|Cock-of-the-Rock (Peru's national bird)|
The Cloud Forest is home to 400 species, many endemic to the Mindo region. Breakfast at the hostel and an hour or so in the hammock provided views of numerous
|Park in center of town|
forest to see birds. The area also offers tubing, zip lining, and extensive hiking opportunities for the adventure oriented. With a population of only around 3000, Mindo offers a surprising number of restaurants, no doubt due to the large number of tourist that visit the area. One place specialized in the "Inca Food of the Gods"- quinoa, and almost everything on the menu was made with this seed, which originated in the Andean regions thousands of years ago.
Primarily, we did some serious relaxing, hanging out by the river and multiple walks, in the rain, into town for meals.
|Black-chinned Mountain Tanager|
|In search of the Giant Antpitta, which eluded us|