Hi everyone, I'm planning a trip to the Quito area in mid-June and am looking for some hiking opportunities in primary cloud forest. It seems most of the options around Mindo (through package tours or lodges) are a collection of short guided hikes and other activities - I don't have much interest in animal sighting and would just prefer one or two half- or full-day hikes on my own, though a guide is fine too if that's the only option.
I won't have a vehicle, so is anyone aware of any lodges or tours that allow access to some more intense exploration? I've been to a lot of rainforests before so I don't need much of an introduction. (I'll probably have time to spend two nights.)
Also, the consensus seems to be that Mindo is the place to go for cloud forest, but I have read about some other reserves in the region that seem to offer more of this sort of thing. Generally they seem harder to get to - but I'm open to recommendations beyond Mindo as well.