I had to pay it. On the tour, we stopped at the middle of the world monument Which is part of the 95 tour... for 5 minutes. The guide said it wasn't part of this tour. We stopped for 10 minutes at the hummingbird place The admission price was the only fee included, then onto Mindo. They dropped us and another guest off for zip lining a lot of fun, but it was a separate charge at lunch time, so we had to wait. They picked us up afterwards and we stopped for lunch. Then 15 minutes of walking around Mindo before leaving. That was it. HUGELY overpriced 220 for 100 worth of Uber, and I really didn't appreciate the extortion on the additional charge. I would recommend avoiding Viator AT ALL COSTS!!!!
The Cloud Forest is beautiful from...
Laura G
, Apr 2018
The Cloud Forest is beautiful from the hummingbirds to tasting organic rainforest coffee and street food - on the way there to a hike to a waterfall and gondola ride over the rainforest to an Ecuadorian lunch and tour of the cacao farm. Brownies so yummy! The guide was informative and fun!
PIck up and drop off was great...
Donald K
, Apr 2018
PIck up and drop off was great. Drive was good and views were great. The stop at the hummingbird sanctu8ary was great. The hike down the forest was exhausting. The rest was just ok. The description of tour said it included the Middle of the World, but the guide did not mention going there. When I asked, he said we could stop, but only for a picture. We did not get to go inside or really see anything. Disappointed in that. We had to go back later by taxi to see the Middle of the World. The Middle of the World was the best part and they left it out of the Tour. Very disappointed. My advice, take a taxi to Middle of the World for 45 round trip and spend 4 - 5 hours there. Skip the tour.
This tour was wonderful! Diego, our...
Elizabeth P
, Mar 2018
This tour was wonderful! Diego, our guide, was very knowledgeable and made the day wonderful. The open top cable car across the river was one of my favorite things!! We saw hummingbirds, butterflies, orchids, and did a chocolate tour. The landscape in this area of Ecuador is beautiful and this was our favorite tour while we were in Quito. Just two notes. First, the tour details state you stop at the Middle of the World complex, but that is not true. We drove by it, but did not stop. It should be removed from the description. Another person on the tour made the same comment. Second, things were presented to us as though we could choose what to do and that we didn't all have to do the same activities. We each made choices and said what we wanted to do while in Mindo. Then we ended up having to wait for others and we could not do different things from each other. We were still able to complete everything we wanted to do, but had some down time waiting for a few who wanted to do a hike. All in all, it's a great trip!
avoid the butterfly farm. Spent 150...
Peter S
, Mar 2018
avoid the butterfly farm. Spent 150 on food and chocolate at the chocolate factory and still had to pay 10 for the tour. Doesn't make sense.
Daniel was a phenomenal tour guide...
, Jan 2018
Daniel was a phenomenal tour guide! We had a great time on this day trip to Mindo Cloud Forest. We were given tons of options for activities-- the hummingbird garden, chocolate tour, and zipline were my favorite parts. Mindo is beautiful and I would highly recommend this tour!
I had a great time on this tour, I...
Alice M
, Jan 2018
I had a great time on this tour, I was in a group of five with a tour guide who spoke good English. We had various choices of activities in Mindo, so I went on a tour of an artisanal chocolate factory with one other member of the group while the others went ziplining, then we all met up to go for a hike down to a waterfall and back up- I had to go a bit slowly as I'm pretty unfit, but it was well within my capabilities. The chocolate factory tour was great, really interesting and of course great to taste all the chocolate afterwards! The trip from Quito to Mindo and back was great, with stunning scenery and a very knowledgeable tour guide. We stopped at the Mitad del Mundo, but sadly as it was January 1st it wasn't open. We also stopped at a Hummingbird Garden en route to Mindo, which was fantastic, really overwhelming. I was very pleased to find a tour running on the 1st Jan, as I was only in Quito a couple of days. I would definitely recommend this as a day trip- the great thing is that there are various options for activities, so if you're a bit more or a bit less adventurous, there'll be something for you. It was clearly stated in the information page, and the guide also highlighted this, but worth budgeting for two or three activities, some of which cost a bit more than others, which you pay for when you're there. I managed to spend about 30 on presents in the chocolate factory shop too! Well worth it though, that's my presents sorted! Great day out, would recommend.
This would be a nice place to spend...
maria e
, Dec 2017
This would be a nice place to spend more time. Book a bird watcher locally. Bring water clothes if you are choosing canyoning or tubing.
This is a massively expensive tour...
Gregory H
, Dec 2017
This is a massively expensive tour for what is essentially just a van ride to/from Mindo. You have to pay extra for 90 of the activities at the destination including lunch, each of which has their own guide, so it isn't worth it. You'd save a ton of money by negotiating with a taxi driver to take you there for the day, especially if there are 2 or 3 of you. Not that our guide was bad, he was great, it just isn't worth the cost. The location itself is gorgeous, and the tour options are great, there are just better/cheaper ways of doing it.
Freddie was our guide and he was...
Chris M
, Nov 2017
Freddie was our guide and he was super and very knowledgeable. It was great because we could cater the trip to whatever we wanted to do that day. He steered us into activities that we enjoyed. I would definitely take a trip with Freddie again.
The guide was really friendly...
Claire P
, Oct 2017
The guide was really friendly, knowledgeable and spoke great English. However, the hike to the waterfall was disappointing, and the tour of the chocolate factory was overpriced for what it was particularly as we then felt forced to eat there. The hummingbirds and canopying were both really good.

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