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Situated in Mindo, one of the ornithological meccas that scarcely needs an introduction. This is the area of Latin America with the most soppecies of reduced distribution (50+), and endemics (39 Choco endemics). Within a radius of 40km around the town more than 676 species have been recorded! This is one of the most biodiverse places in the world!

The house id found on a hill a little apart from the centre of Mindo and in the 200ha private Hacienda de San Vicente, which contains good birding trails that are free to use for guests (those staying elsewhere have to pay 6US$ per person to enter. The Hacienda land has a long history of ornithological research and birding tourism that dates back to the 1980s, and there is an impressive vistor’s book to show for it.

The covered balconies of the cabins make for excellent observation towers, especially if it is a rainy day.

Unbeatable price/ quality ratio: 18-25 US$ per person per night with breakfast. If you rent a room for a week or a month, the price lowers considerably. Service is friendly and attentive. The cabins are woodem, very comfortable and spotlessly clean.

As with the majority of accommodation in Ecuador, there are sugar feeders. The Yellowhouse feeders attract 39+ species of hummingbird. Breakfast is served in a spacious dining room with large windows where a multitude of species visit the bird table in front (mot-mots, tanagers…) while you have a delicious freshly made fruit juice and watch them.

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