Blogs from Mindo, North, Ecuador, South America


South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo July 28th 2018

Nach meinen 4 Wochen Freiwilligendienst im Amazonas, bin ich zurück nach Quito gefahren und, natürlich, ging ich wieder ins Casa Urbana Hostel, das mehr wie ein zu Hause für mich war als ein Hostel. Ich habe mich sehr gefreut, die super nette Besitzerin, Carolina, und Jamshid, den Freiwilligen aus Usbekistan, wiederzusehen! :-) Zum Glück war meine Freundin Elena aus der Schweiz (die ich in Minca in Kolumbien kennengelernt hatte) auch in Quito und so schafften wir es am nächsten Tag endlich uns wiederzusehen. Wir haben uns erst im Juan Valdez Café getroffen (mein Lieblingscafé, eine Art südamerikanischer Starbucks – gleiche Preise...), wo ich den Morgen damit verbracht hatte an meinem Blog zu arbeiten. Dann sind wir zusammen Mittagessen gegangen ; wir sind zu einem Platz in der Nähe vom Plaza Foch gegangen (Café Galeria oder sowas) ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo August 9th 2017

Suzanne here... Mindo was a bit of a last minute decision. We'd done cities and beaches. So when we read about a small town in a cloud forest two hours from Quito, it sounded an ideal finish to Ecuador. We arrived at 11.30am, a bit early to check in. We'd not eaten so found Mindo Bio cafe and had a hearty breakfast. It was still early so we sat in the square for a while. It was hotter than Quito, but not unbearable. Our hotel was about ten minutes walk from town. We had to cross a river via a narrow rickety bridge, which added to the fun. We arrived at where we thought the hotel was, only to be faced with a locked gate. So near yet so far. Neither of us fancied trailing back ... read more
...Coffee Lodge Spa
Typical view of the area
A blurry hummingbird outside our room

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo July 13th 2016

Hello, I have just spent 3 days in Mindo and at first I didn't like it because it rained and I was a bit ill but it definitely won me over. It's a tiny town that has a lot to offer. I went to the butterfly farm, la mariposario which is a greenhouse where you can see all stages of the butterfly from 'egg' to larvae to butterfly, gorgeous! I did a hike in the forest with people I met here or had met along the way here. It's starts with a big cable car to get to the other side of the valley, then it is a nice hike leading to 6 different waterfalls. We got very lucky cause on our way back, we were told that the bottom cable broke and some people were ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo November 21st 2015

Paluu Etelä-Amerikkaan Jokunen vuosi on jo ehtinyt vierähtää siitä kun viimeksi on tällä mantereella oltu. Edellinen Etelä-Amerikasta kertova blogimme päättyi Ecuadoriin ja Quitoon johon myös sen kertainen yhteinen matkamme päättyi. Jo silloin oli ajatuksena, että tuo kerta tuskin oli viimeinen Etelä-Amerikassa ja etenkään Ecuadorissa koska yksi pitkäaikainen haave jäi sillä kertaa toteutumatta. Nimittäin Galapagos. Nyt vihdoin on koittanut paluun aika ja pääsemme toteuttamaan tämän unelman. Galapagos Galapagos. Ihan oikeasti - Galapagos.Jo tuo nimikin kuulostaa minusta jotenkin epätodelliselta. En tiedä miksi, mutta tuntuu siltä, että olen 'aina' tiennyt mikä on Galapagos. Aina on tietenkin suhteellinen käsite, mutta jotenkin nyt ainakin sen ajan, kun ympäröivästä maailmasta on käsittänyt jotain muutkain kuin ihan kotikonnut ja oman pienen asuinympäristön... read more
Ja tänne päädyttiin - Mindo Sisakuna Lodge
Näillä mennään ...
Finnair vie perille - tällä kertaa Miamiin

