El Descanso, Mindo

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El Descanso Reviews

This is a super place if you like birds and butterflies. Bring a book on the birds of Ecuador and your binoculars. You will find more bird species here than almost anywhere in the world. Ask local guide Maria to take you and see the red rock rooster. And of course, I was very much taken by my gracious hostess Flor.

Rolf van de Pavert

I have been there for 3 days. Everthing is very nice, however the breakfast is unbelievable good!! Thank you again.

Heike / Kassel / Germany


El Descanso Reviews from the Web

relaxing atmosphere, lots of humming birds in the backyard

Customer review

Good breakfast, very friendly and informative owner who speaks a little English, clean, comfortable, homely. Wifi, kitchen and laundry services available. Amazing location for bird and general wildlife watching, the garden was brimming with hummingbirds, they were within an arm's length of me, and I was there in low season! I also saw toucans, other birds and an armadillo... Highly recommended to anyone with even a slight interest in nature or wildlife photography.

Customer review

Nice quite location, close to everything. Hammocks and incredible humming birds in the back garden.

Customer review

Lovely hostel, great location, beautiful hummingbirds, 24 hour hot water, fabulous breakfast too (they will do you an early one too if you are getting the 6.30am bus back to Quito). Stayed an extra night than we intended!

Customer review

Just an excellent authentic stay in Ecuador. The host is a very helpful guy, and extremely accommodating.

Customer review

Everything was OK!!!

Customer review

The garden and especially the hummingbird feeders were lovely. So was the woman who made us breakfast each morning, and got up extra early on the day we left at 5.30am to go birding. The hammocks were also great.

Customer review

Friendly and helpful owner

Customer review

The humminbirds in the Garden were unbelievably numerous and delightful

Customer review

A wonderful helpful and friendly couple run this hostal.Excelent place to watch humming birds. They help you with place to go without trying to sell guided tours. Loely wooden building with polished floors.

Meg Fearns


Descansar means in spanish to be calm as well as to relax. Peace and relaxation is what you will get here. In the guest-house "el descanso" we are available for all your requests. We can organize excursions for you, give you special tips, or you can just relax and enjoy the solitude.

We offer you the following services:
- rooms with private baths
- a generous breakfast
- washing machine, tumbler
- restaurant
- utilization of the kitchen
- internet access
- rental bikes
- walking tours with guide
- tour organisation, travel agency
- walking-tour to the waterfall
- aradise for birds and butterflies
- quiet place
- special atmosphere

Our prices per person:

Attic bedroom with shared bathroom
breakfast included US $ 12.-

Room with private bathroom
breakfast included US $ 16.-

Location and Contact


• Hostal El Descanso is located in the super lush cloud forest of Mindo, Ecuador, 2.5 hours by bus outside of Quito.
• Mindo has about 2'500 inhabitants whose livelihood comes mainly from cattle breeding, agriculture and tourism. This wonderful and peaceful place is nestled between mountain chains and surrounded by 19'000 hectares of primary and secondary forests. This area counts more than 500 different kind of birds and about 40 different sorts of butterlies, which is the biggest variety in so a small area in South America.



Address: Calle Los Colibries, Mindo, Ecuador

El Descanso is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website El Descanso Mindo (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: ++00593 (0)2 390-0443
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Facilities and Amenities




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk




Lounge Area

Credit Card Payments

Max. Age: All Ages

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 6:30 AM - 9 PM (06:30-21:00)


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