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EL Septimo Paraiso, Mindo, Ecuador

Top 10 Species

1Pinocchio AnoleAnolis proboscisAll Year1km
2Toucan BarbetSemnornis ramphastinusAll Year2-10km
3Club-winged ManakinMachaeropterus deliciosusAll Year1km
4Cloud-forest Pygmy OwlGlaucidium nubicolaAll Year1km
5Booted Racket-tailOcreatus underwoodiiAll Year1km
6Crimson-bellied WoodpeckerCampephilus haematogasterAll Year1km
7Velvet-purple CoronetBoissonneaua jardiniAll Year1km
8TayraEira barbaraAll Year2-10km
9Violet-tailed SylphAglaiocercus coelestisAll Year1km
10OlinguitoBassaricyon neblinaAll Year2-10km

El Septimo Paraiso, Country Hotel & Cloud Forest Reserve

Septimo Paraiso opened its doors in March 2001. We are on our 15th year of proud ecologically and environmentally safe tourism. We stress the fact that ecotourism can be done first class, offering our clients the best service and infrastructure without losing our sense for conservation.We not only offer outstanding service but a unique experience of the Cloud Forest (located at the south-edge of the Choco - Ecuador Andes), innovating new ideas and exiting adventures every year. We are currently developing news tours for photography and mammal sittings. In the past years we introduced the Safari Nocturnal Tour, which is a night walk to view amphibians, insects and many more night crawlers.

A Country Hotel, located at just one hour from Quito, Ecuador; 2 km from the 'Y' of Mindo, towards the village.
The Lodge has 23 rooms with private bathrooms, hot water (from our own water spring) and it is decorated in an vintage elegant country style. The hotel is situated in the upper Mindo Valley, surrounded by exotic and lavish cloud forest and offers an extraordinary experience of the amazing biodiversity of the area.
Septimo Paraiso is a 100% ecological country hotel, we are firm believers that recycling must be done.

Restaurant & Bar

La Chorrera Bar-Restaurant A beautiful elegant country style restaurant with special national and international home made food prepared with the unique style of our experienced staff of chefs.
The Game Room "Puma" is a casual and relaxed bar area with a full size pool table, table soccer, darts, music and TV via satellite link with PPV facilities and a beautiful fireplace.
La Cava has a very interesting collection of the finest Argentinean and Chilean wines available in all the areas of the Hotel.


The Tandayapa and Mindo Valleys, just 84 km northwest of Quito, are amongst the best birding sites in South America. Around 430 species have been recorded, with 370 around Mindo alone, the birding here is excellent with species such as Toucan Barbet, Scaled Antpitta, Spillman`s Tapaculo, Little Woodstar, Long-Wattled Umbrellabird, Tanager-finch, Black-crowned Tityra, Golden-Bellied Warbler, Torrent Duck,White-capped Dipper and many more.
Birding at Septimo Paraiso is a magical experience, the overwhelming 322 species makes birdwatching here unforgettable. Birdwatching at its best!

Cloud Forest Reserve

Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest Reserve is a private protected area, created in 2001, with the aim of saving and preserving the forest and the diverse ecosystems that are contained within it. It is managed by the Green Mindo Foundation, which is in charge of the conservation and the study of its 420 hectares of pre-montane and montane cloud forest.
The Reserve has one of the largest bird counts of the north-western area of Pichincha, with 328 species of birds. Several species of mammal have been found; such as Puma, Spectacled Bear, Black Howler Monkey, Capuchin Monkey, Andean Coati, armadillos, White-tailed and Brocket Deer, Two-toed Sloth to name just a few. Also an incredible number of reptile and amphibian species had been spotted, plus an overwhelming number of plant species. The altitude within the reserve drastically changes from 950 meters to 1650 meters above sea level. In addition, the isolation of the region has created one of the most delicate, but rich and complex ecosystems known in the Mindo region.

See for yourself - come and stay with us at Septimo Paraiso

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