Mindo is located approximately 79 kilometers northwest of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. It’s a haven of biodiversity and one of the richest areas of the planet with respect to the concentration of bird species, including butterflies. Here are some 3,200 species of butterflies. Many of these species are endangered. Best to go in the morning, the butterflies are more active in the sun.
Two Canadian guys offer a great night hike. They regularly spot nocturnal forest mammals, armadillos, frogs. reptiles and invertebrates. Join them on a 1.5-hour walk and look for all of these in the wild.
A 250-acre reserve of the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation. It has several kilometers of walkable trails, bird observation area, and a botanical garden. Through its network of bird reserves in northwestern Ecuador, Mindo Cloud forest Foundation protects critically endangered habitat and manages reforestation projects.