While properties focus on birding tours there is so much more. We spent a few days between the San Jorge Eco lodge and the Tandayapa lodge and found that it was the highlight of our trip.
We planned our trip around seeing the Galapagos Islands and, while they were spectacular the lodges tucked away in the highlands, cloud forest, rain forest and amazon river basin were fantastic. Thinking we would explore the mainland before our departure we booked a few days with the San Jorge Eco lodges. What an amazing find. We new instantly that we could come back and just explore Ecuador. We highly recommend sometime in Ecuador for anyone considering travel in South America.
The staff with the San Jorge Eco lodges were fantastic. They have a local number in the states and Cheryl is easy to talk to and makes all your arrangements for your customized travel needs. Best food of our entire trip was with them in all inclusive trip package that allowed us to hike and explore or join others traveling the "Magic birding circuit". While we are not "birders" we found seeing and learning about them much more interesting than we would have thought.
The owner Dr Cruz has published books about birds in the different eco zones that you will see and also on medicinal plants found in each zone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito (High Barren Plains/Highland Rainforest) 18th Century Spanish Hacienda located in the Pichincha Foothills offering airport transfers 24/7 or pick up from downtown Quito. Comfortable Andes hacienda rooms with private bath/hot shower, decorated in typical decor; game room, lounge, restaurant, bar and small museum. Free Wi-Fi offered in upper level rooms. We are the only private nature reserve near the city of Quito, situated on a 230 acre reserve, offering nature and complete relaxation, yet 25 minutes away. Explore our beautiful gardens, birdwatching & hiking trails, hummingbird feeders, delicious cuisine and views of 11 mountains & volcanos in the distance overlooking Quito. Pre-reserved guided tours are available for birdwatching, hiking & natural history, medicinal plants, cultural tours & add on extension cruises to The Galapagos Islands or Amazon Jungle. We also own San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Lodge & Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) & two Lodges at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve - San Jorge Cliff Lodge & NEW San Jorge Forest Lodge (Upper Tropical Rainforest) listed #1 in Trip Advisor. All private reserves & lodges are within 2 hours radius of Quito. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge And Botanical Reserve
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve Hotel Quito