Although the town is not particularly attractive, Mindo does hold a certain ramshackle charm. The area attracts visitors primarily for the wonderful setting within the misty and dense surrounding cloud forests. Here is where two of the world’s most biologically diverse ecoregions meet: the Chocoan Lowlands and Tropical Andes. Surrounded with private reserves and rustic nature lodges, the region is relatively easy to access as it is just a few hours’ drive from Quito. The areas is home to wildlife including pumas, spectacle bears and monkeys, however you are more likely to come here to spot some of the 600 recorded bird species – this incredible area is a bird enthusiast’s paradise. Those prepared to rise early will be rewarded with sightings such as the famous Cock-of-the Rock, often seen strutting to attract mates, proudly displaying their blood-red and orange feathers. For the adrenaline-junkies, many outdoor activities can be booked in Mindo including rafting, zip-lining, and mountain biking.