We took our boys (11 and 4) to Quito, Ecuador this past spring break and it was truly a trip of a lifetime. I still can't believe the things we did. One of those side trips was here at Urcu Puyujunda. I arranged it before we left the states. She and her husband (and son) picked us up at our hotel in Quito and drove us the several hours to the rainforest lodge. To say this is remote is an understatement. You literally have to have a 4x4. Along the way you drive by all these amazing crops and scenery. It was so neat for the boys to see coffee plants and sugar cane. When we got to the lodge we were a bit taken aback how "rustic" it is. It is fine though. I mean, when you're taking a 4x4 to reach a place, certain realities must be accepted. The lodgings are a series of huts that are all a hike from the main building. There is no a/c, hot water and you hear all sorts of critters but it's one of those experiences that we wouldn't trade for those comforts. After we got our stuff in our lodge we mounted the horses we had them rent for our ride/hike into the rainforest and to the river. This blew us away. It was hours into the forest and you dismount and hike to the river where the dude literally makes a fishing line and hook and you can fish. We also swam. It was amazing. When we got back they made us dinner and a homemade drink (some sort of alcohol concoction). We also got a couple beers. The next morning they took us to a dairy farm and we were allowed to milk the cows and look at the farm. It was so great to see the boys actually see where milk came from. I would highly recommend this but with the caveat that you are not staying at the Holiday Inn. Don't expect modern comforts. It is so worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visiting Urcu de Mindo Lodge is a lifetime experience, from which you will make lasting memories of an exuberant and delicate nature. We distinguish ourselves by our local personnel, our service and our comfortable accommodations for our guests.For your relaxation Urcu de Mindo Lodge has tailored 10 cabins set against a fantastic backdrop of forested mountains: four high quality cabins with two balconies (front and back of the cabin), two of them close to the main house, and two tree houses to ensure enjoy beautiful views a few meters from the main house. All cabins are surrounded by the environmentally stunning cloud forest, beautiful trees and different kinds of birds. The superior luxury cabins have hot water, and two of them have a jacuzzi – ideal for honeymooners, anniversaries, birthdays or as a special gift for your couple. Urcu de Mindo Lodge has also designed 6 standard cabins called Urcu Puyujunda (cloud forest) in the middle of the forest 400 meters from the main house. They are made entirely with traditional materials (wood and bamboo) and built close to the swimming pool to maintain a balance with nature, with a private bathroom and a balcony from which you can observe the spectacular cloud forest. ... more less
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