My friend invited me to Mindo, Ecuador and I was so happy I went. This town is worth a visit if you are in the region. I already wrote about Mindo, Ecuador Means Chocolate and about Mindo Cascades and Cable Cars. In this post, I write about the town, the food, and where we stayed, plus a few travel basics for Mindo.
Mindo is a village of about 3000 people in the Andean mountains. I loved walking around the cute town of Mindo, looking at storefronts, churches, how people lived, and the smiling faces of kids and parents everywhere.
Scenes In Mindo
Mindo seems like a sleepy town. But that is deceiving. It really comes alive in the early evening. And there is plenty to do in and around Mindo. In addition to chocolate, hiking, and frog concerts, Mindo has among the highest bird diversity in the world, so it is a paradise for bird watchers.
The following set of photographs highlights some of the views of the town.
Church in Mindo
Their beautiful Catholic Church still plays a big role in daily life. It was full for an event on Friday night.
Homes in Mindo
Eating in Mindo
I also loved the tastes of Mindo. The food was consistently excellent, fresh, real, and bargain priced. Keep in mind, a meal is meant to be slowly savored with friends and family. So do not expect the rush-rush service you regularly experience in the United States.
Mindo offers an extensive range of rustic accommodations – all very affordable by US standards. Many have their own restaurant and the food freshness and taste quality standards are very high – they take pride in what they serve.
We stayed at the Bio Hostal Mindo for about $30 a room a night, breakfast included. The rooms are large and comfortable, the layout is funky and social, and the food is fresh and delicious. The whole place was clean. The staff is friendly and kind.
- We flew on American Airlines from JFK to Quito (via Miami). The flight to Quito from Miami was about 4 hours 20 minutes with some great views if you get a window seat.
- There are a few options to get to Mindo from Quito, like the bus. Or rent a car like we did based on our parties size.
- Ecuador’s currency is the US Dollar so bring lots of cash and no need to change money. Like many countries, outside of big cities, you can not necessarily take out your card for every little thing.
- Outside of Quito, English speakers were far and few between. But people will try to communicate which is appreciated.