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“Beautiful treehouse in the cloud forest”
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Casa Divina Lodge
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Mindo
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Beautiful treehouse in the cloud forest”
Reviewed 19 February 2013

This was the perfect place to stay in Mindo. About a 20 minute walk from the small town, you feel truly out in the middle of the cloud forest. Our cabin felt like a treehouse, although a very nice one made of beautiful wood finishes. The grounds are beautiful, with the various cabins and main lodge nestled in lush vegetation and with birds and squirrels in a constant parade past the windows. The owners were both helpful and informative (one is Ecuadorian, the other from the US). Even after we realized that there was a mixup with transportation, our hostess handled it with a huge amount of grace (even though I'm pretty sure she could have had reason to be upset with us; not sure whose mistake it was). We spent our time hiking to the waterfalls, birdwatching, and exploring the little town of Mindo. Make sure to try some chocolate! They did our laundry at a reasonable price and it was done extremely fast. They also help arrange any activities or tours that you would like to do.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

It was our most surprise in this Ecuador trip.
We supposed this lodge seemed to be the lodge for family and had some kinds of clean gardens with gardening, rather than the nature, as this lodge is close to the Mindo town.
But, our such idea was not correct and surely reversed.
We could not have enough rests in this lodge, as we expected.
As our much surprise with pleasure, Casa Divina was in the excellent natural forest and could watch many many birds only stayed in its area.
We could have most wonderful days with walking the well-maintained trail, with watching so many beautiful birds, with staying in very comfortable room and with the best services by owners and staff.

When we had a lunch on third day, Molly said, "That is Toucan calling". We watched outside for finding Toucan, and Pale-mandibled Aracari was stopped at the branch of big tree. But we could catch another excellent bird, Goden-headed Quetzal was also stopped in the same tree !
We enjoyed both beautiful birds, Quetzal and Aracari so much. Soon we had another big bird, Choco Toucan ! Our birds were three species now in one tree. Further, another big bird came to and Toucan flew to other branches. New comer was Laughing Falcon ! In fact, all birds we watched were excellent for birders.
We were much satisfied this 20 - 30 minutes birding in a tree and returned to the lunch.
Now we call this amazing tree as "Magical Mystery Tree".

The days in Casa Divina were excellent with wonderful service by Molly, Efrain and staff and wonderful room in the excellent nature. We did not feel tiresome completely in our stay (even if 1 second).
This was perfect place for us, and we surely hope to come back here and will do so.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Corvallis, Oregon
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Surrounded by tropical flora you will love your stay in the cloud forest at Casa Divina. Nestled in banana, bamboo, bromeliads, orchids, and dozens of other exotic plants are a beautiful series of 5 or so guest houses. The birds are a main reason people go to Mindo. From the lodge and the balcony of your room you will see motmots, toucans, toucanets, a dozen or more species of tanager, humming birds, even parrots. Efrian is a native Ecuadorian and can take you on more extensive bird walks if you wish. My Spanish isn't that great so it was wonderful to stay with him and his American wife, Molly. Both will help make your stay a delight. The beautiful native woods and the tasteful decor of the rooms make it a great place to relax after a day of adventure. Enjoy!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

We only had 1 night to spend in Mindo and we are so glad we chose Casa Divina Lodge. The room was amazing, it felt like we were right in the midst of the cloud forest, but had all the ameneities to make it relaxing and pampering at the same time :)! We loved the balcony view and saw so many birds from our room! The hosts were friendly, knowledgeable and directed us to many activities to make our 1 night worthwhile. The homecooked meals were delicious and made our stay even better! I was sad to leave after only 1 night and would definitely come back again! :)

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 11 February 2013

The perfect combination of active birdwatching, zip lining, hiking & hammocks. The hosts are so welcoming and quite flexible. I signed up for the Discover Mindo package and had a blast! I travelled solo and very much enjoyed the wonderful food, helpful advice and great one-on-one guiding that I received. Everyone was so helpful and professional -- would definitely recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 11 February 2013

