The zipline was a lot of fun! I think they provided transport from the office in town to the site (which wasn't all that far). Where are you staying in Mindo?
We have not decided yet. We are also considering Bellavista though it sounds like a destination for birders. Mindo sounds like we would have beautiful scenery and has more options for things to do. We are open to suggestions on where to stay and where the best hiking trails are.
We stayed at the Yellow House which is just on the outskirts of town. There were always taxis waiting at the plaza in town. We went hiking twice to the waterfalls. We took a taxi there and there was usually a taxi waiting after hiking or you can just wait until a taxi drops someone off.
I know there are taxis pretty much everywhere . I have been told by our hostel owner to just catch a taxi so that leads me
to believe there are.
We also stayed at Yellow House and I highly recommend it. There are some great hiking trails on the property and the owners are lovely people. Taxis are easy to find in town, or just get your hotel to call one. Keep in mind thought that the taxis are mostly just white utes/pickup trucks - they are not generally labelled as taxis.
We are leaning towards Yellow House and have begun to look at taking the bus from Quito to Mindo and taking the bus back to Quito on the day of our flight home. I have read a couple of post stating the bus lets you off on the main highway. We would not want to walk far with our luggage. I'm also considering hiring a private driver or taxi to take us all the way back to the airport on the day of our flight home. I know we could take the bus and get a taxi on to the airport, but it would make the trip back much less complicated as far as schedule and arranging a taxi from the bus station on to the airport. I would love to hear back from anyone who has experience with either.
Take the Flor del Valle bus line from La Ofelia, which goes into Mindo and drops you off at the "terminal"--just a ticket office, really.Edited: 21 November 2016, 12:10
There is no need to purchse in advance, but if you are traveling on a weekend or holiday you might plan to take an early bus, or, if later in the day, show up earlier to purchase your ticket. The bus back can get sold out for the same circumstances, so buy your return ticket a day ahead. The "terminal" in Mindo is very small and centrally located on the main drag.
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