Visit El Monte
FEEL THE LUSHNESS OF TROPICAL CLOUD FOREST
One of the best ways to describe El Monte is that we are “unique”, mostly because of our environmental philosophy and personal touches. Our aim has been to enjoy living in Mindo, and at the same time help protect the forest and do as low impact of tourism as possible. A conscience decision was made to stay small and that there should be some sort of ratio between guests received and amount of land owned to keep the ecological impact to a minimum.
By just passing through a paradise one may miss the hidden beauty of it… that’s why at El Monte all activities are led by local Mindo guides. Although the guides are mostly Spanish speaking they still will be able to point out the many colorful birds, medicinal plants, exotic orchids and show you the way to beautiful waterfalls and scenic lookouts. Mealtime conversations (in English), for those inclined, are usually free flowing but often include discussions about conservation, Cloud Forest biology or the history of Mindo.
Part of the experience of El Monte are the meals. Not only do we eat well, we also eat low – on the food chain that is! Mostly vegetarian and definitely diverse the menu includes lots of green, yellow, purple and red, with a bit of brown and white mixed in. Remember good food has lots of color. We serve no red meat due to the inefficiency of beef production and the resulting destruction of tropical forests. Read more. But don’t worry about a lack of protein, we do serve some chicken, turkey and fish dishes. Due to the creativity of our cooks we can’t guarantee exactly what you will be having, just that it will be good. Our water comes from a gravity powered underground spring.
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