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- Mindo and the Chocó Bioregion
The Chocó is a zone of
wet forest (bosque nublado), between the Andes mountains and
the Pacific coast of western Ecuador and Colombia. It is home
to an incredible diversity of plants and animals, many of which
are unique, and there are more endemic birds here than anywhere
else in the New World. Much of the original lowland Chocó
forest has gone, but you can stay in some beautiful highland
lodges, particularly around Mindo.
de Mindo -www.mindo.com.ec
- An Ecuadorian-run lodge, nested
in the beginning of the cloud forest at Mindo. 26 rooms and treehouse
cabins constructed in wood and bamboo, along with two pools and
outdoor jacuzzis. Navigation on their website doesn't work properly
but you can find pages through the 'site map'.
- Address in Quito: Yánez
Pinzón N 25-70 y Av.Colón Edificio CRYOM Planta
Baja Oficina 1-3
Tel: (593-2) 2 222 837
- Celular: (593) 93071 459
- Mindo: (593) 3900 409
- Casa Divina
- Efrain Toapanta and Molly Brown
are an Ecuadorian/American couple who run this lodge on 6.5 acres
of secondary cloud forest, where they promote sustainable living.
Accommodation is in three two-story luxurious wooden cabins with
meals and cocktails served in the main house.
- tel (593-9) 0509626 / (593-2)
- Hosteria Bellavista (pictured) -www.bellavistacloudforest.com
- A tree house lodge in a geodesic
structure in the forest canopy. Less than two hours from Quito
it offers a range of nature tours in a private reserve of 1500
acres in the cloud forest.
- Address in Quito: Jorge Washington
E7-25 y 6 de Diciembre, Quito
Office fax: (593-2) 290-3165.
Celular: (593-9) 9-490-891
Telephone at Bellavista Reserve: (593-2) 2116232 and (593-2)
- El Monte
- Stay in beautiful sustainable
two-story handmade A-frame cabins with river views at Mindo.
You will need a good head for heights as you must travel by Tarabita
cable car to greach the lodge.
- Quito Office: Roca 736 y Amazonas
Direct Line to Mindo cell: (593-9) 3084 675 or (5932) 3900 402
/ Phone: (593) 2 2558-881
Chocó Bioregion/Cloud Forest -www.maqui.org
- Ecotourism Centre and research
station in a small modern lodge 50 miles north west of Quito.
Operated by the Maquipucuna Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation
dedicated to the conservation of Ecuador's biodiversity and the
sustainable use of natural resources. The open-air design design
of the accommodation for 30 people allows intimate contact with
nature and the soothing sounds of the rushing river -you can
observe exotic species of birds, moths and butterflies, and flowers
in bloom such as orchids and bromeliads.
- Baquerizo #238, P.O. Box 17-12-167,
- Mindo Gardens
- A mystical ecological lodge
at 1100m above sea level. in its own private reserve of over
700 acres, some 90km from Quito.
- Tel: (593) 97 33 10 92
- Pachijal Reserve -www.pachijalreserve.com
- Offer a small lodge accomodating
up to 18 people in the ecological reserve; where they can of
birding and wildlife tours in the area of Yumbos' Culuncos.
- Cosy, rustic lodge set in 120
acres of sub tropical eco reserve in the cloud forest at Mindo
Nambillo. Not suitable for children under 12. Telephone: (5932)
390 0907 / 390 0906.
- Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve -www.santaluciaecuador.com
- Septimo Paraiso
- Hosteria located near Mindo,
one and a half hours from Qucto, with 22 luxurious rooms with
private bathroom, hot water from their own spring with an old
elegant country style decoration. Tel Mindo (lodge): 09 3684420
- Our friends Andrew and Heloise
stayed here in Christmas 2006 and wrote the following:
- "Oblivious to Christmas
looming, we spirited ourselves away to Mindo, a centre for wildlife,
to find ourselves like Handsel and Gretel the only guests in
a vast bavarian style eco lodge surrounded by hundreds of hectares
of tropical cloudforest and orchestras of birds and things. Were
well looked after and generously included into the families celebrations."
- Located to the north west of
Quito, it describes itself as the only lodge in the world designed
by birders, owned by birders, and run for birders by birders.
They say that over 600 species of bird have been observed on
day trips from the lodge.
- Telephone/Fax: (+593) 2 244-7520
- Urcu Puyujunda
- Cloud forest reserve located
northwestern of Pichincha by Nanegalito Mindo road in Las Tolas
- See also
in Mindo -budget accommodation
- Search this site with Google:
- Cloud Forest
- For stunning scenery, lush
vegetation and a huge variety of fauna, Mindo is conveniently
located in the cloud forest not far from Quito. The picture is
an old one of James and Maria at the Bellavista Lodge.