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Discover the diversity of Ecuadorian nature

5 days to discover the diversity of Ecuadorian nature

by mnxplAbout Me:French guy who started his first big travel around South America ! read more

South AmericaEcuador4 days / January 2022

Highs & Lows

Discover hummingbirds as close as possible

An unpredictable weather

Itinerary Overview

Ecuador is a beautiful country with a big diversity of birds and beautiful landscapes. Those places are close to Quito, so after a long time in big cities I decided to discover, without regrets, this diversity !

  • 2 Nights: Mindo Valley
    Discover the Cloud Forest of Mindo
  • 2 Nights: Otavalo
    The Cuicocha Lagoon and lakes

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Being on saturday in Otavalo to see the market

  • How was the food?

    There is a restaurant of Crepes just in front of El Andariego in Otavalo who is really good !

  • Packing tips?

    Taking clothes for rain and for cold weather, because it's hot and humid in Mindo but it's cold in Otavalo.

  • Transportation Tips?

    You have to go back to Quito between Mindo and Otavalo but it's the same terminal and the travel time is short.

  • Booking details?

    For the activities who need to be booked in Mindo you will find a lot of tourism agency in the same street so you can go directly there.


  • BioHostal Mindo Cloud Forest on Hostelworld, good hostel where you can have a private room for a reasonable price. I really liked this hostel because at the last floor you can see a lot of hummingbirds, it's incredible ! The only problem is the humidity, but it's the same everyxhere in the city ...

  • El Andariego, you can find it on hostelworld, this hotel was really good and clean. I recommend it !