Click to see the panoramic view from the Lodge in Mindo

Vinicio Perez, our English speaking Birdwatching Guide offers tours in and around Mindo and EcuadorVinicio Pérez, the owner of the Birdwatcher's House Hostel and restaurant, is also a seasoned English speaking tour guide in Mindo and all Ecuador. He is born in the Mindo region and knows the area like he back of his hand. Learn more...

Vinicio: Guide in Ecuador

What to bring?

Camera, binoculars, rainjacket, walking shoes (rubber boots are useful in the winter).

Getting There...

From Quito, take any bus heading toward Mindo or Los Bancos. Mindo-bound buses leave from the bus station “La Ofelia” in northern Quito in the morning and afternoon. Bus_mindoMore frequent buses (at least one per hour) leave for Los Bancos from the “Carcelen” bus station also in northern Quito. Ask the bus driver to let you off at the entrance to Mindo “La entrada a Mindo” which is also known as “La Y.” From here, ask a taxi (which are sometimes trucks), to take to Vinicio Perez’s Birdwatcher’s Lodge near Santa Rosa. From Mindo, hire any taxi (again oftentimes they are trucks) to take you to the Birdwatcher’s Lodge owned by Vinicio Perez near Santa Rosa.

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Birdwatcher's House - Lodge in Mindo, Ecuador

Hello birders and photographers,

Both the Birdwatcher’s House and Lodge have moved from Mindo to a new location deep in the cloud forest. This new location has breathtaking views and incredible biodiversity right at its doorstep. It´s located at an altitude of 1800 m, just off of the world renowned Nono-Mindo Road, about 15 km from the town of Mindo, Ecuador.

This cobblestone road, also known as the “Paseo del Quinde” (Quinde means hummingbird in Quechua), has long been known by birders as being a legendary birding destination. And if you visit this new location, you´ll quickly discover the road was aptly named by the Quechua people. Just a few meters from where we serve your meals, we have hummingbird feeders which are frequently visited by various species of hummingbirds, or “colibries,” as we call them here in Mindo and Ecuador.

Vinicio Perez, the owner of the lodge, speaks English and is an expert birdwatching guide with many years of experience. Vinicio is available to guide birding tours right from the lodge, and has garnered a wealth of information about astounding variety of bird species you may encounter here. But not only does our new location make it an ideal destination for birders and ornithologists. Entomologists, botanists, nature enthusiasts of all kinds, and even people who simply want to relax in a place of great beauty and tranquility—all such people are sure to love this place. An amazing diversity of beautiful butterflies, moths, and other insects are found here, as well as many flowering plants.

The property has been replanted with many native plant species to attract a great diversity of insects and birds. And the Birdwatcher’s Lodge also makes a great getaway for anyone who simply wants to get away from the city to a safe and relaxing environment. Here is a place you can truly relax and breathe freely.

We have 7 comfortable rooms at the new lodge, all with private bathrooms and hot water. Many of the birds to be found only in this area (especially hummingbirds!) can be seen right from the porch outside the rooms or elsewhere on the property. And we also have a covered dining area with spectacular views into the cloud forest and of the valley down below. Delicious meals are included with the price of the rooms. Laundry service is also available.

The Restaurant

Our restaurant has excellent home-cooked meals; from typical Ecuadorian food to the more European style cuisine, vegetarian or other diets are available upon request. Meals served according to birders' schedules; box meals and snacks available.

Free coffee, tea and water. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks available for purchase. Come and enjoy the work of our excellent chefs and try our new menu in our restaurant. Our menu is new with fish-, chicken- and meat dishes.

Tours in Mindo and Ecuador

The hostel offers also numerous tours for birdwatching, photography and observation in and around Mindo and Ecuador at affortable pricesIn our hostel you can also make reservations for different styles of bird watching tours. For very reasonable prices we take you on a tour that will allow you to photograph an immense amount of different bird species.

Check our bird pages for more information.

Our English-speaking tour guide Vinicio Perez will take you through the cloud forest and to give your the opportunity to see some of the amazing wildlife this region of Mindo in the North-West of Ecuador has to offer.

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