The Mudhouse Hostel is owned and run by husband and wife team, Mendee and Andrés, from the United States and Colombia respectively. Together they designed and built The Mudhouse Hostel.
At age 32, Mendee left the United States headed for the Costa Rican rain forest with not much more than a few personal belongings, her two dogs, and a youthful eagerness to add a fresh new dimension to her life. Two years and an uncountable number of experiences later, the sweet sound of salsa music lured her and her traveling dogs further south to Cali, Colombia.
Andres, a graphic designer by profession and Jack-of-all-trades by practice, returned to Colombia after spending three years abroad, adding color to his own life through the tastes, sights and sounds of European culture- the galleries, museums, architecture, gastronomy- the sum of which served to expand his well-rounded and cultured qualities.
On the sweltering Caribbean coast of Colombia, in a land of unforgettable sunsets is where they met and discovered they share a common passion for design, a love for nature and animals, and enjoy meeting new people and exchanging ideas.
During a brief holiday to Ecuador, they fell easily in love with the sandy beaches, the salty waves, and the simplicity of Mompiche life, where on any given day you will find a fisherman lazily weaving his nets under the shade of a palm tree. It was the idyllic setting to make their dream of a guest house come true.
Putting their design skills to the test, they built a hostel in styles both typical and unique to Mompiche. Their focus was on creating a warm and cozy space while utilizing construction methods with minimal environmental impact. Having built the first and only adobe (dirt) structure in Mompiche, the hostel was christened “The Mudhouse,” a place for others to enjoy and feel safe and at home far away from their own homes.
In addition to running the hostel, the couple is also proactive within the local community on issues such as the protection of the mangroves and the nearby forest and beaches from exploitation and invasive mining, as well as being active in community events and working to bring awareness to the public of how actions impact the environment. They are also avid supporters of Mompiche’s local animal refuge. The couple believes they have a responsibility to give a voice to those with no voice.
Their principle and guiding ambition in this lifetime is to be happy, kind, and grateful.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain