How to get to Mindo?

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How to get to Mindo?

How to get to Mindo?
how to get to mindo from quito

Are you a nature lover? If you answer yes, Mindo is your ideal destination in Ecuador. Just a few hours from Quito, specifically in the heart of the Chocó Andino, you can find this rural parish that belongs to the canton of San Miguel de Los Bancos in the province of Pichincha. Mindo is a site of exceptional biodiversity, a true paradise for bird watchers, those who love adventure, and those seeking peace. It is an ideal place to see exotic birds, colorful butterflies, frogs of various types, hundreds of hummingbirds, and many varieties of orchids, as well as to do adventure sports or simply to rest surrounded by the exuberant nature of the area.

This essential destination in Ecuador awaits your visit. So, we’d like to give you some information on how to get to Mindo from Quito. We would like you to consider all the options available so that your trip to this essential destination is entirely satisfactory.

How to get to Mindo from Quito?

There are several alternatives to get to Mindo since you can make your trip in your car, bus, taxi, or tour. Next, we tell you everything you need to know about these alternatives to reach this natural destination in Ecuador.

How to get to Mindo from Quito by car?

If you decide to go to Mindo by car, you must drive to la Mitad del Mundo and take the Calacalí-La Independencia road to the well-known “Y” of Mindo at kilometer 78. Once there, you can see the road signs indicating that you are at the entrance to Mindo. In this place, you will also see a sculpture of the Gallo de la Peña, a species native to the Andean-Amazon region of northwest and west South America, which can be found in Mindo. From there, you must enter a 6-kilometer road that takes you to the center of the town of Mindo.

Mindo car entrance
Entrance to Mindo. Photo by Jorge Galarza

The trip by car from Quito to Mindo can take approximately two hours, depending on where you start in Quito. The advantage of making this trip in your car is that you can make stops to admire the landscape or visit any place that interests you along the route.

However, if you drive to Mindo, you must consider the following considerations. Although the road to the town of Mindo is paved and in good condition, we recommend that before embarking on your adventure, you obtain information from official sources about the state of the road, especially if you plan to make your trip during the rainy season. In the following link, you can review the current state of the country’s main roads: ECU 911 Integrated Security Service.

We also recommend you make your trip during the day since the road is somewhat winding. Therefore, visibility will be better, and it will be easier to get mechanical help if you need it. Likewise, if you travel in your car, you must fill the gas tank because there are few gas stations in the area, and the cell phone signal is irregular.

How to get to Mindo from Quito by bus?

To get to Mindo by bus from Quito, you must go to Terminal Microregional La Ofelia, located north of the city. Once there, you should look for the Cooperativa Flor de Valle, which offers direct trips to Mindo at different times. If you decide to go to Mindo by bus and depart from this bus station, it is pretty far from the city center, so you should have at least half an hour to get there by Uber or taxi.

The bus trip from Quito to Mindo can take approximately 02h30. However, the time may vary depending on external factors, such as climatic factors or unforeseen events that may occur with transportation.

Another alternative to getting to Mindo from Quito by bus involves going to the Carcelén —Quito Norte Terrestrial Terminal. Some bus companies can take you to the “Y” of Mindo. Once in that sector, you must get off the bus, and to get to the town center of Mindo, you must walk or take a taxi to your accommodation.

How to get to Mindo By Bus
How to get to Mindo by bus. Bus by Pixaby

Remember that if you travel by bus to Mindo, you must take care of your belongings, especially in crowded places and during your trip by public transport. We recommend you take your valuables with you and not put them in the luggage sent in the bus trunk. Likewise, we suggest that you use common sense during your trip.

On the other hand, it is worth remembering that Mindo is located between the mountains, so the road is full of curves and turns. If you are prone to dizziness, we recommend buying some anti-nausea pills at the pharmacy.

Once you have enjoyed Mindo and observed its birds, explored its waterfalls and navigated its rivers, you can purchase your return tickets at the Flor de Valle office, which is located on the main road of Mindo. Remember that it is important that you buy your return tickets in advance, as these sell out quickly due to high demand.

How to get to Mindo from Quito by taxi?

Another alternative to getting to Mindo from Quito is to take a taxi. The cab cost will depend on where you depart from in Quito. Remember that if you travel this way, you must opt for a recommended taxi company specialized in making trips to Mindo.

How to get to Mindo by taxi
How to get to Mindo by taxi. Taxi by Pixabay

The taxi trip from Quito to Mindo can take approximately two hours. However, this time may vary depending on external factors, such as climatic factors or unforeseen events that may occur with transportation. Furthermore, if you incorporate stops into your route, the time to arrive in Mindo will be longer.

If you have decided to take a taxi to Mindo, we recommend doing it during the day since the road is somewhat winding and there may be rain. Likewise, you must ensure that the driver fills the gas tank because there are few gas stations in the area, and the cell phone signal is irregular. Additionally, you must set a fee for the service before traveling and ensure the driver is not driving recklessly.

For the above reasons, we recommend using a private taxi service, a safer way to get around Ecuador. If you want comfortable and safe VIP transportation to Mindo from Quito, contact us by WhatsApp for more information.

Tour to Mindo from Quito by Quito Tour Bus

Undoubtedly, the best alternative to getting to Mindo from Quito, both for safety and comfort, is to take our Tour to Mindo from Quito. We will take you in our comfortable tourist transportation to this famous valley of Ecuador safely and comfortably while you enjoy the company of our bilingual national guide, who will provide you with permanent assistance and show you the most representative destinations in Mindo.

How to get to Mindo by Tour
Best Trip Ecuador Quito Tour Bus shuttle. 

We offer you a full day of fun visiting the hummingbird reserve, the butterfly sanctuary, the Mindo-Tambillo waterfall at the Waterfall Sanctuary, and the local chocolate company. On our tour, you will be able to observe the local flora and fauna, take walks, climb a tarabita and fly over the cloud forest, swim in a waterfall, and learn about the chocolate manufacturing process in the area.

Remember that choosing a tour trip has several advantages, especially comfort and safety. This alternative is the most suitable if you are looking for a smooth travel experience since the presence of a tour guide eliminates concern about the language of the destination, as time in which it guarantees personalized assistance from a professional. Opting for a tour is also ideal if you have little time, as it allows you to make stops at the main attractions in the area and make the most of your travel time.

Get all the details about our shared, small group, and private tours at Tour to Mindo from Quito.

Travel by tarabita to the sanctuary of the waterfalls.
Photo by Quito Tour Bus

Now that you know how to get to Mindo from Quito, we recommend you choose our Tour to Mindo. Embark on a journey to serenity and natural wonders. In this magical corner, nature unfolds at its finest and offers lush jungles, crystalline waterfalls, and a biological diversity that will leave you breathless. From exciting adventures to quiet walks along wooded paths, Mindo presents as an Eden waiting to be explored.

Come and immerse yourself in this unique experience, where natural beauty is intertwined with the warmth of local culture, creating unforgettable memories in every corner. Mindo is waiting for you to delight you with its incomparable charm!

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Hummingbird watching in Mindo.
Photo by Quito Tour Bus.

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