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Mr. Paul Greenfield (co-author of The Birds of Ecuador book) and Richard Hernandez Paul Greenfield and Richard Hernandez

About Richard Hernandez
Our passion for bird watching in the area of Mindo and its surroundings. Get great bird experiences with professional bird guides highly recommended on Tripadvisor. Mindo Birding Tour.com & Mindo Cloud Forest.com have become the team for the best promotion of such gift from God to the earth.
Our biggest challenge is finding the right, high-quality birding tours for the bird lovers we wanted to serve. Hence, our experts can comment:

Hello Richard:
Just a short note to thank you for a wonderful tour of the Cloud Forest on Sunday. Such a privilege to experience such an ecosystem with an knowledgeable guide! I will be in touch in the future for further tours as I will continue to be in Ecuador at least until the new airport opens in February 2013. Thanks again.

Amy and Jeff" 

Richard,
It's a few days ago now, but just to let you know that I had a great day birdwatching in Mindo on 8th May. The start of the day didn't look promising because it was very wet, but we ended up seeing about 70 species of birds before the rain came back.  As a bonus, we were interviewed by a TV crew. Thanks again for organising this trip for me at short notice. As a keen birdwatcher, it would have been a real shame if I had missed this one-day opportunity to visit the birding capital of the world !
Kind regards Neal

Dear Richard:
We are back home and safe and sound just want to let you know how much we appreciated your guiding and your helped to make Mindo a wonderful climax to our Ecuadorean adventure. We loved your insights and how you tailored our days to what we wanted to explore and see. If we visit again we will be sure to look you up... and may be you can visit us. Thank you again... take care of yourself and your family. Sincerely,
Laurie and Rex Farley" 

Amazin Day!
It was the only one on the tour for the day and the tour still went! He was great. explained everything and was so friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend this day trip to anyone that comes to Quito. Really a great deal!
Ema Mifar - Los Angeles US.

A trip not to miss
We scheduled a bird watching trip with Richard Hernandez for a lay over day after a cruise to the Galapagos. Our trip to Ecuador would not have been as wonderful if we had not taken the trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest. Richard emailed and asked if we wanted to see the "Cock of the Rock" and if we did we would have to get up and be ready to go at 4:00AM from our hotel in Quito. The group of 4 said we would be ready. Richard was on time and off we went on the adventure of a life time. We though nothing could top our cruise. Although getting to the ranch where the birds are was not for the faint of heart(rains had washed out the bridge and we fordged the stream) and then hiked for about a half hour into the jungle, only to find out the a group of world travelers from Europe had already made it before us. I might add this was in complete darkness, so bring a flashlight. At the lookout we were rewarded with a view of the birds putting on a show at dawn and on the hike back added another 10-15 birds to our life lists. For breakfast we went to a lodge where we added 18 different hummingbirds and many other birds that came right up to the table. The birds were amazing. It was like being in a movie for public television. We visited the Butterfly Garden which was very well done and then lunch at another location that had feeders covered with new hummingbirds. Richard knew all the names of the birds we saw and had local stories about all the flora and fauna. We all agreed that our trip to Ecuador would not have been as wonderful as it was if we had not spent the day with Richard in Cloud Forest. I want to add that the average age of our group of four was 73 and although it was a little rough hike in the morning we all made it and Richard made sure that we were all safe and well taken care of throughout the day. 
Cynthia B.

Hello:
Ricardo Hernandez is very knowledgeable about the history of the Cloud Forest as well as the creatures that inhabit the forest, particularly the birds. In addition, he is a very pleasant personality. I would highly recommend Ricardo for this tour as well as others in the Quito/Mindo area.
Jim V - South Dakota

Personable and Knowledgeable Guide for A Beautiful Nature Area
Mindo Cloud Forest Tours are custom tours of the Mindo Cloud Forest area and surrounding areas conducted by Richard Hernandez. Richard is a very knowledgeable, warm and personable tour guide who has a university degree in tourism in Ecuador. He is from and lives in the Mindo area, and has also lived in Quito. His English is excellent. He customized the tour totally for us, including a later departure and return time, stops at the beautiful Pululahua Crater, the Butterfly museum in Mindo, a birding area, a water and hiking trail, and even a brief stop at one of the Equator museums on the way back to Quito. Richard's knowledge of wildlife and plants is very impressive and he makes it all come alive vividly. He also knows the area so well, as well as Quito, that he can adjust his tour to your interests. In our case, that was nature, but he offered us ziplining, tubing, and a host of other outdoor activities. We have taken a lot of private tours in recent years, and some have been very good. However, Richard possessed a very high degree of knowledge, combined with personal warmth and interest as well as a very high degree of flexibility and enthusiasm. I never met him before the tour and picked him from the more recent TripAdvisor reviews. However, after the tour I would recommend him for anyone visiting the area.
JSt52 Cleveland - OH


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