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A late review as I thought I had already done this. Peaceful, green and lush make the whole environment such a relaxing place to stay. Very warm welcome and the most delicious food served every time. Our lodge was comfortable and warm with insect and...More
I read the critical reviews first as I always do before writing my own review. It is extremely important to realize this is an Eco-lodge. That means you share your space with others, including bugs. I left with a few bites but didn't care. We...More
We loved our recent stay at El Monte. Tom and his wife have designed the perfect eco-lodge, built with natural materials and fit perfectly into the beautiful natural setting, yet with so many details thought through--like the fire pit in the lodge, boots and slippers...More
El Monte is a magical place - beautifully situated with fabulous food, hospitality, and beauty in spades. The bird watching is superb. The sound of the river at night was transporting. We loved it and would return!
Mindo in Ecuador is in the Cloud Forest; bearing this in mind it is a place for nature lovers. The Lodge has been created by a wonderful couple who have a passion for nature and ecology. One can take early morning and evening walks with...More
My wife and I happened to be the only visitors at the time so we had the guide to ourselves (luckily). I would imagine if more people were there, you would have to do a good job of planning either upon arrival (probably a... More
My wife and I happened to be the only visitors at the time so we had the guide to ourselves (luckily). I would imagine if more people were there, you would have to do a good job of planning either upon arrival (probably a more practical way due to weather and scheduling) compared to in advance. I found it was best to discuss all of the options in advance and upon arrival, come up with a plan in order to maximize what you did and scheduling. You'll have a great time either way!