Casa de Cecilia

Hostel in Mindo

The bucolic outdoor patio – even if it is concrete – and riverside location add an out-of-the-way feel and a place to relax for those staying in the maze of single beds. Several good-value private rooms ($15) with more space are in the two-story building next door. There's an outdoor fireplace on the hammock deck and an open-air kitchen on the river.

On nice days take advantage of the lovely swimming hole in the river and sunbathing platform. Ask staff about long-term discounts. Breakfast costs $3.50 to $4.