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El Monte Lodge

The lush cloud forests of Mindo are the perfect serene backdrop to this comfortable and well-appointed lodge.  Relax in riverside cabins beneath moss-draped trees and spectacular wild orchids.  Awaken to the symphony of forest songs before setting off with your local guide along trails.  Guests at the lodge can choose from a variety of activities, including birding expeditions, river-tubing, or swimming in crystalline pools beneath a sparkling waterfall.  Relaxing in a hammock next to the Rio Mindo is the perfect way to spend some time before setting out on the next adventure!  El Monte long ago made a conscious decision to leave as little impact on their surroundings as possible.  That philosophy is reflected in the smaller number of guests, the unique way of arriving to the lodge – via a hand-pulled tarabita, (cable car) over the river – and the menu, which leans heavily on vegetarian options.