El Monte Lodge


We are “unique”, mostly because of our environmental philosophy and personal touches. Our aim has been to enjoy living in Mindo, and at the same time help protect the forest and do as low impact of tourism as possible. A conscience decision was made to stay small and that there should be some sort of ratio between guests received and amount of land owned to keep the ecological impact to a minimum.


Butterfly Farm

Just across the Rio Mindo from El Monte is the Mindo Butterfly Farm, which is a favorite of many of guests. At the Farm a guide will introduce you to the entire life cycle of many species of local butterflies, from the egg to the adult. Afterwards you are free to walk inside an enclosed greenhouse observing many of the local butterfly species found in Mindo.

Orchid Garden

Also found in the town of Mindo is the Harmonia Orchid Garden. With over 200 species of orchids, mostly originating from the Mindo area, the La Harmonia Orchid Garden is a must-see for orchid lovers and plant lovers in general. A guide is provided who will identify the various species of this fascinating plant

Cable Car

About a 45 nature walk from El Monte guests arrive to a 530 meter crossing of the Rio Nambillo by cable car or “tarabita”. The cable car affords spectacular views of the Nambillo valley and also to an extensive system of trails, many of which provide access to waterfalls.


There are many excellent guides in and around Mindo. It started with Bird Guides and has now expanded to English-speaking naturalist guides. This has been one of the biggest successes of the environmental/ecotourism movement here in Mindo. This local development of guides has provided many well paid jobs and helped incentivize knowledge of the fauna, flora and natural history of the Mindo area.

Horse-back Riding

Just outside the town of Mindo, or about a 15 minute taxi ride from El Monte, horse-back riding is offered. Horses are well-trained and walks are offered with a guide on dirt roads. Guests can choose from 1 hour to 2 or 3 hours. Western-style saddles are provided.

White-Water Tubing

One of the favorite activities of our guests is White-Water Tubing. Large truck inner tubes are roped securely together and up to 7 guests can float on these “rafts” down the Rio Mindo. “Float” is maybe not the best word to describe this thrilling journey. Expert guides navigate the raft down the river, go around or over large rocks. In the rainy season this 2 mile trip takes about 15 to 20 minutes… in the dry season about 30 minutes or more.


One of the favorite adventure activitities are the Ziplines, with a course of 10 lines varying in speed and elevation this should satisfy all adrenaline seekers! All 10 lines takes about 1 hour to complete and the Ziplines themselves are about a 1 hour walk or 15 minute ride from El Monte Sustainable Lodge. Ziplining is an hour nature walk from El Monte, or a 10 minute taxi ride.

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