Chocolate tasting tour
Price (per person):
2 pax = $80/person
3 pax = $60/person
4+ pax please contact us for a quote
Wear: lightweight long pants (the very best way to combat bugs!), a lightweight long sleeve shirt, t-shirt, bathing suit, comfortable hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. If you stay overnight, also make sure to bring a fleece top or sweatshirt as it can get surprisingly cool in the evenings.
Bring: camera; bug spray; rain coat; water; CASH for lunch, shopping, activities, etc (the ATM in Mindo is often out of order)
If you are interested in an overnight adventure in Mindo, please take a look at the accommodations tab and then contact us for a quick, custom quote.
Zip Lining: Soar through the canopy, across lush valleys, and alongside colorful birds on a system of 10 cables taking you through a total of 7,857 adrenaline pumping feet. Release your daring side as you glide in positions such as Superman and Mariposa (the Butterfly) and let exhilaration overtake you. Plan on 2 hours. Ages 6+. $20/person (2014)
Chocolate Tour: Stroll through the property and gardens of El Quetzal as you learn all about the chocolate making process from harvesting the fruit through the final product. The best part…a post-tour tasting including one of the very best brownies in the world! Plan on 1.5 hours. All Ages. $6/person (2014) Photos
Butterfly House: One of the largest butterfly exhibits in Ecuador, the garden at Mariposas de Mindo offers a tour demonstrating the 4 stages in the life of a butterfly (English and Spanish) and has up to 25 different species of butterflies at any given time. Feed the butterflies, sit by one of the small waterfall fountains as vibrant wings flap around you, or test your patience as you wait for butterflies to emerge from their cocoons. $6/person (2014). Photos
Waterfall Hikes: Hop in a Tarabita Cable car and glide across the valley to hiking trails leading to pounding waterfalls. Make sure to wear your bathing suit and take a dip in the refreshing waters! Be sure to also wear lightweight long pants to combat the small biting bugs that seem to eat right through any and all bug sprays! $5/person to ride the Tarabita (2014)
Bird Watching: With somewhere around 1600 species, Ecuador is one of the top birding destinations world wide. One of the best areas for birdwatching in Ecuador? You guessed it, Mindo. With that said, you can imagine that Mindo is swimming in bird guides. Ask your hotel to arrange a guide for you or do a bit of research ahead of time to find your perfect match. If you’re a serious birder, there are several multi-day trips in this area that I can recommend to you, just ask! In town, Hostel El Descanso has a lovely covered porch from which you can watch dozens of birds (including quite a few hummingbirds and even, sometimes, toucans!) flit about in the backyard garden/forest. Come early, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy! Entrance costs $2/person
Overall: A wonderful location to feel like you’re “away from it all” but still have access to the area’s highlights. Our favorite spot in Mindo.
If you’re interested in staying closer to the “action”, Casa de Piedra offers peaceful surroundings just across a small bridge and one block away from the main park in town. They have a swimming pool, outdoor BBQ pavilion, pool table, and foozeball. In the main house, bathrooms are shared (one bathroom to every three rooms) and I highly recommend one of the three top floor rooms. If you would like a bit more privacy, there is a small family cabin for 4 tucked away on an island ringed by trickling streams or two rooms for either 4 or 5 people in the secluded Wooden House. These rooms include one private bathroom each. WiFi is great in the dining area. If you are interested in an early breakfast, make sure you alert the (very willing) staff the day before as it is generally served around 8am, despite the fact that they advertise breakfast beginning at 7am. You can purchase tickets for all area activities here. Bring your own shampoo! Soap and towels are provided.
Overall: Casa de Piedra is close to town but maintains a feeling of seclusion. A mid-priced option with a great location.