"Valley of Eternal Spring"
know as "Valley of Eternal Spring", is located some 2.5 hours west
from Quito at 2,100m in altitude, in a deep valley surrounded by
native Andean forest, represented by vegetation of three different
life zones, from the low subtropical forest to the cloud mountain
forest and the high paramo.
A drive from Quito takes approximately 2 hours. Due
to the difficult access, the ridges around the valley of Mindo have
not been used for agricultural purposes and the forest remains almost
Mindo is a birdwatcher's paradise
cloud forest is perhaps the ecosystem that holds the greatest variety
of birds and plants in the world. It includes birds and plants from
the rain forest, some from the highlands, and others that have evolved
in this unique ecosystem. Some of the most impressive bird species of
the cloud forest are: Cock of the Rock, an abundance of Hummingbirds,
Tanagers, Mountain Toucans, Cotingas, Manakins, among others.
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