We recently visited Mindo, Ecuador. It is about a 2 hour drive from Quito. We had a guide drive us who was very helpful. He tooks on a semi-custom tour arranged by a local tour operator in Quito. It probably cost more than it should for a short trip, but we were pressed for time. We went to the butterfly farm operated by a Ecuadorean/American woman and her family. It was small but well down and inexpensive. The a hike to a waterfall including a short cable tram ride across a gorge. The hike was beautiful with a semi-hard trail, to a very nice waterfall, but there were no birds or other wildlife other than insects. The guide said they hide from humans because locals continue to come here on weekends and kill or try to capture the birds for sport or the illegal pet trade. Very sad considering if you go to Bellavista nearby for hikes full of wildlife in a protected reserve. We also did the Canopy tour on zip lines that should be called only "the adventure zip line ride." It is comprised of 13 zip lines for a mile of cable. It was beautiful, but goes so fast, it is a ride, not a tour. I will review it separately, but those looking for a thrill, it was only 12 dollars a person (negotiated price down from advertised price) and worth the money. Town of Mindo looked touristy cute with bars etc, but did not stay for the night. We went on to Bellavista Reserve. I will be glad to provide the name of our guide via email as he can book with you directly for less expense than going through a tour operator.