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The northwest of Quito is a haven of biodiversity. Mindo area is one of the richest areas of the planet with respect to the concentration of species of birds, including hummingbirds (known as the bird of Quito), as well as numerous butterflies, insects, amphibians and mammals. Mindo is particularly known for its natural beauty that attracts visitors who like the wildlife and unique nature.
Mindo is a a small touristic town in Ecuador that belongs to the canton San Miguel de Los Bancos that has a very rainy climate and is often seen misting by its geographical location in cloud forest with an average humidity of 95%. The area has about 2,500 inhabitants. The zone temperature is between 15 ° C and 24° C throughout the year. Rain is common, but during the months of June and November the climate becomes drier.
The canton is set amidst the lush vegetation of the cloud forest. It is in the foothills of the western branch of the Cordillera de Los Andes, within the sub-basin of the White River and the Guayllabamba River, and most of Esmeraldas River watershed. The 60 percent of undulating topography is flat. It belongs to the ecosystem of cloud forest, subtropical wet forest and rainforest. To the north are the cantons of Puerto Quito, Pedro Vicente Maldonado and the Metropolitan District of Quito, south and west is the Santo Domingo county and east the Metropolitan District.
The cantonal territory is an important natural resource such as Bosque Protector Mindo Nambillo with a total area of 19,200 ha of which 8,596 ha are in Mindo. A large surface area is occupied by grassland and cultures of palm, sugarcane, bananas, and naranjilla in small areas.
One of the main resources of San Miguel de Los Bancos is the water which in its territory originates a number of creeks and small watersheds that lead to sizable rivers such as the rivers Rio Mindo, Rio Canchupí, Rio Bagasal, San Antonio River and others.
Mindo is a cute little town in a beautiful environment.
There are different ecological walking paths around Mindo, where you can find beautiful waterfalls, mountains, fishing sites and other attractions. With luck you will see some mammals such as porcupine, spectacled bear or cougar. Here also you will find lots of medicinal plants as well as epiphytes and fabulous orchids. Large trees are no exception; you will find both the rubber tree like cinnamon and endemic varieties like tangaré.
Mindo ranked first in birding in 2000, and was declared the first birding place in South America by BirdLife International (2003); listed a total 526 bird species, 1 own endemic species and 48 endemic species of Ecuador, Peru and Colombia are included; more than enough reasons to be regarded as a paradise for birdwatchers.
10,000 plant species are estimated for BPMN area, 526 species of birds have been recorded; also 324 species of mammals; 90 species of butterflies; 9 species of fish and many amphibians and reptiles, however studies are still incomplete.
Mindo, by great diversity is positioned globally as a unique and amazing area for bird watching, with this background the Birdlife International declared as an Important Bird Area IBA area, so ornithologists and national and foreign specialists participate each year in the Christmas count.
Mindo was a pioneer in developing the Christmas Bird Count in Ecuador (1994), achieving count 220 species, this number has increased each year until in 2000 managed to position the first international location, registering about 400 species, success which was repeated in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
About 500 species, representing one third of the birds of Ecuador, have their habitat in the Forest Reserve Protector Mindo – Nambillo, and became an ideal place for bird watching destination.
In 1900 the ornithologist Frank Chapman, like other conservationists, was upset by the killing of birds that was made in an annual Christmas event hunting, which won the team that killed as many birds and small animals. In protest, Chapman along with 27 friends organized the Christmas Bird Count in 25 different locations; the event consisted of counting birds instead of killing them. From that year in the US, the Caribbean, Canada, Central and South America, the Christmas bird count in a census also allows observe and enjoy these extraordinary winged beings.
Bird watching is getting more popular in Mindo. It’s a practical branch of Ornithology (Bird Research) usually observed in the birds with the help of binoculars at long distances with a spotting scope and determines the type, age and gender. It’s called digiscoping if there is a digital camera to document photos. Birds can also be determined on the basis of their song or other vocalizations. Birdwatching is an activity that can be done throughout the year. A phenomenon that allows observing the most unusual species is migrating. Many birds are moving to breed, to look for food and to win harsh environment.
The whole area is visited for its waterfalls, rivers and biodiversity highlighting the Cristal, Nambillo and Mindo rivers which form its descent waterfalls like Milpe, near the regional town. There is also the La Sucia waterfall in the river of the same name and Tatalá cascade. The Mulaute River is another tourist spot, on the border with Santo Domingo, in various sections of these rivers used for rafting. The typical food is the Guaña or campeche; a fish consumed stew with green banana type called orito.
The population of this Canton is preferably dedicated to livestock and agriculture. It is an area rich in crops of peppers, borojo, palm, orange, pepper, naranjilla, banana, cassava and peanuts. Forests produce laurel, copal and pachaco. The main activity is milk production, which is marketed in the canton with dairies.
Ecuador currently accounts for 0.03 percent of the planet’s surface and despite its small territory contains one of the largest concentrations of birds in the world, with about 1,600 species. Ecuador belongs to biodiversity hotspot regions of the world, in which is a large number of endemic plant and animal species and their nature is particularly vulnerable and attractive. Conservation biologists have found that viewed globally, such regions with a high density of endemic species are generally near the equator, like it’s the case of Mindo and Ecuador too.
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