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La Minga Eco Lodge

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This small lodge sits at the end of a kilometre long private drive at 2;000m elevation. Surrounded by forest the setting is stunning as you look out across cloud forest and the surrounding mountains. The charm of this place is immediate as you walk into the open dinning area with large kitchen, surrounded by local artefacts and numerous photos of birds.

It has four bedrooms with one very nice double, a twin and two more rooms with three or four beds that can be shared or used by a family. All are pleasantly decorated with interesting furniture and offer a homely feel. With nice hot water bathrooms, places to relax and of course a fabulous veranda where you can watch the birds this is a truly wonderful place to stay.

It is almost impossible to tear yourself away from the veranda which looks out at several well positioned banana feeders and lots of hummingbird feeders. For photographers it’s a dream as you can get great shots of many tanagers such as the superb Multicoloured Tanager plus Saffron-crowned, Golden, and Golden-naped Tanagers, several euphonias plus Red-headed Barbet.

As for the hummingbirds the place is alive with around 12 regular species including Booted Racket-tail, Bronzy Inca, Long-tailed Sylph, Green Thorntail, Western Emerald and Purple-throated Woodstar. Sometime Scarlet-rumped and Emerald Toucanets come in for the fruit.

The surrounding forest belongs the Bitaco reserve which is mostly cloud forest and holds interesting species such as Golden headed Quetzal and Chestnut Wood-Quail.

The owners of the lodge opened it to the public in 2015 but previously and still now it is used as a research station to monitor study and band birds of the area.

We were delighted to be invited to stay here and I’m sure like everyone else that has stayed at this wonderful lodge we would highly recommend it as a place to stay or at least visit if you are in this area.


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