We spent 3 nights at the lodge, and it was the perfect length of time. We went on a guided early morning bird walk, a guided hike to some waterfalls, and a guided raft trip down the Rio Mindo. The setting for this lodge is spectacular. The lodge and the cottages are very large, and comfortable except for lack of light. They try to reduce the amount of electricity they use so each room has one very dim CFL bulb. Don't plan on doing any reading after dark unless you bring a powerful headlamp. Also, a good flashlight is a must for getting back to your cabin after dark. The food is good, tasty, and filling, but may not be what you are used to. There are many varieties of fruits and vegetables, and they all come out of the lodge's garden. Do not miss the hike to the waterfalls, or the raft trip. The raft trip is not for the timid or infirm!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Monte Sustainable Lodge is an ecotourism destination in every sense of the word. We emphasize nature here at El Monte, in the form of birdwatching and observation of wildlife in general. Aside from the natural focus of our lodge, we also supply many of the vegetables, eggs and more from our organic garden. Most of our energy is supplied by a microhydro plant. We are located in a 110 acre reserve that is close to the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve of over 40,000 acres. At only 3 kilometers from the town of Mindo we are within access of many the activities, such as the Butterfly Garden, Ziplines, White-water Tubing, waterfalls and more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Monte Hotel Mindo