FAQs

FAQs

What is a private tour?

Tours range in length from one to seven days and include lodging, meals, and a range of activities led by a private, bilingual naturalist guide.  All transportation and taxes are included as well.

How much does it cost?

Each tour is priced according to the number of guests, and the specific interests of the tour. Please inquire for pricing.

How far in advance do I need to book a tour?

In order to secure your entrance to private reserves and guide availability, we recommend that you book your tour at least one month in advance, however, we are often able to accommodate last minute requests. 

Can you accommodate persons with limited mobility on tours?

Yes.  We have the ability to customize tours to meet the needs of our guests. Be sure to indicate the physical abilities of those in your party when you book a tour.

Are your tours family friendly?

Yes!  Our guides are experienced in accommodating the interests and needs of guests of all ages. Be sure to let us know if you will be traveling with young children or seniors who may need special attention.

Do I need to bring my own binoculars or scope?

All of our guides carry spotting scopes to assist in viewing wildlife from a distance.  We highly recommend that guests bring their own binoculars, but have a few extra pairs to lend if needed.

Do you offer any photography tours?

Yes.  We are very aware of the specific needs of photographers on our tours and look forward to providing excellent opportunities for capturing the very best shots.  Check out our special Photography Tours here.

Is there a best season to see the birds?

The best part about offering tours on the Equator is that the bird watching is superb all year round. The opportunities to observe unique tropical bird species are fantastic at any time of year.

What kind of weather should I expect in Mindo?

Mindo is known as the “Land of Eternal Spring” due to the temperate climate all year long.  The temperature ranges from 18 - 22 degrees Celsius. Expect rain in the afternoons.  Mornings tend to be dry and clear.  The rainy season runs from Dec to June and the dry season from July to Nov.  Keep in mind that rain is still common in the dry season.

What should I bring?

In order to be prepared, we recommend that all guests bring the following:

  • A warm layer for cool evenings
  • A light, waterproof raincoat
  • A light, long sleeved shirt for protection from insects and sun exposure
  • A pair of lightweight, long pants for sun and insect protection
  • Thick socks or soft soled slippers for indoor use (we ask that outdoor shoes be removed inside the cabins and main lodge).
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Small day pack suitable for hiking and touring
  • Sunscreen and natural, non-toxic insect repellant
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Walking or hiking shoes with good tread

How much time will I spend in the car getting to our destinations?

Some activities begin at the front door of Casa Divina Lodge and others require transportation of up to one and a half hours by car.

Should I bring my own bird book?

Regional and local bird lists are provided to all tour guests.  The best birding experiences are when you have access to a proper field guide.  Field guides are available for purchase at Casa Divina Lodge.

What about food?

Meals are included in all tour packages. We also recommend that you carry your own snacks. Please indicate dietary restrictions or food allergies when booking.

Will I be able to fill my water bottle?

Always plan to fill your water bottle at Casa Divina Lodge upon departure for your tours. In the case of all day tours, your guide will provide water for refilling throughout the day.

What other kinds of tours are available?

Although Mindo is primarily known for it’s premier birdwatching, SabinaTour Operator also offers hiking, family, adventure, photography and naturalist tours.  

What if I don’t speak Spanish?

Not a problem! Our staff and guides speak both English and Spanish. You will find that Ecuadorians in general are quite friendly and patient with non-Spanish speakers.