After five days in Quito we left the high altitude and spent two days in cloud forest where we stayed with the Ecuadorian family. The change in scenery, humidity and temperature was astonishing and for the first time in Ecuador we did not feel cold at night. Less than two hours drive from the capital, Mindo Forest Reserve is like from a different world. Ever present thick, dense clouds that increased in numbers with the late hours of the day limited the visibility in the evening to the streets we walked on.
We enjoyed two fun packed, adrenaline filled days, hiking to waterfalls, trying to eat flying caterpillars, travelling in over half a kilometer long tarabita (a type of cable car that comprises a big metal open basket with seats inside) suspended over canopy trees and covering over three kilometres zip-lining above bosque nublado.