Cloud forest and grassland near Mindo
|Cantons||San Miguel de Los Bancos|
|• Type||Paroquial Junta|
|• President||Miguel Patiño|
|Time zone||ECT (UTC-5)|
Mindo From a political standpoint, Mindo is a parish of 268 km2 located within the province of Pichincha, in northwestern Ecuador, Biogeographically, Mindo is a mountainous watershed, nestled in the western slopes of the Andes, where two of the most biologically diverse ecoregions in the world meet: the Chocoan lowlands and the Tropical Andes. In this transitional area, which ranges from 960 to 3440 m, three large rivers (Mindo, Saloya and Cinto) and hundreds of streams irrigate the landscape, a patchwork of native mountainous forests, secondary forests, pastures, crops and human settlements
From a touristic standpoint, Mindo is a world-renowned destination considered to be one of the most heavily visited locations in Ecuador. The demand for tourism in Mindo is enormous, Every year, nearly 200,000 tourists visit the area to enjoy activities such as rafting, tubing, trekking, canopy, mountain biking, canyoning, birdwatching, horseback riding and herping. Indeed, Mindo is a paradise for tourists; besides the well-developed tourism infrastructure, Mindo offers a well-established system of private reserves and lodges famous for their enchanted montane forests, waterfalls and unique cloud forest biodiversity. If not privately protected, much of the land (exactly 85.96 km2) falls within the Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo.
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