I really enjoyed my stay here and would definitely recommend this hotel.
It's a bit out of the way, but this means that it's really calm and peaceful. There's no noise from cars or barking dogs (something rare in Ecuador!), just birds twittering and the beating of hummingbird wings.
The Lodge is located 15mn by car from the main road and the entrance to Mindo - another 10mn to get to Mindo itself. But Vinicio, the owner, goes down often by car, so you can go along with him, or otherwise take a taxi.
The accommodation is good and the meals too. Plus the showers have the hottest water I've had since arriving in Ecuador! I really enjoyed staying here - I was able to see so many species of birds, especially hummingbirds, and took lots of amazing pictures.
Vinicio Perez speaks English and is completely passionate about birds - he's no doubt the best birdwatching guide in Mindo, and you're guaranteed to see dozens if not hundreds of species of birds during the tours he gives. He also knows a lot about the plants, butterflies and frogs you'll see on the way.
For those who would like to pay less, you can also stay as a volunteer, which is what I did - you work about 4-5 hours a day, and pay 15 for accomodation, lodging, and you can go along on any tours that have been organised.
Huge variety of birds (especially hummingbirds), plants, butterflies, etc
Calm, relaxing and close to nature
Friendly owner - outstandingly knowledgeable about birds and speaks English
Laundry service, breakfast included
We opted for the treehouse - and it was worth SO it! We enjoyed a great view of the river and valley, and some of the hottest running water of our whole trip!
The resort has a restaurant with daily specials, a night club, several pools (including a hot tub), a butterfly farm and lots of exotic flowers and birds you'll stumble upon on-site. They also offer daily trips - river tubing, hiking and more.
We were there during the week and were some of the only people there. If you are looking for an out-of-the way place to relax, this is it!
Nice and clean house with terrace to observe the hummingbirds. I don't really know if it's ok to feed them sugar water, but everybody make this.
Good breakfast. You have to bring your house shoes. They arrange bird whatching tours.
Los Amigos de la Naturaleza, the local organization that protects the forest, have this lodge, located 45 min - 1 hours walk from Mindo.
CEA offers lodging and dining facilities for up to 30 people. There are different kinds of lodging. They have a dormitory, where guests sleep on mattresses on the floor, and they have double rooms with nice beds. The bathrooms have hot water. The lodge is located just next to the river, so one can listen to the relaxing sound of running water all night. The Lodge has a nice restaurant, which is more like a terrace, than a room, because there are no doors or windows. This way you are very close to the forest all the time. They don?t have a huge menu cart, but the foods they serve are ok.
From the lodge it is possible to walk on marked trails. Some are short and easy, and some are long and if you hire a guide you can trek the forest for days.
If you decide to go here, it is best to go to the organizations office in the town of Mindo. Here they can organize transport if you don?t want to walk, and they will give you directions and let the staff know that you are coming. Ask in the town for directions to the office, it is just 1 minutes walk from the park (as everything else is).
I have stayed here several times as the lodge belongs to the organisation for whom I volunteered.
When I was a volunteer in the rainforrest near Mindo, my parents stayed in this guesthouse, when they came to visit me.
They liked the accomodation very much and enjoyed the breakfast on the terasse.
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