Our Casa Divina cloud forest experience was amazing. It is obvious the minute you arrive that the owners Efrain and Molly have put great thought and work in creating a unique stay for their guests. We enjoyed our rustic and tastefully decorated cabin. Loved our outdoor balcony with its rocking chair and hammock where we could relax enjoying the beauty of the forest, birds and a babbling brook. So peaceful with lots of visits from hummingbirds! The hot water was plentiful for baths or showers and plenty of drinking water was provided. Drifting off to sleep at night we were even treated to the twinkling of fireflies in the forest. The main lodge was lovely with a comfortable sitting area that we took advantage of a beverage and their supply of helpful cloud forest resource books. The staff always warmly greeted us and were patient answering our many questions. The food was wonderful offering good variety and served to you at one of their tastefully decorated tables. We particularly was trilled with our candle light dinners and delicious desserts capping off a memorable day. Our reason for visiting the Mindo area was our love of bird watching. At the Casa Devina Lodge you don't even have to leave the main lodge to see an impressive varied of birds right from the breakfast table! Large windows and some craft fully placed bananas draw in some early morning birdie guests that you can enjoy with a coffee and camera in hand. We went on four different guided tours with Efrain soaking up his expansive knowledge of birds, flora and fauna of his beloved Mindo region. He was very professional and showed great enthusiasm to show us as many birds as he could find. Our first evening there we went out on a night tour. Hiking around in the forest in the dark with our flash lights looking for frogs, spiders and owls. It was so much fun and a very unique way to see this spectacular environment. We also went on the cock of the rock tour and were not disappointed seeing four of these playful unusual looking birds. Back to the lodge for breakfast then off again in pursuit of more birds. The next day another morning hike in the beautiful county side with many exciting finds. We saw so many beautiful birds, plants and even one of their wild guinea pigs. It's hard to describe the cloud forest the beauty of it is jaw dropping you don't know where to look first. Plants, birds, flowers and a peaceful serenity. Our visit wouldn't be complete if we didn't wander in to the town of Mindo and take in some of the other local attractions. An easy hike we enjoyed seeing the orchid farm, butterfly farm and had wonderful warm cinnamon buns at a local bakery there. Do we have anything negative to say about our stay at the Casa Divina Lodge? Yes, we wish we had booked more days there!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Divina Lodge is located 1.2 km (3/4 mi.) outside the town of Mindo in the western lowlands of the Pichincha Province in Ecuador, South America. About 2 hours northwest of Quito, the valley of Mindo forms part of a larger biodiversity hotspot known as the Andean Choco Region. We are proud to offer comfortable and elegant accommodation in the middle of the cloudforest. The town of Mindo offers many activities for the outdoor, nature-seeking traveler. World class birdwatching is at its best in and around the Mindo area. Please inquire about birdwatching packages and personalized tours.At Casa Divina Lodge we provide delicious home-style meals and comfortable accommodations for those who want an adventure by day and an elegant and cozy place to rest by night. As well as an experienced bird guide, Efrain, owner and builder, is a talented carpenter and has demonstrated his love for wood in each of the hand-built cabins as well as almost all of the wooden furniture in the lodge. We are a family-run business that holds high standards in service to our guests and also towards our employees. We value those that work with us greatly. We are proud to have a dedicated staff that is happy to be here and has been with us for an extended period, making the atmosphere here that much more warm and family-oriented.We welcome families that travel together, as well as guests with young children. We have two children and know what a great opportunity and advantage it is for children to experience a broader sense of the world through travel. We run a small capacity lodge on a private nature reserve, so whether you are dedicated birdwatchers, honeymooners or a traveling family Casa Divina Lodge offers the perfect cloudforest experience.We support community tourism by working with other family-run businesses in the area. We encourage our guests to get out and experience the variety of activities available in the region. For the adventure seekers there is zip lining through the trees, tubing down the Mindo River and rappelling down one of many local waterfalls. Delight your sweet tooth on a rainy afternoon at the local chocolate factory. For nature lovers there is a morning at the butterfly farm, a tour at the orchid garden and the after dinner night hike. For avid bird watchers you can't miss the cock-of-the-rock lek, a visit to the Paz de Las Aves Reserve and humming bird observation.But you won't want to spend all of your time out of doors. Casa Divina is a place where life slows down. A place where you are invited to relax on the sofa with a good book, or in your hammock for a refreshing siesta.Our meals are a healthy blend of traditional Ecuadorian and international fare. And don't forget the desserts. Each evening a unique sweet inspiration is served from the ovens of the Sweet Goddess Bakery. For those who can't get enough of our cooking (or just want to stay in for the day) we offer lunch, snacks, drinks and-of course-coffee and tea all day long. Unlimited filtered drinking water is also available in your room as well as in the main house.Mindo is a small town located in the Ecuadorian western lowlands (more commonly know as cloud forest) where so many ideals come together: the climate is just right (the nickname for this valley is "the land of eternal spring"), the biodiversity will make even the most amateur nature seeker giddy with excitement, malaria does not exist here (no pills, no side effects), and the community is conscientious and moving ahead in the eco-tourism movement. You will see informative signs posted throughout town about the effects of pollution and all households and businesses separate our waste into organic and non-organic bins. The young people from Mindo are proud of their town, their work and the opportunity to have an international experience in a small rural town.Although Mindo still has a long way to go in its development as an "eco-destination," change and progress are happening and it's exciting to be part of the process. We invite you to come and kick up your heels at Casa Divina Lodge and participate in community tourism in the making. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Divina Cloudforest Retreat Hotel Mindo