Septimo Paraiso, Cloudforest, Ecuador
Septimo Paraiso is located ten minutes outside of the small town of Mindo in a protected cloudforest reserve. It was founded in 2001 with the goal of preserving the forest and its diverse ecosystems. The reserve has one of the largest bird counts in the northwestern area of Pichincha; with 328 species of birds identified. The altitude within the reserve varies from 950 metres to 1,650 metres; creating one of the most delicate, rich and complex ecosystems known in the Mindo region.
The lodge has 23 simple rooms with an air of old country elegance to them. No one room is the same, and allocation is dependent on availability at booking stage. However, all come with private bathrooms and hot water sourced from their own spring. There are plenty of facilities at the lodge including an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, cloud forest walking trails, frog trail, two restaurants, a bar and an outdoor patio. In addition to birdwatching, a variety of other activities can be arranged in the local area including chocolate tours, rafting, and visits to orchid and hummingbird gardens.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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Mashpi is a new, luxury lodge in the cloudforest region of Ecuador. It features contemporary design and décor, mixing warm earth tones and clean lines: a cosy cocoon amid the forest.
Sachatamia Lodge is a privately owned ecological reserve, just over an hour and a half from Quito, nestled in the cool cloudforest near to Mindo.
Tandayapa is a small birding lodge set on the western slope of the Ecuadorian Andes in the Mindo cloudforest region, and started life as a reforestation project in 1999. Its location in the Tandayapa Valley makes it a perfect base for exploring the Choco bio region.