Mindo, part of Ecuador’s Cloud Forest, represents a key site for Birding in Ecuador, because the warm climate and rich natural landscape makes this area an ideal place for birds to live all year round. Home to over 500 bird species and a vast diversity of other wildlife like many different species of butterflies, Mindo is named an IBA (Important Bird Area) and most of its forests are protected.
Since 25 July 2018 the Norwesth of Pichincha was declared by UNESCO a Biosphere Reserve and the name is “Choco Andino de Pichincha“. Mindo Ecuador is located at the hearth of this awesome Biosphere Reserve. Imagine how will be to do a Bird Watching Tour in Ecuador and enjoying Mindo Cloud Forest.
In recent years, Mindo has had one of the top 3 highest Christmas bird counts in the world. Mindo Cloud Forest has the highest count of endemic montane birds in the entire world. Ecuador is also the country with most species of hummingbirds, over 130, and Mindo is a great place to see these tiny birds up close. Good location to see them in the wild is our gardens at Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge, since they come in a natural way to our flowers. You will love birding just from your terrace.
Many Ecuador birding tour companies value the aspect of conservation, and therefore are always respectful to the birds and their habitats. One can always birdwatch on their own simply by walking through the forest paths early in the morning with binoculars in hope of catching a glimpse of a toucan. A nice place for birdwatching on your own is at Casa Amarilla, where there are numerous woodland trails open early mornings. Booking a Ecuador Birdwatching Tour with a knowledge local and experienced guide can give you a more promising experience.
Here at Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge, you can practice birdwatching from the front lawn where we have a birding terrace open to the valley. Out front is a small wooden table where there are always open bananas so birds are compelled to come and have a snack. You can always see different types of birds swooping in and out of the yard to come eat some of the bananas, so simply sitting outside the dining area at Las Terrazas de Dana Lodge is a great way to see Mindo’s birds flying freely.
Birdwatching in Mindo is an amazing experience, also if you are not a birder. Summer months generally have clear skies. Anyway warm weather is all year round and you can practise birdwatching in Mindo.
Birding in Ecuador is something you don´t want to miss!