Things with wings in Mindo, Ecuador

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‘Where oh where do we want to spend our last weekend in Ecuador?’ we asked ourselves.

We weren’t too impressed by Ecuador’s beach weather this time of year: gloom and drizzle all around. In fact, I didn’t even put on my swimsuit until we went snorkeling. After our whale-watching tour, we were about ready to head on.

Quito was out, purely because it is a city and we don’t really like cities.

After perusing the guide book a little bit, we landed on Mindo, which had been on our original loose list of places we wanted to visit in Ecuador. Mindo is only about an hour and a half from Quito, so it seemed completely do-able to go up for a few days and then work our way back down for our midnight flight on Monday.

Arriving in the cloud forest town of Mindo in mid-morning, we were greeted by more sunshine than we had seen since we were last in the cloud forest for our first two weeks of this trip…wierd 🙂

Other than the lovely sunshine, things with wings were what defined our time in Mindo. The Mariposario, or butterfly farm, was where we got our first dose of things with wings.

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cool orchids!

cool orchids!

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Shiny chrysalis 'designed' to be disguised as a water droplet near water.

Shiny chrysalis ‘designed’ to be disguised as a water droplet near water.

Soaking my injured ankle in the cold Mindo river on our walk to the Mariposario.

Soaking my injured ankle in the cold Mindo river on our walk to the Mariposario.

After the Mariposario, we still hadn’t had our fill of flutter. We paid $3 to spend a couple hours sitting on the deck of one of the hostels and observing the multitude of hummingbirds in the garden. The owner told us that there are about 150 species of hummingbird in Ecuador, and about 28 species visit his garden. We were also lucky enough to spot on of the larger jungle birds of the area, the Rufous Motmot.

The orange head of the Rufous Motmot bird.

The orange head of the Rufous Motmot bird.

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