10 de Agosto: Lloa – Mindo Hike

Here is the documentation:

A very detailed description dated Sept 2009 can be found here:

Here are the pics: http://pix.typodrive.com/index.php/LloaMindo
Download as a ZIP file: http://typodrive.com/downloads/LloaMindo.zip

Debriefing: A bridge is destroyed. Hike is not possible without special equipment after heavy rainfalls or during the rainy season. Some parts of the hike lead through very muddy pasture – waterproof hiking shoes are a minimal requirement. Most locals just use rubber boots.

The trail is maintained by locals and never overgrown. No machete necessary. There is a good camping site with running water (as indicated on the Bradt map). After the camping site look for a sign that says “<-- Mindo Rio Verde -->” and turn sharp left to cross the river (bridge destroyed). Bradt is wrong about the last part of the hike. From the river to Mindo it is at least 3 to 4 hours, Bradt says 2.