My wife and I stayed at the Dragonfly Inn January 19th for one night. We were picked up at our hotel in Quito by one of their drivers, Alexandra. She was a very good driver and accommodated our request for a stop to get a sim card for our cell phone on the way to Mindo. We liked our room at the inn and enjoyed hanging our on our small deck with hammock to watch the multitudes of hummingbirds at the feeder 8 feet away. We arranged a guided trip through the Inn to go birding with Marcelo at 6am the next morning. Marcelo was on time and brought his tripod and spotting scope to help us see the birds. Even though we are not birders we wanted to see the birds of the area and thought a guide was the best way. For $60 you can’t go wrong. Marcelo can spot birds, and call them close for your viewing, but what really amazed us was how he held our point and shoot camera up to the lens of his spotting scope and snapped pictures that looked professional. We got great shots of a quetzal, several types of tucans, a brightly colored pigeon, and saw many other beautiful birds of the cloud forest. We had walked the Yellow house trail the day before and saw virtually no birds due to the time of day and our inexperience as bird spotters. Even if you are not into birding, a trip with Marcelo is a treat.
The food at the Inn is good, and it’s just a great place to hang out for a while. If you like to see hummingbirds up close it’s a great place to do so. We had room number 6 that is on the side by a rushing stream which made sleeping easy. If we return to Mindo we would happily stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy your stay at the Dragonfly Inn - located in Mindo, Ecuador along the Canchupi River. At the Dragonfly Inn we offer clean rooms with private bathrooms, comfortable beds and covered outdoor balconies with hammocks. The bathrooms are equipped with hot showers that provide excellent water pressure. Each room is finished with sealed wood paneling, wood floors and French doors that access an outdoor balcony. Screened windows provide adequate ventilation. Room rates include a delicious breakfast in an attractive restaurant setting. Plants and hummingbirds abound from the restaurant balcony overlooking the garden patio along the river. ... more less
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