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2.2.7 Mindo Loma

The Mindo Loma preserve is a small, 10 hectare, private protected forest owned by the Herrera family.  The brothers, Boris and Patricio Herrera, are master naturalists with a passion for bird-watching and nature photography.  Most of the forest in the preserve is a tall second-growth in very good condition.


Middle Montane Forest.



Mindo Loma

The Mindo Loma preserve is easily accessible from the Mindo valley or any of the surrounding lodges or hotels in this area.  The reserve also has clean and comfortable rooms and for a reasonable price they provide full board. You can easily use the Mindo Loma lodge as your base camp to explore all the Mindo area, and the sites at a lower elevation along the Quito-Calacali-La Independencia Highway.   For further information regarding Mindo Loma and their facilities visit their web site

There are many buses running on the Quito-Calacali-La   Independencia Highway that reach the entrance to Mindo Loma.  Boris and Patricio Herrera can assist you in finding the special birds of Mindo Loma.  A walk inside forest and up the stream is a fine place to look for the Hoary Puffleg.  You will be required to have rubber boots as you walk sections of the creek to look for the bird.



Mindo Loma

To get there, drive along the Quito-Calacali-La Independencia Highway, and from the entrance to Maquipucuna at Nanegalito it is 56.4 km from Quito.  Begin at Ave. Dr.  Manuel Cordova Galarza starts at the intersection of Av. De la Prensa and Av. Mariscal Antonio Jose de Sucre at a driving circle on the northwest end of the city.  From the Maquipucuna entrance in Nanegalito drive for further 18.0 km or 74.4 km from Quito, toward Mindo and you will see the entrance to Mindo Loma, a dirt side road will be on your left side.  Look for the sign pointing to “Mindo Loma”.

(Click here to download Map. Mindo Loma English).

An easier way to visit the place will be starting from The Mindo Valley.   Taking as a reference the “Mindo cut off”, drive along the highway for 4.1 km toward Quito.   The dirt side road will be on your right side and you will see a sign pointing to “Mindo Loma”.

The side road heading to Mindo Loma goes up a steep hill.   After only 200+ meters you will reach to the parking lot in front of the Lodge. The fruit feeders at Mindo Loma will probably be your best opportunity for seeing the Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager.   When the trees are fruiting, the forest around the main house is also a good place to look for the Orange-breasted Fruiteater.   At times the fruiteater can also be seen along the trails inside forest not too far from the main house.   The seasonal and sporadic Black Solitaire has also been seen near the main house. The reserve has a few trails you can take to bird inside the forest.   One of the trails follows a small forest stream; during the rainy season robber boots will be necessary to visit it.  Taking this trail and following the small creek upstream will provide the best opportunity here to see the rare and local Hoary Puffleg.

Birds to look for

Mindo Loma

Second-growth   (2G), Forest (F), Hummingbird feeders (hf), Fruit feeders (ff), Forest   Streams (FS)

Common: Brown Violetear (hf), Purple-bibbed Whitetip (hf),   Fawn-breasted Brilliant (hf), Brown Inca (hf), Collared Inca (hf), Velvet-purple   Coronet (hf), Buff-tailed Coronet (hf), Booted Racket-tail (hf), Violet-tailed   Sylph (hf), Andean Emerald (hf), Purple-throated Woodstar (hf), Red-faced   Spinetail (2G, F), Montane Woodcreeper (2G, F), Ornate Flycatcher (2G, F), Flavescent   Flycatcher (2G, F), Brown-capped Vireo (2G, F), Andean Solitaire (2G, F), Three-striped   Warbler (2G, F), Orange-bellied Euphonia (2G, F), Golden Tanager (2G, F), Beryl-spangled   Tanager (2G, F), Black-capped Tanager (2G, F), Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager (2G,   F), Dusky Bush-Tanager  (2G, F), Chocó   Brush-Finch (2G, F).

Uncommon: Empress Brilliant (hf), Scaly-throated   Foliage-gleaner (2G, F), Spotted Barbtail (2G, F), Lineated Foliage-gleaner (2G,   F), Streak-capped Treehunter (2G, F), Spotted Woodcreeper (2G, F), Capped   Conebill (2G, F), Black-chinned Mountain-Tanager (ff, 2G, F), Western   Hemispingus (2G, F).

Rare: Hoary Puffleg (FS),Orange-breasted Fruiteater (2G,   F).

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Meet the Author

Lelis Navarrete – Birding tour leader. Lelis has 19 years of experience as a birding guide and naturalist in the field. He has led groups of birders throughout most of Latin America, guiding frequently in countries like his native country of Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Panama. A Biology B.Sc. graduate from Universidad Católica in Quito, Lelis has supported Jocotoco Foundation since its founding in 1998 and was an active Board Member until 2010 supporting Ecuadorian bird and wildlife conservation. Lelis divides his time between his two great passions in life: birding and spending time with his wife Solange and son Fabian with whom he lives in Quito.


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