Just 90 minutes from Quito (67 kilometers) is this bird paradise. The symbol is the cock of the rock that is its best known species. A visit that should not miss is the `lek' which is the place where males are exhibited to attract female wings. For the beginners on their roads, the birds are common. Hummingbirds, tangaras, sun egrets, carpenters are common. Of the hundreds of types of birds identified, thirty are endemic, fifteen migratory, eight endangered and six endangered worldwide. For this reason, this place was declared "Important Bird Area", worldwide. The Protected Forest Mindo-Nambillo, of 19,200 hectares, is to the north-west of Pichincha. Its infrastructure offers the basic conditions for adventure tourism. - Worldnews.com

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