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Mindo Butterfly Farm (Mariposas de Mindo)
Mindo Butterfly Farm (Mariposas de Mindo)

Mindo Butterfly Farm (Mariposas de Mindo)

Sector La Yaguira Baja a 2 km del pueblo de Mindo, Mindo, 171202

The Basics

Mindo Butterfly Farm is one of Mindo’s most popular attractions, so book your ticket in advance to ensure speedy entry. To maximize your time in Mindo, visit the butterfly farm as part of a flexible sightseeing pass or hassle-free guided tour, some of which you can personalize with options such as visiting a chocolate factory, ziplining, and hiking. To extend your time on the farm, stay at the Hostería Mariposas de Mindo hotel.

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Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest,Butterfly Farm, Chocolate Tour bird watching
Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest,Butterfly Farm, Chocolate Tour bird watching
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$90.00 per adult
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A Fun Day in Mindo
Francisco and Marco were my guides and I highly recommend them. They took very good care of me on the private tour and helped me select the things that I would like to do in Mindo. Francisco speaks excellent English and is great a great communicator. These guys made the day light hearted and fun. They took me to all of the things that I wanted to do in Mindo. I’ve traveled a lot, but never have done a private tour. I highly recommend it! Ask for Francisco and Marco!
cherylbaldwin2015, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Mindo

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Great day to learn about...
helen_m, Aug 2021
Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest,Butterfly Farm, Chocolate Tour bird watching
Great day to learn about the what Ecuador has to offer! We went to the center of the world, a hummingbird garden, a butterfly garden, chocolate factory, drove through a cloud forest, and zip lining. One thing that surprised us and was not disclosed (at least we didn't see it) was we needed to bring cash to pay for all the places he brought us. It was not expensive, but we used all the cash we had on this excursion.
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Awesome tour!
Cyndi H, Sep 2019
Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest,Butterfly Farm, Chocolate Tour bird watching
This tour, which we arranged through Viator, was through Andean Roots. Our guide, Christian, was more than we expected. He was friendly, polite, and so informative. He was a great driver, as the roads can be a challenge. We saw hummingbirds, orchids, butterflies and toured an artisanal chocolate factory. We had a delightful trip seeing a part of Ecuador we had not seen before. It would not have been as good had we not had such an excellent guide.
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Our great Mindo Cloud Forest tour.
Collin_A, Feb 2020
Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest,Butterfly Farm, Chocolate Tour bird watching
We had a wonderful day on our tour. Our guide, Patricio, was absolutely top-notch and went out of his way to ensure that we had a great time. Patricio is Ecuadorian, born in Ecuador, and raised in the Toronto area so he speaks perfect Spanish and English. We enjoyed the very informative tour of the Yumbos Chocolate artisan factory, that produces incredible chocolate and supports local women's coops. We then toured up the Mindo river to watch the rafters. It was then off to the Marioposario Nathaly to photograph hummingbirds, orchids, and butterflies. After delicious lunch, we started back towards Quito with a stop in the town of Calacali at one of the Equator monuments. It was off to Inti Nan Museum, referred to as the "real equator", where we had fun balancing eggs on the head of a nail and experimenting with draining tubs on each side of the equator and watching the direction of the water as it drained. Patricio then took us back to our hotel at the end of the tour.
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Chocolate Factory
Gillian_R, Sep 2019
Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest,Butterfly Farm, Chocolate Tour bird watching
We skipped the humming birds, as had seen them on our tour, but the butterfly area was nice, with plenty of varied butterflies. The chocolate factory was my real draw, and it was excellent. We were shown from start to finish how the choc. bar was made, given a plate of fruit and thick choc in which to dip it, a shot glass of choc. liqueur, and finally, a tray of samples of the various kinds of bars they made. I was positively high on chocolate when we finally left! Marcus was an excellent guide for this. He answered questions when asked, and also took us to see the original Mitad al Mundo monument, as he said we might not see it if not. Very nice man.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mindo Butterfly Farm is a must for nature lovers and Instagrammers alike.

  • The butterfly farm isn’t entirely accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • There’s an on-site restaurant and gift store.

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How to Get There

Mindo Butterfly Farm is an easy 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) walk from the center of Mindo. Alternatively, go as part of an organized tour with transportation included.

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When to Get There

Mindo is popular among day-trippers and Quito residents—avoid the weekends for a quieter visit. To see the butterflies in full flight, stop by Mindo Butterfly Farm when the weather is warm; however, the climate-controlled indoor garden usually promises a good experience year-round.

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Explore Mindo

After a couple of hours at the Mindo Butterfly Farm, active travelers can hike into the surrounding cloud forest, full of spectacular views. Alternatively, food lovers might return to town for a guided tour of Yumbos artisanal chocolate shop, including plenty of chocolate samples and a glass of chocolate beer.

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