Richard Hernandez NaturalistGuide -Private/Custom for Couples/Small group

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From $150.00

64 reviews   (4.77)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: Quito, Quito

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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We do offer:
Private tour can be customized
enjoy the nature wonders at your own pace.
pick up and drop off from/to Quito.
Richard Hernandez as your licensed naturalist English/Spanish speaking local guide
natural history,
birding for beginners to amateur level,
botanizing in its natural habitat,
nature hikes from Easy to moderate-difficult level,
sustainable and local support.

What's Included

Ground transportation

Licensed Naturalist English speaking guide

What's Not Included


Entrance fees


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 80

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Mandatory health insurance applies to foreign tourists and local guides
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Our tour is a PROFESSIONAL SERVICE, people interested in other than ECO TOURISM, NATURE, BIOLOGY, or ECOLOGY, we firmly reject them.
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

Milpe Bird Sanctuary
Local food

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

A professional licensed guided will take to discover the nature wonders of the cloud forest. Discovering waterfalls, water cascades, endemic birds like toucans, tanagers and hummingbirds. Taste the local food, enjoy of the beautiful subtropical weather like.
To book with a professional expert is a different way of discovering and learning about people and nature. Fluent English spoken.

4 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

El Pahuma Orchid Reserve
A licensed naturalist guide with fluent Spanish/English spoken.
Discovering the nature wonders while hiking through easy or moderate hiking trails. Orchids, bromeliads, tree ferns, heliconias, reptiles, amphibians, trees, bioregulators, in general all the explanations from an local expert naturalist guide, his name is Richard Hernandez.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

Excellent place for hiking and birding paradise.
Local place for trying an exotic local food (under request:)

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Charming little town where we do pass by without stopping. People on weekends come from the mountains to listen the service in the town and buy their suppliers.

• Admission Ticket Free

A charming town, local political parish.
We may stop here for lunch or any other attraction like: butterfly garden, water tubing, zip line,coffee or chocolate tour (under request):

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Mitad Del Mundo
A short stop by the Inty Ñan museum or Mitad del Mundo to visit the Equator line on the way back from the cloud forest.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Pedro Vicente Maldonado
We will get to visit the most economically prosperous county in the area. As an option for having lunch. Lunch is not included in the tour price.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great guide, knowledgeable and engaging!
GrandTour30629681468, 10-01-2023
Richard is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the ecosystems of Ecuador including birds, plants, animals and the cultural traditions in the various regions of the country. He is a knowledgeable foodie and shares his passion for native and endemic foods. He is flexible and patient with children and kept our young teens entertained with fun facts and quizzes. He is an interesting and evolved person with a diverse education background, fine ideals and good values.

We visited the cloud forest, hiked and then enjoyed lunch, zip lining, bird watching and a quick visit to the exact location of the equatorial latitude 0-0-0.

There was previous negative comment from a Dutch guest with scurrilous complaints - all of which we found to be absurd and far from our experience. Richard is a good person, and we highly recommend his services to your family or group.
High value personal guided tour by Jeison Hernandez C
Trip790917, 23-12-2022
Brenda and I met Jeison at the entry to the Parque Nacional Carara. His English was impeccable and his mild demeanor makes him likable from the get-go so when he offered a guided tour for the two of us lasting nearly 3 hours through the jungle, we were delighted to say "Yes< please!".

Jeison proved to be very very keen-eyed spotting any hidden animal within the bush. Planting his tripod telescope quietly he was already putting it into the focus for our viewing. We observed many varieties of birds, two kinds of monkeys and various butterflies. Jeison even skillfully took picture of them for us using our own smart phone through the viewer of his telescope. Jeison's knowledge and enthusiasm for flora and fauna of the NP was amazing. We learned many details about endemic species of the trees, fungi and Jeison knew answer to every single question we threw at him! We highly recommend hiring Jeison as your personal guide in any natural settings!
Thank you so much Jeison! We hope to cross path with you again! :-) Brenda and Val
Mindo Tour and Coffee tour.
Steve_N, 16-12-2022
Richard is a well experienced and knowledgeable naturalist and introduced me to many different toucan species, hummingbirds, and many other types of birds. He was flexible to tailor the tour to my personal interests showing me the best of the Mindo Cloud Forrest, coffee tour, bird sactuary, places to eat along the way. His unique background and direct approach make this one of my favorite tours in Equador and the Galapagos islands! Great Job.
SN tour with Richard Hernandez.
Steven N, 14-12-2022
The tour with Richard was fantastic, with a custom experience that I could make as the trip progressed. We visited Mindo Cloud Forest, and a bird sanctuary to start with sightings of many rare Toucans, hummingbirds, and countless other species. Richard knew how to identify all, using his knowledge of their calls , then sighting them for you. We also went into town of Mindo for a coffee tour, ate a nice lunch where even more birds were sighted. Went later to Teleferico lift to spot numerous Toucans….one time with 5 on one branch. I always respect a guide with superior knowledge on a subject and he has that. Great tour!
Fantastic way to spend the day in the cloud foresr
J9wings, 12-12-2022
This was one of the best highlights of our trip. Richard was knowledgeable and such a delight to hike and speak with the entire day. What a beautiful and amazing country Ecuador is. You won’t be disappointed. Book with Richard!

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