Duration: 2 days- 1 night
Walking distance: 22 Km
Rating: Moderately Difficult*
Altitude: The trek involves a continue descent from the zone around Palmira (2.600 m) to the Mindo Valley (1.200 m).
Best time to visit: From June to December.*
Observations: There are not mule drivers for this trek so trekkers will have to carry their own sleeping bags and insulate mats. Porters may be hired with an extra cost but is not really needed. Most of the trek takes place within the Mindo- Nambillo Protected Forest. While Mindo is a well-known relaxing destination and increasingly known as a hot spot of diversity and for birdwatching (350 bird species native to the area), the trek still remains a bit off the beaten track. Rainning boots is a must. The temperature along the trek ranges from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius so cold clothe is not needed besides a good polar vest and water proof outfit.
TREK DESCRIPTION: The trek is delight for its rapid changes of vegetation. It will take you from the humid high forest on the slopes of the still active Guagua Pichincha Volcano (near Quito) to the lush vegetation of the humid subtropical rain forest of the Mindo Valley and surroundings. Most of the way we will follow the Rio Cinto. The last eruption of Guagua Pichincha in 1999-2001 has left its mark on parts of its trail with some volcanic evidence. The area is also home of wide variety of orchids, mammals, and butterflies.