Séptimo Paraíso

Lodge in Mindo

On the steep hillside descent from the main road and 2km from Mindo proper is this ecologically minded, hidden-away, country-style collection of wooden buildings. Rooms are rustic (maybe a bit musty) and understated, with wood-paneled walls, splashes of color and some wonderful antiques. The lodge also has an excellent restaurant, The Cloud, a hot tub and heated pool.

Try the 'Septimo Paraiso sin pecado' (seventh heaven with no sin) three-combo dessert, if you must, including blueberry ice-cream.

‘Seventh heaven’ operates the Green Mindo Foundation, which conducts cloud-forest research and bird counts, educates locals on conservation efforts, reforests old pastureland and oversees a 420-acre reserve.