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We stayed at El Monte for 2 nights---and wished we had booked at least one additional night. When booking our stay we sent a check to a bank in Miami--we had no issues with payment--although it would have been much easier to book with paypal....More
Mixed feelings about El Monte.
After a windy couple of hours drive from Quito we got to Mindo and then on to this remote lodge. We loved the rope pulley entrance (although later did have issues with waiting a while for someone to come and...More
We stayed just one night and it was a worthwhile experience, but service and communication could be improved. Mindo is an adorable little town qutie a long drive north from Quito - a one night stay was a bit tiring and would not recommend as...More
Response from elmontelodge, Director of Sales at El Monte Sustainable LodgeResponded 25 June 2013
We would just like to clarify that we have electricity 24 hours a day
at El Monte that is provided from a micro-hydro system and the grid.
We are in the process of interconnecting the micro-hydro and the grid,
and we will be...More
El Monte Lodge is across the Mindo river from this hiker-destination town in the cloud forest roughly 2 hours in the mtns. Northeast of Quito -- one arrives swinging over the rushing glacial river on a wooden bosun's chair rigged to a rope pulley. The...More
El Monte Sustainable Lodge is probably as “eco” as it gets in the Mindo area. This is noticeable in many ways and details, both lodge and management. Even the electricity is generated by a self-made hydro-electric system. The lodge itself is luxurious and very comfortable....More
My wife and I happened to be the only visitors at the time so we had the guide to ourselves (luckily). I would imagine if more people were there, you would have to do a good job of planning either upon arrival (probably a... More
My wife and I happened to be the only visitors at the time so we had the guide to ourselves (luckily). I would imagine if more people were there, you would have to do a good job of planning either upon arrival (probably a more practical way due to weather and scheduling) compared to in advance. I found it was best to discuss all of the options in advance and upon arrival, come up with a plan in order to maximize what you did and scheduling. You'll have a great time either way!