Ecuador – Mindo Homes

by | Aug 13, 2008 | Archives

Mindo Ecuador is one of Ecuador’s beautiful areas. Merri and I purchased (and still own) our first hacienda Rosaspamba near Mindo .

See the latest updates and special opportunities with Mindo real estate for sale here.

Just 45 minutes west of Quito, Mindo has a rapidly growing tourist industry based on Ecotourism in the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest. Birdwatching is especially famous in Mindo as well butterflies, orchids and bromeliads.

Mindo has an altitude of 5,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level and a temperate climate.

There is also a stunning gated community based on eco living being developed near Mindo.

We have taken a number of groups to see this community.

Our friend and attorney, Dr. Andres Cordova has been developing this premier project called Arboretto near Mindo for the past several years.

He recently updated me on this project and I pass on some of his comments to you here. As always, we are not selling this project…just passing the information along .

In fact a major benefit we provide our Ecuador Living subscribers comes from the fact that we are not real estate brokers, but our readers have purchased many millions of dollars of real estate
in Ecuador because of what we have written. The word about our ability to attract buyers has gotten
around and we have many real estate owners and developers ask us to write about their projects.
They almost aways offer us a commission which we always refuse,

We do ask that they provide a discount to Ecuador Living subscribers. Ecuador Living subscribers who buy at at Arboretto receive a $1,000 discount. Learn how to be an Ecuador Living subscriber

Here is what Dr. Andres Cordova shared:


“You are aware of course of our ARBORETTO project in Mindo. We’ve presented the idea to several groups through you with very good feedback. Some of your readers have become participants and we are happy for their trust is now being compensated with a development and concept that should by far exceed their highest expectations.

Here is a shot of one home site


After many months of hard work (years, actually), the experience of having done one of the most successful green projects in one of the most challenging places of Earth and the participation of an increasingly larger group of driven and creative professionals (design, architecture, management, engineering, landscaping, forestry, conceptual and more), ARBORETTO has now taken a qualitatively superior dimension and is poised to become a statement project for Ecuador and beyond.

Here are architectual plans for two houses at the project.

cloud-forest design


We have begun the construction of the main road, which is very advanced by now. The first house is under construction too. Soon we’ll launch an important landscaping and reforestation effort and we’ll commence the construction of the reception house.

The project also has a wonderful river flowing through it.


The next few months should offer dramatic changes in ARBORETTO and the true potential will begin to increasingly show. As we see it, ARBORETTO will be the very best project of its kind in Ecuador. A landmark and statement project that should be an example of the results one gets with passion, drive, creativity and high social and environmental standards.

ARBORETTO will be a resort community where the homeowners may be permanent or temporary residents and will have the option to place their homes into a rental program managed by a structure set up for such purposes. This program will aim for the highest quality of services and for utmost efficiency and rewards for the homeowner.

As ARBORETTO will be the best there is in Ecuador, we are sure it will garner tremendous interest and thus, by being the king of its niche, create a major potential for the participants. The PDF brochure better explains (albeit briefly) the ARBORETTO concept and the principal deliverables. There’s much more than can be said right here right now that will go into ARBORETTO, so we expect participants to be pleasantly surprised in the future.

And BTW, green enterprises such as ours, with active and meaningful social and environmental agendas, normally perform better than enterprises not so driven by these ethical considerations. This is a trend that’s being widely discussed nowadays in business circles and beyond. These projects perform better with the investors and in their bottom line. Read Patricia Aburdene’s Megatrends 2010!

The lots or homesites in ARBORETTO are sized approximately 1.000 square meters each (0.25 acres each). The houses will be secluded amidst trees, plants and landscaped tropical gardens. The communal areas will be extensive, with walkways, parks, lagoons, hummingbird and butterfly parks, tree houses, elevated wooden walkways and more.

Carlos Tobar

You can get two excellent PDF overviews about the ARBORETTO project and pricing from Carlos at