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Cloud Forest Experience

3 Days, Quito to Quito
Cloud Forest Experience

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Head for the clouds - cloud forest, that is. Experience it from your lodge in the middle of the Mindo forest, sitting at a comfortable 1200m in altitude. Try river tubing read more...

IS THIS Comfort TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Prefer meaningful small group travel with a little more polish and extra frills
    • Are eager to get off the tourist trail and connect with local people
    • Are excited by the prospect of handpicked hotels and guesthouses
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 02 nights accommodation with breakfasts (Lodge (2 nts).
  • 2 breakfasts.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private car/van, walking).
  • Cloud forest stay with local guide.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
Allow USD120-160 for meals not included.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Quito/Mindo
Day 2 Mindo
Day 3 Mindo/Quito
Departures
  • Start
  • Finish
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Quito
  • Mindo
  • Mindo to Mindo Map
  • DAY 1 Quito/Mindo

    Early morning transfer to a comfortable lodge located in Ecuador's cloud forests for a 2-night stay in the heart of the Mindo Valley. Numerous options are available here, including visits to organic chocolate, orchid, and butterfly farms.

    Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting
    On Day 1 of the tour, a G Adventures representative will meet you at the hotel to go over the details of the tour, providing a schedule, documentation/vouchers, and pick-up times for all included activities. The representative can also answer any questions about the tour or the general area.

    Private Vehicle
    Quito - Mindo 1h45m-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Mindo
    Explore some of the unique places only found in a cloud forest.

    Optional Activities
    Butterfly Farm
    Mindo
    Visit a butterfly farm to see all four stages (egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly) of the butterfly's life cycle. Mariposas de Mindo is the largest butterfly farm in Ecuador, which breeds 25 species, including the Peleides blue morpho and the Brown owl eye. Some of the butterflies bred here will be released into the wild.

    Orchid Farm
    Mindo
    Spend some time at the orchid farm, a lovely little garden that has approximately 200 species of native orchids. Learn how these unique plants thrive in the cloud forest environment, and see how they really showcase the wonder and beauty of nature.

    Organic Chocolate Tour
    Mindo
    Learn about organic chocolate and how it is produced in the region. Visit the garden where cacao trees grow and discover the different stages of production, like fermentation, drying, and packaging. After, visit the shop and taste the chocolate. Yum! (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Mindo

    Enjoy a morning birdwatching walk with the rest of the day free to explore. Optional activities include hiking, river tubing, and canopying.

    Mindo is about 1,200m (3,937 ft) above sea level and is considered a world leader when it comes to birdwatching opportunities. This forest has more than 450 species of birds - approximately 32 species are endemic. There are also around 300 species of orchids, and approximately 39 species of hummingbirds that call this area home.

    Birdwatching walk
    Mindo
    See a wide variety of birds in this wildlife watching haven - Mindo is about 1200m (3937 ft) above sea level and is considered a world leader when it comes to birdwatching opportunities. Trek through a forest that has more than 450 species of birds - approximately 32 species are endemic.

    Free Time
    Mindo
    Enjoy your day at leisure or take part in some optional activities based on your interests.

    Optional Activities
    Waterfall Sanctuary Hike

    Mindo
    Hike between the waterfalls outside Mindo at Santuario de Cascadas. Take the tarabita (cable car) over the river basin and treetops. From there, walk along the path to Cascada Reina, a very calm and green cloud forest.

    Canopy Zip Line
    Mindo
    Enjoy a fun and thrilling zip-line tour through the Mindo cloud-forest canopy. Get ready for lots of high-flying excitement - their network has 3,500 m (11,482 ft) of zip-lines on 10 different cables, ranging from 20 to 400 m (66 to 1,312 ft) long, with short walking distances between them.

    River Tubing
    Mindo
    Enjoy a leisurely ride down the river on a tube. Get a different perspective of the foliage and wildlife of the area and prepare to get wet! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Mindo/Quito

    Enjoy the morning before the transfer back to Quito around 4pm.

    Free Time
    Mindo Morning
    Enjoy your last morning in the cloud forest.

    Private Vehicle
    Mindo - Quito 1h45m-2h 16:00
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. Allow USD120-160 for meals not included.

  2. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  3. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  4. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  5. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  6. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  7. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  8. WEATHER
    Please note that at certain times during heavy rainfall roads to Mindo may be closed. Were this to happen an alternate itinerary would be created for your tour.


  9. DAY 1 EARLY DEPARTURE
    If you are arriving by flight on Day 1 of the tour (i.e. you are not being picked up from your Quito hotel on Day 1), the latest arrival flight time into Quito is 8:00am.


  10. DEPARTURE FLIGHT
    If you are planning to depart Quito on the final day of the tour, the earliest departure flight you should take is at 18:00.



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