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo September 21st 2015

From Otavalo I travelled to Mindo cloud forest (west of Quito) to stay for 3 nights, get some birdwatching in and maybe an adrenaline fix or 2 as well in one of the most laidback towns on Earth. How to get there: Caught a Quito bound bus from Otavalo $2.50 (2hrs). Taxi from Carcelen terminal to La Ofelia terminal $3.50. 1pm Quito to Mindo bus $3.10 2hrs. Buses direct to mindo only go from La ofelia terminal which is about a 10 minute taxi ride from Carcelen (Terminal Norte). The bus departs from directly outside the ticket office & luggage is stowed underneath. You can also catch a number of buses leaving from carcelen which will drop you at the mindo road junction but that is a few km out of town. Where I stayed: Mindo ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo August 18th 2015

Just a short little blog as we finish our time in Ecuador with the realisation that we have been married for a month (there was a quiet moment of reflection while on the boat for the two of us on the 28th) and that we have spent the majority of our married life so far in Ecuador. And what a month it has been; we have hiked around crater lakes and through canyons, ventured through the Galapagos, swam with sea lions and bird watched more than we ever thought we wanted to, gorged on vegetarian food, mountain biked down a volcano, visited traditional markets, met some great people and stood on the equator. And our final 2 days in Ecuador didn't disappoint us. While we were still on a bit of a downer following the end ... read more
Chocolate Pod
Chocolate Nibs

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo February 21st 2015

These are the birds we saw on our two bird outings near Mindo. Coq of the rock Black wing saltator white winged saltator moron tailed parakeet red faced spinetail white shoulder tanager green sum jumped toucanette female golden headed quetzal chestnut mandible toucan pale mandible anicari lady throated warbler swainsons thursh little cuckoo blue necked tanager crimson rumped toucanette squirrel cuckoo suelo roth wing white lined tanager, female, a puffy reddish bird red billed parrot brown winged parrot choco toucan, a tree full lemon rumped tananger 2nd outing orchid breasted tananger strong billed wood creeper spotted wood creeper female orange billed euphoria yellow billed salteater flamed faced tananger summer tanager brown tanager bronzed winged parrot lady throated whitestart ... read more
Golden headed Quetzal

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo December 13th 2014

Mindo - Day 20 This hostel is so quiet. We heard only the birds and the falling rain this morning. It rained heavily during the night and early morning, but this is the rainy season here. The rain stopped midmorning and left the air really fresh. We decided to have an easy day and walked one of the town streets past town and past the river. Lots of noisy roosters and chickens as we got to the outskirts of Mindo. The dogs lay in the middle of the street until a car comes, then they may slowly move out of the way. Lots of potholes. We crossed the bridge for Rio Mindo. Many rapids along the river. A few houses high up on the side of the road looked like they might tumble down with the ... read more
Mindo stadium wall
Flowers along our walk
Broadleaf vegetation

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo December 12th 2014

Mindo - Day 19 After a peaceful breakfast of fruit and rolls on the back porch, we took off to see butterflies. The butterfly farm (Mariposia) is about a 40 minute walk from the hostel. Our walk took us along the Mindo river. Many buses had pulled into the accesses, bringing tubers to the river. The river flowed along pretty rapidly, going over some large rocks. The tubers were all wearing helmets We found the butterfly farm very interesting. The first part of the tour explained the stages of the butterfly from egg to caterpillar to pupae to butterfly. They actually grew the butterflies here, so they had them in every stage. There were 25 different kinds of butterflies on the farm. There are 300 kinds in Mindo, and 4000 kinds in all of Ecuador. The ... read more
Margie and her butterfly
Butterflies eating bananas
One butterfly has a big eye

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo December 11th 2014

Mindo - Day 18 Today our destination was Mindo. We took a cab further north in Quito to the Ofelia bus station. We were aiming for early arrival for the 9:00 bus, but we made it in time for the 8:00. We have been having really good luck with our bus connections. The bus got us to Mindo in 2.5 hours. We found our hostel on the outskirts of Mindo, but within easy walking distance. Our spot in Casa Cecilia was like a little cabin tucked in the forest, with large windows overlooking nothing but vegetation. We can watch the birds flying through the trees. There is a little deck right around the corner, and a deck of hammocks in a central building (just for Bob!). We can watch the hummingbirds a few steps from our ... read more
View from our window
Tiny orchid
Monkey-faced orchid

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