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Richard Hernandez naturalist guide - Private Mindo cloud forest day tour

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Overview
We do offer:
natural history,
birding for beginners to amateur level,
botanizing in their natural habitat,
nature hikes from Easy to moderate-difficult level,
sustainable and local support.
OR WE CAN EVEN CUSTOMIZE THE TOUR FOR YOU.
What to Expect
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Via Calacali, km 91, San Miguel de los Bancos 170750 Ecuador

Birding
Hiking
Botanizing
Photography
Local food


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mindo Cloudforest.com, E28, Ecuador

A professional licensed guided will take to discover the nature wonders of the cloud forest. Discovering waterfalls, water cascades, endemic birds like toucans, tanagers and hummingbirds. Taste the local food, enjoy of the beautiful subtropical weather like.
To book with a professional expert is a different way of discovering and learning about people and nature. Fluent English spoken.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: El Pahuma Orchid Reserve, Quito Ecuador

A licensed naturalist guide with fluent Spanish/English spoken.
Discovering the nature wonders while hiking through easy or moderate hiking trails. Orchids, bromeliads, tree ferns, heliconias, reptiles, amphibians, trees, bioregulators, in general all the explanations from an local expert naturalist guide, his name is Richard Hernandez.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Tandayapa, Tandayapa, Pichincha Province

Excellent place for hiking and birding paradise.
Local place for trying an exotic local food (under request:)

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Nanegalito, Nanegalito, Pichincha Province

Charming little town where we do pass by without stopping. People on weekends come from the mountains to listen the service in the town and buy their suppliers.

Stop At: Mindo, Mindo, Pichincha Province

A charming town, local political parish.
We may stop here for lunch or any other attraction like: butterfly garden, water tubing, zip line,coffee or chocolate tour (under request):

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mitad Del Mundo, Avenida Manuel Cordova Galarza KM. 13/5, San Antonio de Pichincha, Quito 170180 Ecuador

A short stop by the Inty Ñan museum or Mitad del Mundo to visit the Equator line on the way back from the cloud forest.

Duration: 30 minutes
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up at 7:15 AM from any hotel or address within Quito.
We drop off between 16:00 PM to 17:30 PM as max. to your hotel or other address within Quito city.
Out of Quito an additional fee.
Departure Time
7:15 AM
Duration
9h
Inclusions
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed Naturalist English speaking guide
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Breakfast
  • Entry/Admission - Milpe Bird Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Mindo Cloudforest.com
  • Entry/Admission - El Pahuma Orchid Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Mitad Del Mundo
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Richard is super-knowledgeable and accommodating. He genuinely enjoys his work and his enthusiasm for it shines through. He began my tour by asking my preferences, and then he customized each aspect of the day to best suit my interests. He spent time on the right things and
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Response from natureEcuador, Owner at Richard Hernandez naturalist guide - Private Mindo cloud forest day tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much. Like I do always think, you made all this possible, I was just your guide here in the Mindo cloud forest. I did enjoy your company and brilliant and open mind for suggestions. Muchas gracias Señor.
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Richard is an excellent guide! I now look at plants in a whole different way. He tailored the tour to what we wanted to do and see! I highly recommend Richard because he wants you to have an excellent tour and meet your interests. We had a wonderful homemade lunch! We saw a
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Response from natureEcuador, Owner at Richard Hernandez naturalist guide - Private Mindo cloud forest day tour
Responded 22 Nov 2019
Thanks to you for your worth visit. People like you who are travelling around the world makes the nature shares its bounties with you. Thank you so much for allowing me to help. I do sincerely appreciate your support to the local people and eco concern. I will try to keep doing what I love: people and nature. Thank you very much.
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Richard is an exceptional guide, he was able to show us a number of the very unique birds in the Mindo cloud forest. He has a great sense of humour which really adds to the enjoyment of the tour. He was also aware of dietary requirements including vegan and gluten free.
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Response from natureEcuador, Owner at Richard Hernandez naturalist guide - Private Mindo cloud forest day tour
Responded 22 Nov 2019
You made all of these possible thank you so much for your worth visit, it was a pleasure to help.
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I cannot recommend Richard enough. I admit I was a little worried about meeting a strange man, and his driver, at 4am in the middle of Quito and driving into the mountains with them but Richard quickly put me at ease. He ensured I felt safe and was comfortable the entire time.
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Response from natureEcuador, Owner at Richard Hernandez naturalist guide - Private Mindo cloud forest day tour
Responded 22 Nov 2019
Thank you very much for coming to visit the cloud forest and let me be your local guide. I feel very happy to hear you did enjoy the tour.
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Mindo Cloud Forest Day Tours
85 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
hiroshi_chicago
10
Infectious Enthusiasm
Richard is super-knowledgeable and accommodating. He genuinely enjoys his work and his enthusiasm for it shines
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debrad328
10614
A wonderful day and Richard was an excellent guide!
Richard is an excellent guide! I now look at plants in a whole different way. He tailored the tour to what we
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973chrisr
Brisbane, Australia
132
Birding and nature tour
Richard is an exceptional guide, he was able to show us a number of the very unique birds in the Mindo cloud
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Kristine B
Raleigh, North Carolina
199
Highly recommended by solo female traveler
I cannot recommend Richard enough. I admit I was a little worried about meeting a strange man, and his driver, at
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Aurel K
11
CHOCO BIRDING DAY - ENDEMIC 2
We did the tour "Mindo - Choco Bird Endemic 2" in Nov 2018, because we wanted to see the biggest local birds
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lynnerose13
Billericay, United Kingdom
112
Beautiful place
We only spent a day here. We went to a cocoa and coffee farm which was interesting, had lunch at the Food Store
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Farica J
Thunder Bay, Canada
2014
Passionate, kind tour guide
Don't believe any negative reviews about Richard, he is an experienced, knowledgeable tour guide that enjoys
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Writefully
London, United Kingdom
172228
A long way for a nice rain forest
6 hour round trip to see a lovely rain forest. Cold cloudy day so no swimming for me. Zip lining wasn’t appealing
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sixweeksoff
Hudson River Valley, New York
5372
Wonderful tour of the cloud forest
We took a custom tour of the cloud forest with Richard in October. Richard is a goldmine of knowledge regarding
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hfinb
San Marino, California
198
Hummingbirds galore
We visited here as part of a day tour from Quito. The hummingbirds are beautiful, very accommodating and of too
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Stuart W
26
Excellent trip to Choco Cloud Forest
Richard organised an excellent 4 day trip centred around Mindo. My guide Marcello was very knowledgeable and we
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Graham2109
Tunbridge Wells, UK
101113
Fantastic experience
So glad that we found Richard’s details on a previous Tripadvisor report. This was our first trip to Ecuador and,
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bebe1971
Waco, Texas
6932
Amazing Day!
My husband and I recently spent a day with Richard in the Cloud Forest outside Quito. It was an amazing day! We
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seejay54
Collingswood, New Jersey
717
A Truly Bizarre Day Spent with Richard Hernandez
Women, Ecuadorians, and foreigners: Beware of Richard Hernandez of mindocloudforest.com and his sexist and
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kyle3456
Tampa, Florida
33
Cloud forest tour, chocolate factory, ziplining day trip
Booked a tour with Richard Hernandez. He was the best guide we had during our vacation in Quito. I was hesitant to
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  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
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