We spent the last night of our Ecuadorian vacation here -- and it was a perfect, memorable ending. Tucked deep into the cloud forest area, next to a rushing river, it was a lovely way to end our trip.
The cabins are beautifully constructed, as well as the main lodge, where the restaurant, bar and upstairs social area are located. Outside the front door, multiple hummingbird feeders attract a riot of colorful little hummers.
Mindo Gardens also had a beautifully maintained private trail leading to a waterfall and several look out views. The staff of the hotel gave us sturdy boots in our size to protect us from mud, snakes, insects or anything else we might run into. Luckily, all we saw was beautiful vistas, gorgeous vegetation and ongoing bird song... no snakes, insects, or even much mud.
The hotel includes a great breakfast which we were able to enjoy outside on a deck next to the rushing river. There is nothing in the world better I think than a morning cup of coffee surrounded by a stunning natural setting on a beautiful day. And to top it off, a brilliantly colored motmot bird landed in a tree just a few feet from our breakfast table... now that's what I call a brilliant end to a fantastic vacation. I will miss this place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by hummingbirds and washed by the peaceful sound of Mindo’s river, this is a place specially designed to help you disconnect from your daily life. We're far enough from the town of Mindo to provide that peace but close enough so you won't feel isolated. You can come and simply relax on a family day at our renowned restaurant, or leave everything to our organization and explore the secrets of the cloud forest through walks on our private paths and hikes to the area's greatest points of interest. ... more less
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