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Welcome to my WebSite, I am Richard Hernandez

Licensed tour guide who grew up in the cloud forest of the north western slopes of the Andes mountains of Ecuador. Nov.2021-Private Mindo cloud forest tours & packages. Waterfalls, butterflies, hummingbirds, orchids, frogs. Coffee & chocolate factories. By Richard Hernandez. Safe and bio diverse: unique birds to discover in the wild, orchids in their natural stage, frogs day and night, medicinal trees. A nature wonder near Quito. We are not a huge multinational, we are 100% locally owned tour operator with people who knows what we do and where to go. Please leave us your trip requests. We are here to help you to design your nature trip. Sincerely, Richard Hernandez - naturalist and bird guide.

Are you looking for a private and personalized tour ? We take you into the world of clouds with an inmense mutualism and symbiosis where the natural world stay and evolve in aparent silence, the type of silence we are not used to. On site interpretation is what we do in this near 20 years of experience. Let us share with you what we have observed and learnt from this wonderful unique eco system.

Yes, unique places. Of course if that is the kind of tour you have choosen previously. Most places in Mindo put sugared water in hummingbird feeders or not natural ripened plantane to attract birds like tanagers/toucans and attracting:) you to stay in those hotel/lodges. In my tours we try to avoid it as much as possible. We like to walk/hike and look for birds in their natural stage.

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Otavalo and Mindo

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Mindo tours

mindo hiking tour
"hiking & birding"

PRIVATE TOUR. Tour for Nature lovers a minimun hiking level is required. Off the beaten path tour. Discovering waterfalls, sparkling rivers, birds in the wild. Join us for a fantastic natural experience.

from USD.90 pp
mindo tour package
"2 days Mindo"

PRIVATE TOUR. After a day exploring the cloud forest is not enough and you need at least one more day. In this 2 days tour package with an overnight IN or OUT of Mindo town. Hostel and all meals included !

from USD.215 pp
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Mindo birds - please not in feeders - Choco endemic


What to do in Mindo ? Mindo town itself has tourist attractions like: water tubing, zip line, cable car, butterfly breeding farm, chocolate and coffee tour.
Birding in Mindo ? most local Mindo bird guides take you to places very close to the town of Mindo and also they do take you to bird feeders.
Best hotel in Mindo ? best lodges/hotels are located at least 30 minutes drive far from the town of Mindo and they do have their own hectares where you can hike in their own small private reserve.
Swimming pools in Mindo Ecological Hotels ? this topic must need your ecological concern.
Mindo local support ? as a foreign tourist you may not really know who owns the hotel. Most investment in Mindo comes from foreigners from USA, UK, Germany, Costa Rica, Spain and few wealthy people from Quito as well. A way to know: some websites (local business), notice on its written English:)
Mindo booking services ? Some local business already have good booking systems. While Viator, Airbnb and others, they do take up to 25% from bookings (from local business) done through these international booking systems.
How to get to Mindo ? in Quito, there is Ofelia bus terminal by the Northern part - public bus 2 hours drive. Hiring a yellow taxi, Uber or Didi car are the same rates as hiring a private not taxi vehicle. The private not taxi vehicle service is offered by licensed tour agencies/guides with private licensed vehicles and also by people who knows about tourism not only of Mindo but also about Ecuador. Most Mindo hotels offer also their own cars as ground transportation but sometimes it is an additional income for their already round business as Mindo hotel owners
Choose Cloud forest Reserves for lodging ! tell it to your Travel Agency/Agent or tour guide.

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