El Refugio Cloud Forest Lodge is located in Intag, in Imbabura Province, Ecuador. The lodge is on 75 acres of land, partly fields and partly forest. The Toabunchi River passes through it. At 6,000 feet, the weather is spring-like, with cool temperatures in the evening, typically ranging into the 70s during the day.
There are seven guest rooms. The Hummingbird House first floor has two bedrooms, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a screened-in porch. The second floor suite has a private bath and a balcony. The Trogon House has four guest rooms, each with private bath. The house also features two spacious glassed-in porches with comfortable seating.
The River House is the owner´s house and is available at certain times of the year.
Rooms are $66 per night per person. This includes breakfast. Additional meals are $12 each. The charge for the River House is $90 per person, which also includes breakfast. TAXES: 10% Service, 12% I.V.A. (VAT).
WiFi is available free of charge.
DISCOUNTS: Available for extended stays; and for Website reservations (minimum 2 nights, 10% discount when requested).
A deposit is required. The remaining payment can be made with cash or through Paypal (on site). A reservation is secured by a first night payment in $USD for all rooms requested. The security deposit is non-refundable and transferable for one year from the reservation date.
Northwest Ecuador cloud forests have been described as perhaps the most biologically diverse in the world, especially in terms of their flora. The farmland and surrounding forests of El Refugio have a prodigious number of orchids and other flowers, of trees (including the medicinal wonder-tree Sangre de drago), and of various epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants), such as bromeliads. There are many birds. Mammals are much harder to see, but many interesting ones live at or pass through the farm.