A tropical, ecological hideaway, blending seamlessly into its natural surrounds, the picturesque Minga Lodge and Reserve is situated between two of the most recognised bio-diverse areas in Ecuador, Yasuní National Park and Sumaco National Park. Protecting over 700 acres of primary and secondary-growth rainforest, an indicator of the lodge’s successful conservation efforts is the great diversity of endangered species present. The reserve is home to half of the area’s species of monkeys, over 300 species of birds, 248 butterflies, 78 frogs, 72 reptiles, and 62 mammals.
Some of the lodge’s incredible initiatives we love:
The Minga Agriculture Learning Center (MALC) sits at the heart of the lodge’s conservation and community engagement efforts and is where much of the food at Minga Lodge is grown, including superfoods like cacao, plantain, honey, and coffee. It is also home to the Melipona Bee Rescue Center and Sanctuary. These small, stingless bees are critical to the area’s biodiversity. Currently, there are 21 hives housing 13 distinct species. The MALC is also an important training center for local farmers in the area, and for college and university students for research and internships.
Minga Lodge and Reserve is a committed partner of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. All of the lodge’s immersive experiences have been co-created with community members to honour their lives, homes, and hearts. Most of the lodge’s staff are from the local rio napo area, enabling guests to gain an unprecedented understanding of their community and their way of life. The lodge has also been able to engage in several local initiatives that help improve livelihoods and quality of life.