This is the listing for House #2 in Ecollacta. Ecollacta has been described as a paradise by everyone who has visited it. Ecollacta is a unique 230-acre property with over 240 bird species, and a pure-spring private river inside the property. It offers a very comfortable, peaceful, and private stay with 360° views over the cloud forest. (Each house, or both together, can be rented on their respective listings).
“3 weeks was not enough for Ecollacta! We chose the location because it was in the heart of one of the worlds premier bird watching eco-systems, the view looked great, the house interesting and hiking sounded varied. All our expectations were exceeded on these most important categories and on so many other aspects. We saw over sixty new bird species (professional birders have spotted 250 species on the property) and half were from our private veranda with a cup of fresh coffee in our hands. Our favorite form of bird watching. The view was ever changing form the veranda with alternating cloud forest mountain mists and bright sunshine every day. They kept switching back and forth without it getting too hot or cold which was exhilarating. We hiked or drove and hiked to little village one way, a funky small mountain eco-resort with restaurant another way, a large waterfall with swimming area in Nanegal. We hiked to a private swimming hole in mountain stream right on the property many times., a small manageable flow waterfall with private swimming under it just off the property without seeing another soul. Very convenient drives and short walks to see Cock of the Rock mating rituals (lek)-brilliant red, black and white classic birds of the Andes. An hour and half drive to the Milpe bird sanctuary with hiking and mating dances of the red capped manakins-only birds to make the call with rapid wing vibrations similar to crickets. Also next to Milpe is the Los Bancos Mirador Rio Blanco restaurant with great menu fabulous view of the mountain river valley far below and twenty species of birds viewed from your table with more at humming bird feeders on their mirador patio. We also took a full day trip to the world famous Otavalo Saturday market. Three weeks was just not enough. The house is hand crafted by the very talented owner and his local multi skilled employees. Much of the unique furniture was made on site with materials from the ranch as well as the coast and Quito. Hospitality was truly exceptional with help with daily itineraries, hiring guides, planning hikes, meeting us at the nearby town of Nanegalito the evening we arrived after dark in the rain and introducing us to the best shopkeepers for our first weeks groceries. The owners also took our shopping list with them when they went to Quito for specialty items and gave us all the organic bananas (some in the form of baked cake!) and lemons from their orchard we could eat or make into smoothies and lemonade. Bed was comfortable and the view from the bed was a cloud forest dream. Hot water was always hot. Windows were sparkling clean which made the outdoors come indoors, high windows with screens allowed cool breezes and bird sounds and the distant roar of the mountain river to come in as well. Soundproofing was excellent and shutting the windows was perfect for sleeping if that is your choice of the moment. Having your own 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive SUV was a must while we were there January 2019. The road is being improved constantly and is better in the summer months so checking with owner may find a sedan is ok for your visit. We had our own vehicle which gave us much flexibility on activities. Perhaps a taxi from Nanegalito or Nanegal could work but I would check with owners first. If you can, stay long enough to enjoy fully.”
Ecollacta has been described as a paradise by everyone who has visited it. Located in the famous Mindo Bird Watching Region, Ecollacta is a unique 230-acre property with over 240 bird species, a pure-spring private river inside the property. It offers a very comfortable, peaceful, and private stay with 360° views over the cloud forest. (Each house can be rented separately in their respective listings).
“I want to say that the site is wonderful, with a magnificent view of the protective forest. The sunsets are truly unequaled, the clouds go down to the valley offering a show sincerely rarely seen. We have observed many birds of different colors, red, blue, yellow, combined, etc. The river that comes down from the forest brings water so clear and so pure that you can drink it, even drink it and also bathe. The houses are very large, very well made, very comfortable and with all the necessary waxes, the rooms with very comfortable mattresses and impeccable bathrooms. We had an enjoyable stay and we are sure that in a short term we will return. It is a recommendable place.”
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“We were looking for a getaway in rural Ecuador near Quito, and just searching around the area led us to Berenice and Fausto's place. What caught our eye was the treehouse rooms! We booked for two nights and set off from Quito in a rental car. When we arrived at location according to the pin provided by Airbnb, we weren't in the right location. A quick note to Berenice had her sending her husband, Fausto, to come fetch us. The location was even more remote than we thought, which was perfect for a relaxing weekend. When we arrived, we were greeted by two dogs, a multitude of chickens, a peacock and Berenice with a warm hug and a food on the table. One of the highlights was the meals. The dinners and breakfasts were delicious and only a few dollars per person per meal. So delicious! The setting is magical and the pictures, while accurate, don't do the property justice. It is breathtaking. There isn't really anything to do in the town of Gualea, so relaxation on the property is priority number one. When we arrived, Fausto showed us two cabanas and three treehouses and let us choose were we wanted to stay. We chose a treehouse that had a separate bathroom a few steps away, which is shared with one other room in the trees. The space is small and cozy, and the bed was comfortable. The views were fantastic and transformed with the changing light and rolling clouds. Spending a night in the trees, above it all, was truly special for us. The drive was about 2.5 hours from Quito. We took a side trip to Mindo, too, for lunch one day, about a 50 minute drive from the Airbnb. In all honesty, the views from the Gualea property were superior to anything in Mindo. We had a fantastic time. One note for anyone who is a light sleeper: There are chickens and roosters on the property, so you have to be aware that roosters crow in the mornings. Didn't bother us and added to the remote and rural experience. We highly recommend a stay with Berenice and Fausto!”