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El Descanso
Ranked #7 of 20 Mindo B&B and Inns
Netherlands
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42 reviews
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“We got in, and we got out”
Reviewed October 22, 2010

What is this place. When we arrived a local female showed us a room. I've never met anyone more depressing then this woman.
The hotel was smelly (like old and dirty water) and was possibly the most remote hotel in town. You'd better stay at one of the very nice, same priced hotels at the town centre!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Pacifica, California
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Reviewed August 18, 2008

This is where you want to be if you're interested in birds... especially hummingbirds. Rodny is the consummate host. He'll spend as much time as you need explaining where to go and what to see, and the terrace/patio out back is the best place in Mindo for hummingbird watching. Rodny has cultivated flowers that attract the birds and has feeders as well, so there is practically never any "slack time" for bird watching as there is always something going on.
I've been there on four separate trips and can say in all honesty that there is not a better value in Mindo. I wish I were in a better position financially as Rodny is trying to sell the lodge (I'd buy it in a heartbeat) as it is the perfect birding lodge in Mindo.

  • Liked — hummingbird experience
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  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
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Vancouver, B.C. Canada
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Reviewed February 20, 2008

We loved this place. It's clean and beautiful. Our room was spacious and the bed very comfortable. There were hammocks on the deck right outside our door. Best of all, it's tailor-made for briders. Owner Rodney maintains the most visited hummingbird garden I've ever seen, filling the feeders up to 8x a day. He also puts out bananas for the forest birds who come to visit. You can just sit on the deck and birdwatch comfortably. He's very helpful (but also very busy with all the tourists who stop by to see the show). Rates for guided trips are very reasonable.

  • Liked — access to birdwatching
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: El Descanso
Address: Mindo, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Mindo
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Ranked #7 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Mindo
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Number of rooms: 8

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