Richard Hernandez picked us up from our hotel in Quito and drove us to the Pululuhua crater to take some pictures of the houses and farms inside the crater and then a quick trip through the shops. Our next stop was in the Mindo cloud forest where we hiked for about an hour to a waterfall and then back. Along the way, Richard kept us informed of all the flora and fauna, observed hummingbirds and two tiny frogs (can't remember the names). We traveled on a national holiday so traffic was pretty bad and we skipped lunch in Mindo and ate at the start of the hiking trail. Instead of Mindo, he took us to Bellavista high up in the mountains to see toucans in the cloud forest trails. Our last stop was the Hummingbird Paradise which was amazing to see so many species of hummingbirds and other indigenous birds within arms reach. It's a little more expensive than some of the other tours we saw, but Richard is worth every penny and I would highly recommend this tour to any bird lover.
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