If you visit Mindo and you should, you must stay at El Monte. First, I cannot say enough about Ann who worked with me for months in booking my reservation. Ann is the most competent, nice, accomodating person I have ever worked with when booking reservations. Ann worked with me to make sure that everything I needed by way of transfers, food, and a birding guiding would be the best, and it was.
The lodge is located just outside of Mindo and really there is no other place you should stay at. The facilities are fantastic, the food alone is reason to visit, this is the best food in Ecuador. There is an organic garden from which the produce is picked daily. With an abundance of lemon grass this is an after meal drink that is so refreshing.
The guides are top notch, they are informative and really into what they are doing. You don't need to be into birds or even natural history to appreciate all the information they will impart on you.
The grounds are beautiful with the Mindo river running through that even brings hydroelectric power to the grounds.
This is the most reasonable priced lodge with the most value, don't pass this unique place up.
All the rooms are spectacular but their are a couple of rooms that are a bit more isolated than the...
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