About this listing
Our guests love their stay in a real chocolate factory. Included with your room is the most reliable wifi in Mindo (we have a backup system), a tour of our artisan chocolate factory and the best breakfast you will find in Mindo! Ask about 2nd room.
El Quetzal is chocolate heaven. You will stay in a chocolate factory where we make artisan chocolate beginning with the cocoa bean. El Quetzal is located in Mindo, Ecuador, known for several hundred bird species and world class birding tours, many waterfalls, zip lines, great restaurants, butterfly houses, frog concerts, it is a beautiful spot. El Quetzal has organic gardens where much of the food comes from that is served in the on-site restaurant. Our popular Chocolate making tours are offered 7 days per week and included with your room. With your room you also get your choice of the best breakfasts in town. We freshly roast coffee at El Quetzal and serve espresso, cappuccinos and a large choice of coffee drinks. We serve freshly made world famous brownies made with our own in-house made chocolate. We also make ice cream on-site and lots of other delicious menu items. We have free wireless internet, laundry on site, beautiful mountain views. El Quetzal is walking distance to the main square in MIndo where you will find a variety of restaurants and shops. There are many areas close by to hike, bike or horseback ride. Mindo is a scenic 2.5 hour bus ride from Quito.
Laundry service is available for an extra charge.
Interaction with Guests
I travel to and from Mindo two to three times per year. We also have a chocolate making business in Michigan and I am often there. I am sorry if I don't get to meet you. Jose is there more often and Leslie manages the business in Mindo. She speaks both English and Spanish perfectly and she can help you with anything that you need. We also have other staff members who speak English and can help with any of your needs. ~Barbara
Our address is 9 de Octubre. Mindo. Although few people in Mindo know the names of the streets and there are no street signs. Anyone you ask (not tourists, but locals) will know where El Quetzal Chocolate Factory is. We are just two blocks from the main square in town and you can also follow signs or directions to Casa de Cecilia. There are a few information stations on the main drag in Mindo where people speak some English. We are walking distance to most things in Mindo.
The Kennedy bus line goes into Mindo from Quito or Guayaquil. Any bus to Los Bancos will pass Mindo, where you can get off and take a taxi down into Mindo. Take a taxi for $70-$100 from Quito, depending on where you are coming from. When you arrive in Mindo most things are walking distance from El Quetzal. There are plenty of taxis in town to get to the waterfalls, frog concert, butterfly gardens that are a little farther away.
We can call a taxi for you if you like, just let us know.
Other Things to Note
El Quetzal is open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm seven days a week. If you are going to check-in after 8:00 pm, please make arrangements in advance.
We only expect that you are quiet and respectful of others. We want you and other guests to have as pleasant of a stay as possible. We have not had any problems with any of our airbnb guests at all and don't expect any.
I am from Michigan and I am an artisan chocolate maker. I also have a restaurant and chocolate making business in Mindo, Ecuador. We rent a few rooms in our place. I have two websites with more information: El Quetzal de Mindo and Mindo Chocolate Makers.