About Mindo, Ecuador

Nestled in a valley of the Andes Mountains, the Spanish for California Nurses Continuing Education Courses take place in the small town of Mindo, located at a 1 1/2-2 hour car drive, northwest of Ecuador’s capital, Quito.  Mindo has a population of approximately 5,000, and is at an elevation of 3,500-4,000 feet above sea level.  It is located in what is known as the Chocó Andean Corridor, known to be one of the most biologically diverse hot spots in the world. The town of Mindo is known worldwide for its biodiversity of birds, containing 22% of Ecuador’s bird life, which accounts for more than 400 of 1500 species of birds found in all of Ecuador.

Mindo is best suited for the nature lover, in what is known as a subtropical cloud forest.  Days typically exhibit 2 seasons in 24 hours, with mornings becoming slightly humid and reaching the 80’s F, while the afternoons/evenings end in clouded, cool nights that can dip into the 50’s F.   It is weather for layering, and depending on the time of year, also weather for rain jackets and rubber boots.  The dry season is typically June/July-December/January, and the rainy season is typically December/January-June/July.  During the rainy season, Mindo is usually still gifted with warm, sunny mornings and cloudy, rainy afternoons.  During the dry season, the weather is very much the same, just with much less rain in the afternoons.

Activities in Mindo consist of:

  • birding
  • hiking
  • tubing down rivers
  • zip lines
  • mountain climbing
  • bike riding
  • butterfly farm
  • coffee tours
  • orchids (Ecuador is known for its extensive variety)
  • chocolate tours (a hands on production from raw nibs to the final product)
  • horseback riding
  • frog concert
  • tarabita (rustic, open air gondola leading to many trails and waterfalls)
  • night walk and tour of nighttime creatures

The housing accommodations in Mindo are located in the countryside, at a hacienda 1 1/2 miles from the town and within walking distance or short taxi rides of all activities.  The hacienda is for the ecologically inclined traveler, as it is completely “off the grid” and functions entirely on solar panels for electricity, while relying on a nearby waterfall for its water supply.  Please note that hair dryers are strictly prohibited, while computers, cell phones and c-paps are all able to charge without restriction.  Restaurant services are available apart from the already included meals, and a natural, spring-fed pool is onsite for refreshingly cool dips on warm, sunny days.

Sleeping accommodations are as follows:

  • 1 house with 2 full bathrooms and 4 private bedrooms
  • 1 cottage with 1 full bathroom and 2 private bedrooms
  • 1 cabin with 1 full bathroom and 1 private bedroom

Sleeping accommodations are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, and per request.  If traveling with friends or family, please contact us so that we can accommodate, though please understand that your companion(s) may take a spot from other fellow nurses in the course (and be charged as such), depending on your situation.

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