Mindo Ecuador is about a two hour drive from Quito. The road trip itself is one of the most scenic I have seen. You pass through multiple "micro-climates", such as Quito's cooler moist climate, into Pomasqui's dry arid southern california like climate, bypass the Middle of the World Monument (or stop by.. why not?), then finally spiral down hill on a freshly paved highway into the depths of Mindo's "Cloud Forest". The roads are curvier than a pregnant Kardashian, so make sure you take it easy if you are driving.
|The road to Mindo Ecuador|
What is a Cloud Forest? Well, without getting all scientific, a Cloud Forest is a higher altitude "jungle" of sorts, which has a high level of diversity when it comes to animals and plant life along with birds.
Mindo is famous for it's birdwatching, (something I haven't personally participated in yet), river tubing (yes I've done this), zip lines over the forest canopy, along with hiking and delicious Chocolate. You can also rent Quads and ride them around the Cloud Forest which is super fun. If you are into riding quads be sure you check out "Xtreme Quadrones" in the center of town. Tell Gonzalo and Nataly that Mike said Hello.
|Xtreme Quadrones in Mindo Ecuador. Go rent a Quad.|