El Monte Lodge

  • El Monte Lodge
  • El Monte Lodge
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Rustic, eco-friendly lodge in a remote nature reserve, with an emphasis on simple and sustainable living combined with comfort and attractive contemporary style.

The rustic, eco-friendly El Monte Lodge is set on the Río Mindo within a lush private nature reserve. It places an emphasis on its simple and sustainable living, and has a distinct air of remoteness – even reaching the property is an adventure, entailing a memorable river crossing via a wooden swing operated by ropes and pulleys.

Once within the grounds, an idyllic scene unfolds: the main lodge with its dramatic pitched roof is surrounded by lustrous, mist-shrouded greenery, dissected by the river which flows past the lodge’s six thatched cabins.

These follow a traditional indigenous design and look very much at home within the surrounding cloud-forest, alive with the movement and song of the area's abundant bird population. The lodge is powered by solar panels and hydroelectricity. There's a bar, lounge and games area within the giant, open-sided cedar wood main lodge, cosily kitted out with sofas and two open fire pits. This is also the only area to get Wi-Fi and the setting for set menu meals (no red meat), prepared using produce from the lodge's own garden

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What our clients say

  • Lovely place to finish our holiday. If only we had another day there!

    TC, St Albans
  • Wonderful retreat in such peaceful surroundings. Food is superb and hosts very genuine, friendly people committed to their business.

    KS Southampton
  • "The owners of El Monte were most welcoming. The lodge was run on the most positive ecological lines and the simple cooking delicious.”

    JH, Chester
  • Wonderful place and setting. An extra night would have been better....As it was, we saw little of El Monte as we had to leave at 5am next day. This was…

    MP, Hemel Hempstead
  • Accessed by a rope-drawn seat across a river, El Monte is a fabulous eco-lodge set in lovely grounds. The owner, Tom, is extremely helpful and great company. The food is…

    JB, Newcastle
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Our Expert's Opinion

Even the arrival here is dramatic, being pulled across the river by rope and pulleys on a swing (don't worry there's more than enough room for you and your luggage). Once there the grounds offer a unique insite into the unique eco system of the cloud forest with plenty of trails to explore and discover.

Jamie Swan Product & Marketing Jamie backpacked across Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil before joining us; he has a degree in politics and is also a keen sportsman..


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