The cloud forest is the ecosystem that holds the greatest variety of birds and plants in the world. The cloud forest seems like a mossy jungle with tall trees decorated with orchids, mosses, bromeliads, and other epiphytes.
One of the most visited cloud forests in Ecuador is the natural reserve Mindo – Nambillo Protected Forest, which climbs the slopes of Pichincha volcano. In addition to the exuberance of its flora and fauna, a number of waterfalls and small rivers are featured in this site. Both the Mindo valley and the Tandayapa valley that are part of this ´Protected Forest´ are growing in tourism infrastructure.