Southern Ecuador: an excellent option for those visting Podocarpus National park (3km from the Bombuscaro entrance and also not far from the city of Zamora). This accommodation is run by a Belgian couple and it ticks all the boxes as far as responsible eco-tourism is concerned. With a capacity of 18-20 places, theer are four rustic bedrooms for two in bunks, with a shared bathroom, ideal for those on a tight budget. For those with more cash to spend there are six first class cabins with a double bed and private bathroom. All showers have hot water and all cabins have a balcony with excellent views over the Bombuscaro valley.
The food is delicious: typical Ecuadorian fare and international dishes with plenty of fruit. Breakfasts are an ‘all you can eat‘ -style buffet. Dinner si more elaborate than lunch, which you are advised to take with you into the field. Food is served in an open porch, with feeders and bird baths around about- a paradise for any birder- 30+ species of hummingbird and numerous tanagers and cracids- all visible while you enjoy your meal.
There is a network of trails through the grounds, where you can observe Gray Tinamou and Rufous-breasted Wood-quail. To visit Podocarpus National Park , you can take a public bus and ask the driver to drop you near the entrance, although walking there and birding the road up to the entrance is preferable.
Prices are around 25 US$ per person in the shared rustic cabins and 42 US$ per private cabin. For food you should add between 23-29 US$ on top, depending on whether you choose a packed lunch option (2014 prices).
There are no problems recharging phones, batteries and computers 24h.
Free WiFi access in the dining area.
There is a quick drying room for clothes.