I traveled by myself having booked the six day tour of all three lodges. I wears daunted at first when I found I was the only guest. By the way, I am a 70 yr old male.
On the first day I met and was guided by Jorge Luis Cruz, the owners son. It was fantastic. Both he and Dr. Cruz are unbelievable. Both are like walking encyclopedias with superhuman vision. All the reviews I read we're true. Igot 171 birds , 151 of the lifers.
The beds were all comfortable and the lodges at Tandayapa and Milpe are brand new.
You work for those birds. Up at five to get to the feeders for sunrise. Then the chaos begins. I could not keep up with all the birds. I was constantly photographing and making notes to insure which was which. The Jorge would see a bird at a glance and name it and be right.
The hiking can be tiring if you are out of shape but it is rewarding. So is the short night walk for owls, don t miss it.
Overall it was fantastic. I felt like I was visiting an old friend. If you are thinking about it, do it. You will not be sorry. It was all I hoped for.
- 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