Mindo Cloud Forest Tours are custom tours of the Mindo Cloud Forest area and surrounding areas conducted by Richard Hernandez. Richard is a very knowledgeable, warm and personable tour guide who has a university degree in tourism in Ecuador. He is from and lives in the Mindo area, and has also lived in Quito. His English is excellent. He customized the tour totally for us, including a later departure and return time, stops at the beautiful Pululahua Crater, the Butterfly museum in Mindo, a birding area, a water and hiking trail, and even a brief stop at one of the Equator museums on the way back to Quito. Richard's knowledge of wildlife and plants is very impressive and he makes it all come alive vividly. He also knows the area so well, as well as Quito, that he can adjust his tour to your interests. In our case, that was nature, but he offered us ziplining, tubing, and a host of other outdoor activities. We have taken a lot of private tours in recent years, and some have been very good. However, Richard possessed a very high degree of knowledge, combined with personal warmth and interest as well as a very high degree of flexibility and enthusiasm. I never met him before the tour and picked him from the more recent TripAdvisor reviews. However, after the tour I would recommend him for anyone visiting the area.
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