2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 4 Sleeps
Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron
- english, spanish
About Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron
We're a tri-cultural family, having lived in Chile, Ecuador, and the United States. Since 1998 we have been in love with Mindo and its surrounding area, and in 2007 were able to start our dreams of raising our family here. Our two children, ages 7 and 13, speak both English, Spanish, and Spanglish, and have the unique opportunity to adventure outside without worrying about cars or strangers, or take walks into town and enjoy the magnificent views, natural lifestyle, and slow pace of life.
Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron chose Mindo
Mindo is neither too hot, too cold, nor too humid--it is perfect. It is located about 5,000 -6,500 feet above sea level, and as such is above the Ecuadorian malarial zone. Its seasons are divided into rainy and dry, with half the year (approximately June to December) being the dry season, and the other half (December to June), the rainy one. During that time it may rain all day, or just predominantly in the afternoon, leaving the mornings pleasant and sunny for outdoor activities. In this case, usually after such exercise, afternoon rains are a refreshing welcome, with the rhythmic sound calming you after a day of activities, or lulling you to sleep from so much fun. Wildlife, in both flora and fauna, is abundant here, and unique to this small corner of the world. Mindo is also primarily known for outdoor and adventure activities, all of which are in close range to our property at Posada La Lomita. Contrary to many other parts of Ecuador and South America, you will notice that the Mindo community has an appreciation and understanding of the importance of the biodiversity of this region, and as such provides resources and support for its continued existence.
What makes this Cottage unique
You will find perhaps other homes in Mindo, or lodges and cabins that offer your own private sleeping quarters, but what sets us apart is our closeness with nature, yet privacy and remoteness from the town, in which you can take advantage of the large house and expansive property for carrying on your own activities. We are self-sufficient and in control of our energy consumption; when Mindo is without electricity, we are not. Likewise, when Mindo is without water, we also are not. The house doesn't offer residence to multiple guests at once, but rather one family at a time--thus ensuring a complete private, family experience. We have no visible neighbors, yet we are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from town and all the much desired tourist activities. Depending on your mood and your longing for seclusion, you can all of it, none of it, or pick and choose your level of anonymity and socialization. Posada La Lomita is a paradise suitable for every kind of person, family, and personality!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Absolutely, one of the best places we have ever stayed at
The owners are great people. The 10+ species of hummingbirds at the place put on a great show. The sauna/pool was extremely refreshing. Being surrounded by rain forest jungle with just the sounds of wildlife was rejuvenating. All the fun of Mindo a short walk away.
A very good experience in every way. A clean, roomy 2 BR cottage in the well-maintained grounds that look just like the photo. Gas water-heater provides nice hot water and there's a gas cook-top and refrigerator. Lights and outlets are solar/battery powered, plentiful power even in the rainy season during my 11 day stay.
Mindo is maybe 2 Km away, 35 minute pleasant walk or $3-4 taxi ride. It's manageable for those who have little or no Spanish, but has a nice rather exotic ambience. 2+ hours from Quito.
The property owners were remarkably pleasant, very helpful, they live on the property, available when you need something, but not intrusive on your privacy.
Many people who visit Ecuador, and Mindo especially, are looking for birds. There are lots of great birding areas within a few Km. The grounds of the Posada, and its immediate neighborhood, have plenty of birds too - I tallied at least 7 different hummingbirds species, motmots, Swallow-tailed Kites, Common Potoo, toucans and parrots for a start.
Nano will take you to the waterfall a 20 minute walk away.
Perfect for those who would like to get away from the Holiday Inn type accommodation, enjoy the rich flora and fauna, be exposed to the Ecuadorian ambience and culture, yet do so in comfort.
High stardard accommodation in beautiful grounds and surrounding countryside
Despite some electricity restriction La Lomita is a delightful and rewarding place to stay. The cottage is well appointed with high quality furnishings, efficiently maintained and scrupulously clean. The owners, Fernando and Marjorie, together with their young children live close by and should the need arise, are always ready to advise and help in the most unobtrusive manner. In our case we are indebted to Marjorie for making possible an urgently needed communication with home when our own devices failed. More routinely we were invited to rides into Mindo whenever they journeyed themselves and they gave valued information regarding local guiding and chauffeur services.
For those seeking to experience Ecuador's superb birdlife we know of no better place both within the grounds itself and the many reserves within easy reach. Scenic walks are close by and for the more energetic zip lines and river tubing activities are also available. For particular attraction to us was the private on site stream fed swimming pool. Our visit there was usually followed with a glass or two lazing in the adjacent gazebo.
If like us, you desire a taste of the natural life combined with a high degree of comfort we know of no better place.
Janet & Roy W. United Kingdom
Thank you Roy and Janet for your lovely words! It's always a pleasure to have such wonderful guests and we hope to see you here again someday ;-)
A Must Stay!
Our party of four had an absolutely wonderful time at this property. Nano and Marjorie were extremely helpful both before our arrival and during our stay, answering our many questions and assisting us in finding transportation. One of the most memorable parts of our trip was the hike to the waterfall with Nano-we loved learning about the source of the property's water while viewing the cloud forest around us. Sometimes we took the half-hour walk into town, other times we easily found a taxi to take us. We found the people of Mindo extremely kind and trustworthy. The property was wonderful, even better than the pictures! Whether it was reading in the hammocks, playing croquet on the lawn, or spending time at the pristine pool, our time there was relaxing. We highly recommend getting breakfast, as you will be treated to eggs from the property's hens, tea made from the garden's herbs, and delicious fruits. Bringing rain boots will definitely help you on the waterfall hike and on your other Mindo adventures-we were kindly lent some! It is evident from your first step onto the property and continues to be evident throughout your stay-Nano and Marjorie have a wonderful vision and are passionate about what they do. We would come back in a heartbeat!
Thank you all for such nice feedback! It was a pleasure to host you and we'd love to see you back again someday ;-) Best to you all!
Nature and People at their Best!
This is a spectacular property with wonderful owners. Marjorie and Nano were gracious hosts that went out of their way to make our stay special. The property and cottage are immaculate. All the small details really were appreciated- flowers in the cottage, homemade insect repellent, shampoo, conditioner, delicious coffee, interpreting the artisan chocolate tour, the waterfall hike, information and directions beforehand, etc….. If you are looking for a quiet retreat in nature, this is the place!
Thanks Jodi! We enjoyed your stay very much too, as well as the opportunity to get to know you and your family ;-) We're so happy you had a wonderful time and hope to see you again in the future!
A spectacular place to stay
This was our favourite place to stay during our five week trip to Ecuador. The house is beautiful and the landscape is stunning. Marjorie and Nano really made our stay though, just by being friendly, helpful and available.
When our boys didn't want to share a double bed, they dismantled it and put in bunk beds. They lent me binoculars when I mentioned that I was interested in the birds, they took us on a hike to local waterfalls. They suggested places to go and set up a bird-watching tour. They brought fresh eggs and told us to help ourselves to salad from the greenhouse and lemons off of the trees.
We loved the natural pool which we swam in every day. We also liked to have our morning coffee down at the hammock gazebo.
It really was a wonderful week spent.
Thank you Nick and family for your wonderful words ;-) We enjoyed your stay here just as much as you did! We hope to see you again some time!