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Birdwatcher's House Hostal

600m off the Nono-Mindo Road, 6kms from the Y-junction into Mindo, Mindo, Ecuador
Birdwatcher's House Hostal
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

I would like to start with the positives, since there definitely are some. As soon as we arrived at the bus station, Vinicio was waiting for us with a big smile on his face. He drove us up the crazy road to his hostel, which is very serene and beautiful. The room was clean, the food was excellent and the... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I really liked the place and the location. I was looking for nature and a noise free place to think and relax. The lodge is isolated, in the middle of the forest, perfect for people who come to observe birds or just to enjoy being surrounded by nature like me.(It´s a little chilly over here so come prepared) The service... More 

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This place is totally isolated. It costs 15 dollars 1-way to get there by cab. I had contacted the owner who said our car would be fine so we drove, but the road is so bad we had to park our car a kilometer away and carry all our bags in the rain down the mud to the hotel. We... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We had a wonderful time at the Birdwatcher's House hostel. The views from the room and common area/dining room are spectacular and you can watch many different colorful hummingbirds at the feeders just outside the window at all times of day. The rooms are clean and pretty, the bed is comfortable (we slept really well) but there is no heat.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at birdwatcher's house hoping to be able to take some amateur photographs of birds in the middle of the cloudforest, and we weren't dissapointed. The best time to see birds around the lodge was early in the morning where there was plenty to spot and photograph. We also took a walk around the roads near to the lodge... More 

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markaschmitt, Manager at Birdwatcher's House Hostal, responded to this review

Hi there lecookuk, thanks for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your time with us and contributed to the tripadvisor community. And thanks for the idea for a leaflet. Vinicio is a great photographer and we have started to put together something very similar to your ideas already! Happy travels Management More 

Grass Valley, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This was my first birdwatching experience with a guide so I really didn't know what to expect. I was overall pleased with the amount of birds I saw but will stay at another lodge on my next trip. First of all my wife contacted Vinicio 2 days before our stay and he said that he was available and would pick... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

This is my first visit to Ecuador, the main reason I came here was to do some birdwatching. I brought my camera, binoculars and my birdbook. The guide, Vinicio, was said to have 32 years experience in birding. I could not wait for the trip. But it ended differently. I don't know how to say it, but it looked as... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We would concur with a previous reviewer that Birdwatcher’s House is not recommended. As that reviewer stated, the lodging has moved out of Mindo, and is now located a $10+ taxi ride from Mindo, 5 km. from San Tadeo up a long cobbled/dirt road then 1 km. down a rocky road. The owner and bird guide, Vinicio Perez, does have... More 

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markaschmitt, Manager at Birdwatcher's House Hostal, responded to this review

Hi JamacaBirder, thanks for your input to the TripAdvisor community. We are sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us here at Birdwatchers House but I would like to clarify a few anomalies in your report. I would firstly like to highlight that you were here with us a volunteers, your report about your experience may well be justified but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

This hotel has now moved out of town about 40 minutes ($10-$15 cab ride) down a horrendously bumpy road. It's so far out you won't want to go back to Mindo very often/at all, so it's not a good base if you're trying to see things in Mindo. For the birders- I can't recommend it very highly. It's cold, there... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

Lovely clean, quiet rooms and generally a great atmosphere. Very friendly helpful staff. Excellent value for money.

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