Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Mindo and the cloud forest

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When is the best time to visit Mindo and the cloud forest?

The cloud forest has an all year round spring-like climate with temperatures averaging 21°C.  There are on average a few hours of sunshine every day. The driest months are Jun-Aug. Mindo and the hotels and tourist attractions in the region can be busy at weekends and at national holidays.

What language is spoken in Mindo?

The main language spoken in Mindo is Spanish.

What currency do I need in Mindo?

The US dollar is the main currency used in Mindo. There are no banks in the Mindo region, bring your cash from Quito or another town where there are banks and ATMs.

What is the time difference between Mindo and the UK?

The time difference between Mindo and the UK is GMT -5 hours.

What places combine well with Mindo?

The Avenue of the Volcanoes, 98 km; the thermal springs at Papallacta, 45 km; Otavalo and the northern highlands, 68 km.     

How do you get to Mindo?

It's a drive of 2-2.5 hrs to Mindo from Quito.

What are the festivals, cultural and sporting events in Buenos Aires?

Fiesta de Mindo takes place on the weekend closest to the18th May. There are church masses, parties, tubing and other sports.

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