Long time reader Emoeke Ullmann and I are friends on Facebook. When I saw her beautiful posts about a little-known Mindo ecolodge, I asked if she would be willing to write a few words. After all, we have only visited Mindo one time as we tend to gravitate towards the Tandayapa Valley. What follows are Emoeke’s impressions of the La Bicok Ecolodge with accompanying photos by her bird-loving husband, Nikolaj Ullmann. Thanks to them both for this guest post!

A Mindo Ecolodge Worth Visiting

La Bicok Ecolodge is situated near the center of the village of Mindo and has only seven rooms. There is a nice garden here with a lot of blooming plants and a swimming pool. It is very quiet here, a place for relaxing with excellent meals.

Over a small bridge, it is easy to visit the town of Mindo with only a few minutes walk. There you will find several travel agencies willing to book day trips and excursions.

This lodge is popular with local Ecuadorians. The owner is French and the staff primarily speak Spanish. If you decide to visit here, you should have at least basic Spanish.

On a walk near the La Bikok Ecolodge, Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann

The Birds at Bicok Ecolodge

Furthermore, while there is a large choice of activities that you can book directly at the Bicok Ecolodge, you don’t need to leave the grounds to enjoy yourself. You can see a lot of birds visiting the flowers and hummingbirds visiting the feeders.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, La Bikok Ecolodge, Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann
Unidentified, La Bikok Ecolodge, Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann
Unidentified, La Bikok Ecolodge, Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann
Blue-necked Tanager, La Bikok Ecolodge, Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann
White-lined Tanager, La Bikok Ecolodge, Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann
White-lined Tanager (female), La Bikok Ecolodge, Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann
Bananaquit, Bicok Ecolodge Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann
Rufous Motmot, La Bikok Ecolodge, Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nikolai Ullman
White-throated Crake, La Bikok Ecolodge, Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann
Yellow-rumped Tanager Feeding Chick, Bicok Ecolodge Mindo, Ecuador | ©Nicolaj Ullmann

Information For Your Trip

Room rate for 2 people: $60 with breakfast

Lunch: $14 per person

Dinner: $22 per person

  • Direction by Car, use WAZE and look for La Bicok, La Peña, Mindo, Ecuador
  • Direction by Public Transportation There are several companies leaving from the Terminal Ofelia to Mindo. Please be aware that there is a risk of having expensive camera equipment stolen on public buses. You may prefer to hire private transport.

Bicok Ecolodge