Richard is an AMAZING naturalist and guide!
Reviewed 16 July 2018
We just spent the day with Richard doing a hiking and birding day in the Mindo Cloud Forest and we cannot recommend this highly enough. I called Richard very last-minute and he was graciously able to fit us in and accompanied us for the day. We were so lucky! Richard is very knowledgeable about the forest and also very passionate about conservation and eco-tourism. He knows where excellent private reserves are in the forest and took us to three spots where we saw an amazing array of hummingbirds, toucans and tanagers. We also enjoyed a beautiful hike into a huge waterfall where we saw many orchids, bromeliads and lilies.
Reviewed 29 July 2018
Booked a tour with Richard Hernandez. He was the best guide we had during our vacation in Quito. I was hesitant to book a tour with a unknown entity, but am glad I did. I also booked two tours via viator, and the quality of guide and overall experience was far less of a value. He is a certified guide, trained naturalist, and very knowledgeable. He has a website which you can google. On it you can see different options for tours. In the end, on the day of the tour we made modifications on what we did and he easily accommodated where possible.
Reviewed 18 February 2015
We took an overnight tour of the Mindo area with Richard. It was a terrific trip with hiking and photography opportunities, and learning about this part of Ecuador. On the first day, we went on a short hike in an Orchid Preserve,visited two different private places to see hummingbirds and butterflies, learned about how chocolate is made in a small factory, did a cable car ride in pouring rain and, at night, took a short trip in the forest to discover and see tiny frogs. On the second day, we left very early to see Cock-of-the-Rocks flying around just as sun came up on dense forest, and then went on a couple of short hikes. Richard is very knowledgable and friendly. Further, he has taken as his mission to help other locals benefit from tourism, instead of that money going to third parties (large tour companies). I like that and I am glad we did our little bit to encourage it. Highly recommended.
Reviewed 08 December 2018
We took a custom tour of the cloud forest with Richard in October. Richard is a goldmine of knowledge regarding the fauna and flora of the region. He could even mimic the calls of the various birds of the forest. We chose to do a hike up to a waterfall where we could find some frogs, and Richard was able to locate for us a female Cock of the Rock nesting. We went to another location and saw tons of hummingbirds that weren’t afraid of our presence. I also really wanted to see a toucan, so instead of doing a cable car ride ( there are several activities and wildlife options to choose from), we choose to do more bird watching. We were glad we did as we saw so many colorful birds including a really big woodpecker AND at the end of the day at lunch at a quiet private location overlooking the forest, a toucan appeared so close to us.
Visited January 2015
“Great tour. Magical Place”
Reviewed 10 August 2015
Richard Hernandez did a great job. He took my family and me on a two-day guided tour of the Mido area. Right from the first contact to the final good-bye, he was professional and helpful. His knowledge of the area (and Ecuador as well) is impressively broad and he is skillful at communicating it. All in all, I highlight recommend Richard as a guide, and Mindo as a destination.
Visited August 2015
“A Passionate Informative Guide”
Reviewed 16 May 2015
We're so glad we found Richard and booked this day tour with him. We learned a ton about the flora and fauna of this area. Richard was born and raised in this wonderful place so he is very passionate about sharing information. Our favorite stop was the hummingbirds. We recommend this tour for sure.
Visited May 2015
“Learned a lot and got some great photos on Mindo Full Day Tour”
Reviewed 22 April 2015
I booked a full day tour of Mindo with Richard.
Richard was very informative and friendly. I asked a lot of questions and Richard was able to answer almost all of them. He also spoke about Ecuador's culture and politics, which I found interesting.
The tour itself was well rounded. We stopped at a beautiful lookout (Puluahua crater), hiked to a waterfall and learned about different plants, stopped at a butterfly farm, rode a cable car (that was a little scary for someone with a fear of heights...) and got to watch hummingbirds. I learned a lot and got some fantastic photos.
I also appreciated that Richard tries to support the community by working with locally owned businesses.
I would recommend tours run by Richard to friends.
Visited March 2015
“Perfect Day......I would do it all over again”
Reviewed 13 April 2015
Richard Hernadez was outstanding as a guide and naturalist. He was very informative, and accommodating as to what we most wanted to see.......birds, hiking the waterfall, hummingbirds, orchid farm......etc. It was a fun filled day......with a great appreciation for this beautiful landscape. We did this trip with Richard before a Galapagos cruise with Celebrity.
Visited March 2015
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Mindo Cloud Forest.com brings different kind of cloud forest visitors looking for safe-educational or eco-friendly enjoyment of the Cloud Forest while they get a close look of the nature wonders.
We are committed to the encouragement of people for both sides locals and tourists, and it will bring new comers and new entrepreneurs in the cloud forest. - Symbiosis. The charisma and love allows to give practical ways of understandings how the eco-system works. how the world might work.
Our goal is to provide the practical knowledge in order to create ecological consciousness with the way of thinking: “we love what we know”. We also make it accessible and affordable to those in need.
Who Are We ?
Mr Richard Hernandez Ch.
Richard worked as Ecuador - national tour guide for: Lindblad Expeditions groups of National Geographic, Thomas Cook, Cox and Kings, Audley Travel London, Journey Latin America, Metropitan Touring (Ecuador), GAdventures and others.
Richard has also been leading groups of tourist visitors to The Galapagos Islands. With his near 20 years experienced in Tourism of Ecuador he is now the entrepreneur of leading eco-travelers to the cloud forest wonders.
For more information please contact Richard Hernandez on WhatsApp 593 9 86193500 or Mobile (011-593-8)6193500 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Books and film makers which might be of your interest. Richard Hernandez has been honored to meet some of their authors or they have come to visit the cloudforest with Richard:
Wildlife of the Galapagos
by Julian Fitter, David Hosking, Daniel Fitter
The Queen of Water
by Laura Resau (Goodreads Author), María Virginia Farinango
Energia Sin Limites
by Deepak Chopra (Goodreads Author)
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
by Luis Sepúlveda
by Leonidas Proaño Villalba
The Birds of Ecuador: Ecology and Behavior of a Wetland Engineer
by Robert S. Ridgely
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
by David L. Pearson, Les Beletsky
The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo Life in the Cloudforest
by Alejandro Arteaga, Lucas M. Bustamante, Juan M. Guayasamin
by Michael Palin, Basil Pao
Temple of a Thousand Faces
by John Shors
Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru
by Nigel Davies
Chagras Ecuador's Andean Cowboys
by Pete Oxford & Renee Bish
The Washing Society ( encuentro del otro cine, EDOC )
by Lizzie Olesker and Lynne Sachs