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The Magical Hummingbirds of Mindo Ecuador

As we walked through the lush rainforest near Mindo, Ecuador, we didn’t know quite what to expect. Our guide, Xavier, said he had something special he wanted to show us, but that was a monumental understatement!

Hummingbirds Mindo EcuadorThese were the hummingbirds of San Tadeo Birding, known for their fearless nature and stunning plumage.

We made our way to a small clearing where Rolando, the hummingbird whisperer as we now refer to him, had more than a dozen feeders hanging from various hooks and tree limbs.

The hummingbirds fluttered about and whizzed by our heads like we were just another obstacle to barely avoid. It was like a dance, the way they moved so quickly and gracefully from feeder to feeder.

Rolando asked if we would like to hold a feeder in our hands to get up-close and personal with the hummingbirds. Of course we said yes! And held our breath as they landed on our hands, their tiny feet tickling our skin as they drank.

We watched in amazement as they flew circles around our heads, their wings a blur of motion. They were so close that we could feel the wind from their wings and see the shimmering iridescence of their feathers, each one a different shade of green, blue, and white.

It was an experience we will never forget, being surrounded by these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. The hummingbirds of Mindo captured our hearts, and we will always cherish the memories of this magical encounter.

Watch Our Hummingbird Video from Mindo Ecuador

 


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THIS COUNTRY STILL SURPRISES US! (Mindo Ecuador Cloud Forest)

This is Part 2 of our visit to the Cloud Forest of Mindo Ecuador, and it was even more AMAZING than the first!

In our last video we showed you a FLOCK of hummingbirds, but in this video, you’ll see birds at the opposite end of the size spectrum, but just as colorful!

Plus, we’ll take you along on a hike through the jungle that looked like it was straight out of Romancing the Stone!

We’re happy to introduce you to Anderson and Rolando, who took us to Las Cotingas Reserve in this video. They offer an amazing bird watching tour in Mindo, Ecuador that’s accessible to all ages.

Plus, Rolando also operates San Tadeo Birding, which is where we filmed the hummingbirds in our first video from Mindo.

For Mindo areas tours with Rolando and/or Anderson, submit this form…

For a private driver in the Mindo area or to/from Quito, submit this form…

Here are a few links to help you plan your visit:
Mindo Tarabita
Las Cotingas Reserve 
San Tadeo Birding

 


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THIS PLACE IS LIKE A FAIRYTALE!

This cloud forest has been on Amelia’s bucket list since we moved to Ecuador nearly 5 years ago, and we finally made it!

It’s located just 2 hours west of Quito, and it’s a truly magical place. It’s very popular with foreign and Ecuadorian tourists, so the town is very tourist oriented.

The Mindo Cloud Forest is mostly known for the wide variety of butterflies and birds, including hummingbirds, toucans, tanigers and many more. It’s a bird watchers paradise!

But it’s also popular with outdoor adventurers who enjoy hiking, riding ATVs, river rafting, mountain biking, etc. If you’re an outdoors person, you’ll love Mindo Ecuador!

Links to help plan your visit:
San Tadeo Birding (Hummingbirds)
Toucan Platinum Suites
Yumbos Chocolate Mindo
Pizzeria El Tigrillo
Nathaly Jardín de Mariposas

 


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