While you often hear the term “eco-tourism” used to talk about pristine destinations like the Ecuador cloud forest we prefer to think of what we offer as community tourism. We live on site and hire local staff that not only care about the area, but work hard to make sure it stays the amazing place they grew up in. The local bird watching guides we use for our Mindo birding tours know the flora and fauna of the area incredibly well and, more importantly, share their love of nature every time you walk with them. Even the drivers we use to get you from our lodge to town, your cloud forest tour or other fun activity are local and know both the best way to your destination and can help you get the lay of the land around you.
In addition to working with local staff and guides, we support the local economy in other ways too. We have a good relationship with the farmers, fishermen and ranchers in the area and buy from them as much as possible. All of the dairy and meat we serve at the lodge is local and we use local and organic produce whenever it is available. We work hard to ensure we are supporting our neighbors that grow the food Mindo needs to thrive and go straight to the producer whenever possible.
The Mindo cloud forest is fragile and since it is important to us that the lodge stays clean we are constantly on the lookout for cleaning products that are both effective and sensitive to the pristine area around us. All of the cleaning products we buy are locally produced in Quito and designed specifically to be biodegradable and eco-friendly. We are not your average Mindo hotel and we hope you will come visit us to experience the difference.
Mindo is still on its way to being a global eco destination, but change is happening and it's exciting to be part of the process. We are committed to ensuring that the area develops with respect for the pristine cloud forest and the native flora and fauna while providing opportunities to the local community. We invite you to come and kick up your heels at Casa Divina Lodge and participate in community tourism in the making.