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El Monte


Cloud Forest, close to Mindo

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El Monte

An owner-run lodge in the cloudforest, offering excellent hiking, birdwatching, comfy accommodation and home-cooked food.

El Monte is a comfortable base from which to explore the cloudforest. It’s in a 44 hectare private reserve bordering Mindo Reserve. With guided walks from a hour to a full day, bird watching, opportunities for swimming, tubing along Rio Mindo and visiting an orchid garden, there’s plenty to keep you occupied and entertained. You can also go horse riding, mountain biking and visit the cock of the rock lek. Though this area is known primarily for its abundant birdlife, you can also see a number of reptiles, amphibians, insects and mammals such as sloth and capuchin monkey.

The lodge consists of the main building with the dining room, bar, games area, open decks, ideal for lazy bird watching, and 2 firepits. You can watch meals being prepared in the open kitchen. Both local and international dishes are available, and if you have a favourite the chef will gladly pass on the recipe.

Accommodation is in wooden, thatched roof cabanas arranged along the riverbank. Each has a bedroom, indoor sitting area and bathroom with bathtub, basin, flush toilet and 24-hour hot and cold water.

El Monte’s owners, Tom and Mariela, are excellent hosts and enjoy sharing their paradise with guests.

El Monte highlights

  • Accompany a local guide in the cloud forest
  • Discover waterfalls and natural pools
  • Profuse birdlife including the cock of the rock
  • Cross the river by hand-pulled cable car
  • Enjoy drinks by the firepit
  • Cosy en-suite cabanas
  • Go tubing on Rio Mindo

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El Monte location

El Monte


  • 6 cabanas
  • Open all year round
  • Children are welcome.


  • Restaurant
  • Open kitchen
  • Games room with board games
  • Deck with hammocks
  • Firepits
  • Fruit and vegetable garden
  • Guest gardens


  • Guided hikes
  • Waterfall visits
  • Swimming in natural pools
  • Bird watching walks
  • Visit an orchid garden
  • River tubing – lifejacket and helmet provided
  • See the cock of the rock lek
  • Visit a butterfly farm
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Zip lining

El Monte rooms

  • 6 cabanas
  • Bathroom with hot water
  • Sitting area

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