Two-Day Tour of Bird-Watching, Cacao Farms and Chocolate Tasting

Quito, Ecuador

Experience Rating

Go off the beaten track to Mindo and Los Bancos for a close encounter with Ecuador’s wildlife during this 2-day tour with an informative guide. Discover vivid birdlife, butterflies and other creatures of the cloud forest during guided hikes and visits to bird sanctuaries. Enjoy chocolate tasting at an organic family farm specializing in cacao, where you’ll learn about the growing process and production of the finest Ecuadorian cocoa.
  • 2-day nature tour of Mindo and Los Bancos from Quito
  • Embark on a guided hike in the Bellavista Reserve
  • Visit Ecuador’s largest butterfly farm
  • Walk in the cloud forest canopy or go river tubing
  • Look for toucans and hummingbirds while birdwatching
  • Tour an organic cacao farm and enjoy a chocolate tasting
  • Includes overnight accommodation with 3-course dinner and breakfast

Overnight accommodation
Bottled water
Food tasting
All activities
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Afternoon tea
Private tour
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Hotels in Quito

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Original departure point
Day 1: Quito - Mindo - Los Bancos (D)

Pick-up at your hotel in Quito at 9am. On the road to Mindo, you will appreciate the different landscape while the altitude changes, which fluctuates between 1500 and 1800 meters above sea level.

At 10:15am, you'll arrive at Bellavista Reserve. Several trails are available. You'll have time to do one trail (of your choice with your guide) and have a cup of local coffee. When you return, you will have lunch in the reserve (lunch is not included).

At 12:40pm, you'll get to visit a Butterfly Farm. The largest butterfly farm in Ecuador is a great place to visit with kids. At 1:30pm, it'll be time for exploring the canopy or other adventure activities such as walking, tubing, etc.

At 5pm, it's time to visit "El Descanso", an amazing place where you will see a lot of birds such as toucans and hummingbirds.

Overnight at El Encanto Resort (Dinner included).

Day 2 - Los Bancos - Mindo - Quito

The second day is full of delights. You'll have free time after the breakfast to enjoy the hotel facilities and at 10am approximately, you will leave for the organic cocoa farm, a delicious and very instructive visit of one hour.

We'll have lunch at "El Mirador" (lunch is not included). 

At 2 or 3pm, depending on timing, you'll have the second gourmet activity which includes a visit to El Quetzal to see how the organic cocoa is used. You'll have a chocolate tour, a chocolate testing and you will taste their unique flavor brownie! You'll also have the possibility to buy some of the finest chocolate and coffee of Ecuador produced in the area.

At 5pm, it'll be time to return to Quito. Drop-off at your hotel will be between 6:30 and 7pm.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • A small amount of walking is involved.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.Learn more about cancellations.
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