With its breathtaking location, surrounded on all sides by steep mountainsides of cloud forest, tiny Mindo was a delightful place to visit and for me, another Ecuadorian highlight.


It’s a dramatic arrival just off the Pan American Highway via a steep and curvy hillside descent that takes you down into the small but beautiful town centre. The place was in chaos whilst we were there – it was one huge construction site – new roads, new side walks – it will be amazing when it’s finished. There are lots of restaurants, bars and coffee shops to cater for your every need – all with super friendly staff.


Depending on your mood at the time, Mindo is a great place to kick back and relax or a great place to get active. The locals have created an impressive infrastructure for actively enjoying Mindo, and its surrounding cloud forest, including butterfly farms, zip-lines over the treetops, mountain biking, tubing and orchid collections. But unlike BañosMindo has retained its sleepy town feel – but I do wonder how much longer this will last!


A ‘must do’ in Mindo is a journey on the unique open-air tarabita (cable car) that takes you 152m above a lush river basin over thick cloud forest and across the valley where there are a number of waterfalls that you can hike to along well-signposted trails.


Whilst in Mindo I had the great pleasure of meeting up with Kevin, a very good friend of mine from Canada. He was travelling from Colombia and I was travelling to Colombia – what better place to meet than Mindo.


Click HERE to see our exilerating cable car experience.


Click HERE to see a rather unusual restaurant exit!


Next stage: Galapagos.






About Richard Griffith

My first independent travel experience was a trip to Israel, in 1997, it was here that I caught the 'travel' bug! In 2001 I took an 8-month sabbatical and traveled around South East Asia. Since then I have managed to visit most of Eastern Europe along with India, Bangladesh, and a few other destinations in between. I love travel and I love meeting new people.
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