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El Monte Sustainable Lodge
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Reviewed 13 April 2005

El Monte Lodge was the best place I stayed during my 6 week trip in Ecuador.

It is located about 2 miles/3 kilometers outside of Mindo on the banks of the Rio Mindo. You can get there in about 3 hours from Quito. Mindo is a beautiful spot and one of the best places in South America to see tropical birds. I saw 5 different species of toucans and many varieties of hummingbirds. Also giant colorful butterflys, lush cloud forest and gorgeous waterfalls.

Guests stay in beautiful two-storey private cabins right next to the river. Downstairs is a comfortable sitting area with chairs and a hammock. Upstairs is a large bedroom and bathroom. The cabins have hot water and flush toilets but do not have electricity-- you are given an oil lamp at night. The sound of the roaring river next to your cabin lulls you to sleep.

The main lodge has a large sitting and dining area that look like something from a design magazine. Absolutely beautiful. At night the place is lit with dozens of candles and looks just magical.

Guest eat together with the owners and the food is wonderful. Three large and tasty meals every day.

Prices include extensive activities. Bird watching in the cloud forest, hikes and white water tubing (looks scary but is tremendous fun).

The owners are an American man and his Ecuadorian wife. The work incredibly hard to make sure that guests have a great time and they are devoted to preserving the wonderful environment around them.

El Monte Lodge gets my highest recommendation.

  • Stayed: March 2005
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2018, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 July 2017
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2017
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Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2015
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Room Tip: Ne pas oublier une lampe de poche pour le trajet de nuit entre les chalets et la grande maison de réception ainsi qu'un maillot de bain.
  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled solo
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