My daughter and I spent two lovely days at Casa Divina. The food was exquisite, beautifully prepared and served. The main lodge and the private cabins are built with the ultimate in craftsmanship from exotic hardwoods, and furnished with an eye to both comfort and aesthetic appeal. We enjoyed the beauties of the cloud forest in a most comfortable and peaceful environment.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Our family 11 spent one night at Casa Divina and only wished we could have more time. Molly Brown and her husband Efrain arranged an incredible 2 days of hiking in the magnificent cloud forest to waterfalls for swiming, riding a cable car over a steep river valley, early morning birdwatching with two experts, horseback riding, and river rafting in tubes. I loved walking into Mindo and wandering the back streets of the little village and we all loved the treat of making chocolate from beans. Most impressive are the lodge and large cabins: beautifully designed, handsomely furnished, and sporting the most up-to--date amenities, porches, hammocks, spectacular views. The food was generous, excellent, and Molly's pastry expertise presented a birthday boy with an extraordinary cake. Just wish we could go back. Don't miss Casa Divina!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Casa Divina Lodge
Address: 1.2km Via a la Cascada Nambillo | Pichincha, Mindo, Ecuador
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Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Mindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Mindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Divina Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Divina Lodge is located 1.2 km (3/4 mi.) outside the town of Mindo in the western lowlands of the Pichincha Province in Ecuador, South America. About 2 hours northwest of Quito, the valley of Mindo forms part of a larger biodiversity hotspot known as the Andean Choco Region. We are proud to offer comfortable and elegant accommodation in the middle of the cloudforest. The town of Mindo offers many activities for the outdoor, nature-seeking traveler. World class birdwatching is at its best in and around the Mindo area. Please inquire about birdwatching packages and personalized tours.At Casa Divina Lodge we provide delicious home-style meals and comfortable accommodations for those who want an adventure by day and an elegant and cozy place to rest by night. As well as an experienced bird guide, Efrain, owner and builder, is a talented carpenter and has demonstrated his love for wood in each of the hand-built cabins as well as almost all of the wooden furniture in the lodge. We are a family-run business that holds high standards in service to our guests and also towards our employees. We value those that work with us greatly. We are proud to have a dedicated staff that is happy to be here and has been with us for an extended period, making the atmosphere here that much more warm and family-oriented.We welcome families that travel together, as well as guests with young children. We have two children and know what a great opportunity and advantage it is for children to experience a broader sense of the world through travel. We run a small capacity lodge on a private nature reserve, so whether you are dedicated birdwatchers, honeymooners or a traveling family Casa Divina Lodge offers the perfect cloudforest experience.We support community tourism by working with other family-run businesses in the area. We encourage our guests to get out and experience the variety of activities available in the region. For the adventure seekers there is zip lining through the trees, tubing down the Mindo River and rappelling down one of many local waterfalls. Delight your sweet tooth on a rainy afternoon at the local chocolate factory. For nature lovers there is a morning at the butterfly farm, a tour at the orchid garden and the after dinner night hike. For avid bird watchers you can't miss the cock-of-the-rock lek, a visit to the Paz de Las Aves Reserve and humming bird observation.But you won't want to spend all of your time out of doors. Casa Divina is a place where life slows down. A place where you are invited to relax on the sofa with a good book, or in your hammock for a refreshing siesta.Our meals are a healthy blend of traditional Ecuadorian and international fare. And don't forget the desserts. Each evening a unique sweet inspiration is served from the ovens of the Sweet Goddess Bakery. For those who can't get enough of our cooking (or just want to stay in for the day) we offer lunch, snacks, drinks and-of course-coffee and tea all day long. Unlimited filtered drinking water is also available in your room as well as in the main house.Mindo is a small town located in the Ecuadorian western lowlands (more commonly know as cloud forest) where so many ideals come together: the climate is just right (the nickname for this valley is "the land of eternal spring"), the biodiversity will make even the most amateur nature seeker giddy with excitement, malaria does not exist here (no pills, no side effects), and the community is conscientious and moving ahead in the eco-tourism movement. You will see informative signs posted throughout town about the effects of pollution and all households and businesses separate our waste into organic and non-organic bins. The young people from Mindo are proud of their town, their work and the opportunity to have an international experience in a small rural town.Although Mindo still has a long way to go in its development as an "eco-destination," change and progress are happening and it's exciting to be part of the process. We invite you to come and kick up your heels at Casa Divina Lodge and participate in community tourism in the making. ... more   less 
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