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Mindo Cloud Forest & Equator


Just 90 minutes outside of Quito lies one of the world’s biodiversity “Hot Spots”. With over 300 different species of tropical birds and numerous other animals, Mindo is one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet. Depart Quito early this morning for Mindo. Watch the landscape change dramatically as lush green forests and waterfalls dominate while you descend the flanks of the Andes into the cloud forest region.

Choose canopy zip-lining and tasting the world’s best chocolate in the cloud forest OR observe wildlife on a nature walk in the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve.

Canopy Zip-lining and Chocolate Plantation

Upon arrival in Mindo at 4,200 feet above sea level, slide on a harness and clip in for an exhilarating zip-line tour of the forest’s canopy layer. Keep your eyes out for toucans, owls, quetzals, hummingbirds, and the beautiful Cock-of-the-Rock as you explore this unique cloud forest ecosystem. A series of 13 zip lines connected by tree platforms allow you to soar through the sky covering a distance of more than 2 miles.

Next, enjoy the tastiest of Ecuadorian customs by visiting a chocolate factory and speaking with a cacao producer. We explore every aspect of the supply chain from bean to bar and sample some of the world’s best chocolate along the way. You’ll watch how cocoa beans grown locally are transformed from the pod to nibs and finally, into a smooth molten chocolate, molded and wrapped by hand.  You can sample every step of the process but leave room for the bonus at the end.  All visitors receive a dreamy decadent brownie, complemented by an assortment of cocoa-based syrups.  Adventurous guests can personalize their chocolate experience by adding a variety of seasonings including honey, salt, and chili.

Andean Cloud Forest and Birding Hike

Proceed on a guided hike through Bellavista’s network of trails in the beautiful Tandayapa Valley. Keep your eyes out of mountain tanagers, toucans, and countless species of hummingbirds. Have lunch in the 360-degree dome restaurant, which boasts magnificent views and additional opportunities for spotting endemic and native birds.

Equator Line

After lunch, explore the Middle of the World equator line. Put one foot in each hemisphere and test the effects of gravity on the Earth’s bulge with several creative experiments, such as balancing an egg on the equator line. This afternoon return to Quito.

Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18