Walk in the middle of colors, fabrics, precious metals, wooden crafts and nice characters that give life to one of the most famous indigenous markets in Ecuador. The market is a mixture of mestizo and indigenous people that has survived centuries of social and cultural changes. The indigenous markets still reflect the agony of the people for the hard work on the farm activities and the eagerness to obtain an economic income to solve perhaps only their basic needs selling their textiles, food, and handicrafts.
Immerse yourself in a thick area of plants, trees and wild flowers of the Cloud Forest which is located on the edge of the Andes Western Mountain Range. Mindo is 98 km away from the Quito city. This forest is the transition zone between the highlands and the coast. The altitude ranges from 2000 meters and 1000 meters above sea level. Mindo is part of the ecological corridor or hotspot so called Chocoan-Darien that goes over northen Ecuador. This eco-route is one of the most biodiverse and endangered habitats. UNESCO recognized Mindo as a Biosphere Reserve in 2018.
See many volcanoes and understand why this region was named "The Avenue of the Volcanoes" by the German naturalist scientific Alexander von Humboldt. Mountains and green pastures are your companions on this journey. Visit a local market as part of the itinerary in order to discover new fruits, tubers and vegetables from the Inter-Andean region. Dare to taste on the way up a guinea pig that is roasted above hot charcoal, this meat is considered a delicacy to people who are living in the rural areas. Finally find the mystical lagoon of the gods