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El Monte Sustainable Lodge - Hotel Mindo - Ecuador

The most ecologically friendly hotel in this incredibly environmentally conscious town, El Monte is a comfortable, full-service lodge with spectacular views. It's set on a 44-hectare (109-ac) private nature reserve with a rich secondary cloud forest, excellent bird- and wildlife-watching and a river full of rapids for tubing and waterfalls for cliff-jumping.

El Monte earns it's eco-lodge status by maintaining a number of eco-friendly projects. The farm produces some of the vegetables and fruits served to guests, no red meat is served, and most meals are vegetarian.The electricity for El Monte comes from a small hydro plant, which interacts with the grid. Guides teach guests about the importance of preservation in the area, the facilities build awareness, and the private reserve protects a good portion of Mindo’s cloud forests from development and destruction.

There are three two-story cabañas and three larger one-story cabañas which sleep five people each. Décor is minimalist, allowing nature to be the focus. The quality of the cabins is excellent. El Monte lodge limits its occupancy to one party, so you won't have to share with strangers. The cabins are spaced far enough apart along the river banks that you feel completely isolated and can bird-watch from the comfort of your bed. The service is friendly and attentive. El Monte is owned by an American/Ecuadorian couple, who often join guests for meals and make themselves available for conversation, assistance, guiding and transportation.


Quito Office: Roca E4-49 and Amazonas (Pasaje Chantilly)

Mindo, Ecuador

Hotel Types:
Eco lodge, Eco-friendly, Individual thatched cabins

This Hotel is: High End

Hotel Amenities, Services and Facilities , 24-Hour Hot Water, Airport Pickup - Extra Charge, Common Room, Laundry Service, Lounge, Luggage Storage, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Towels Included, Travel Info Desk, Wake-Up Call

Currencies accepted
US dollar

Getting There:

Room Prices:
Lower:$96 per person
Price Description:Prices are package deals that include three meals per day, native Spanish-speaking guide, local transport and one night’s stay.

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-254-6348/217-0102, Cel: 09-9308-4675
E-mail: elmontelodge(at)

Other Hotels in Mindo that may be of interest: Sapos y Ranas Hotel, Cabañas Armonía, Urcu Puyujunda Eco-Lodge, Tandayapa Bird Lodge, La Casa de Cecilia, El Quetzal de Mindo, Hostería Séptimo Paraíso, Mindo Gardens, Mariposas de Mindo and Sachatamia Lodge.

04 Feb 2013

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