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The cloud forest is a tropical subregion with a warm & humid climate located northwest of Quito city. Just 90 minutes and about 80 km from the Ecuadorian capital, the cloud forest surprises locals and foreign visitors with its rich and privileged flora and fauna. The Ecuador’s cloud forest is recognized as one of the most megadiverse areas of Ecuador and the world, and is also home to unique species on the planet, such as the “Mashpi glass frog” (Hyalinobatrachium mashpi). 

Among the most important towns in the cloud forest is Mindo, a small town that is home to incredible natural beauty. Some of the most popular activities for visitors to Mindo are bird and butterfly watching, hiking through beautiful waterfalls and some extreme sports such as tubing.

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Colorful bird in the cloudforest at Ecuador

What is the best month to visit the cloud forest?

The cloud forest has a tropical climate all year round, so we recommend visiting this part of Ecuador at any time of the year. Therefore, your visit depends on what you want to see and do, between the months of October and May the birds are most active. However, in December, the birding season reaches its peak.

tourists walking in the middle of the cloud forest in ecuador

If bird watching is not the main reason for your visit to Ecuador’s cloud forest, the somewhat drier months are between June and September. In any case, don’t forget to pack a raincoat for afternoon showers.

The cloud forest is located northwest of Quito city, in the province of Pichincha. This area of privileged climate and great diversity of flora and fauna covers the cantons of Pedro Vicente Maldonado, San Miguel de los Bancos and Puerto Quito.

To tell you how long it should take you to visit a place is relative, as it will depend a lot on what you want to see and do. However, to explore and enjoy the natural wonders that Ecuador’s cloud forest has to offer, you will probably only need to do a full day tour, or at most two days might be enough.

Remember to contact our travel advisors for a recommendation that suits your needs.

The only way to reach Ecuador’s cloud forest is by land. Through a private transfer that can take around 90 minutes, or also through public transportation that can take a little more than 2 hours.


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