Quito Mindo

3 nights. 4–10 pax. $165 in single room.

Tour leaders: Alejandro Arteaga, Lucas Bustamante, Jose Vieira, Frank Pichardo

Included. Package based on two people sharing a room. All meals and accommodation. All river and road transfers. Guides and tour leaders. Park entrance fees. Excluded. Additional nights due to flight cancellations. Alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks. Insurance of any kind. International and domestic airfares. Laundry. Phone calls or messages. Photo equipment. Visa fees.

Important! Read the Rules and recommendations

What to bring? Check out our suggested packing list.


After your arrival in Quito, we will drive two hours to the mysterious forests of Mindo. This region houses the greatest number of glassfrog species in the world, and the second greatest number of rainfrogs. There are good chances to photograph the elusive Pinocchio Anole (Anolis proboscis), the Ornate Rainfrog (Pristimantis ornatissimus) and the Mutable Rainfrog (Pristimantis mutabilis). Vipers are rare, but beautiful and, most of them, cloudforest endemics.

Bothriechis schlegelii
Nymphargus grandisonae
Bothrocophias campbelli
Anolis proboscis
Pristimantis appendiculatus
Nymphargus lasgralarias
Pristimantis crucifer
Pristimantis ornatissimus
Bothrops osbornei
Pristimantis mutabilis
Anolis aequatorialis
Centrolene ballux
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I can only thank you cordially and applaud you about our tour, how you arranged and conducted it, how you assisted and put the effort for a successful outcome. It's the best such tour I have experienced so far, likely because you are the best. My sincere congratulations.

Konrad Mebert, Switzerland

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We enjoyed exploring the forest with Alejandro Arteaga and learning from him about the Ecuadorian wildlife. Hopefully, we will be able to tour Ecuador again soon with Tropical Herping.

Gabriel Schmied, Switzerland

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The guides have a true passion for Ecuador’s natural resources. I was quite impressed not only with their ability to find species, but their attention to the well-being of the snakes and frogs we found. Their knowlege of herpetofauna and photography is amazing!

Judd Fite, United States

Why come with us?

We find you the animals
We help you get the shot
We use the money to fund our research
We use the money to conserve the choco