Ecuador, Mindo Cloud Forest
is a very special site, not only for birdwatchers. The town of Mindo
itself has a beautiful orchid display, a butterfly center, and other
tourist and scientific attractions.
Opportunities for rafting in the nearby rivers are
also offered. The people from the town have also invented a fun water
sport: rafting on big water tubes on not-so-wild rivers.
The Mindo Nambillo forest is a protected
The Mindo-Nambillo Forest is a protected reserve
harbouring a great variety of birds as well as orchids and bromeliads.
This beautiful valley is located at 0° 00'46”
latitude north, amidst the exuberant vegetation of the cloud forest
northeast of Quito.
Mindo is an area of historic ornithological
studies, where early collectors and ornithologists discovered or
collected many species (e.g., see Chapman 1926). Due to its critically
important role in the conservation of numerous rare and endemic
species, Mindo was designated South America's first Important Bird
Area (IBA) by BirdLife International (1997).
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