This area has become a refugee for many species that can be observed in their wild state the Flora Fauna Mindo. Mindo Ecuador (Cloud Forest) weather is characterised for its humidity, fresh and green vegetation. The best time to visit it, it is all year.
As indicated before, the Lodge is located in one of the richest areas of bird bio diversity in the world. For that reason Urcu Puyujunda Cloud Forest Lodge is the best destination for people who like nature, adventure and observing unique species.
The existence of remnants of primary forest allows for conservation of endemic species, such as deer, guatusa, guanta, sahino pig, dark eyed bear, pumas and wild cuy (similar to a guinea pig). Other species that can be found there are:
Mammals: many mammals, including lion, squirrel, armadillo, tigrillo (similar to a tiger) and skunk.
Reptiles: lizard and snake.
Bird life: a variety of birds such as sparrow hawk, hummingbirds and cock of the rock.
Insects: butterflies and spiders, among others.
Amphibians: different species of frog.
Crustaceans: crab and snail, among others.
The slopes of the Andes are dressed with a wonderful dense ecosystem: the Cloud Forest. This ecosystem, also called “Andean eyebrow” due to its generous vegetation, is one of the most diverse in the world.
This system that appears in very irregular terrain is characterised by a non-continuous canopy cover, enabling the sun rays to penetrate and generate exuberant and unique vegetation forms. This area has become a refugee for many species that can be observed in their wild state. Here you can find many endemic species characteristic of the Cloud Forest such as: Epiphytes, for example heliconia, orchids, bromeliads, and moss; varieties of ferns, for example liquens, Palms, Dragon’s Blood, Cinnamon tree, Arrayan, Matache, Guayabillo, Palche Jigua, Aguacatillo, Walnut, Alders, Cedar, Guarumo, Linden; herbaceous plants, for example chilca, manzano, guaba, blackberry and cherry, among many others.