Jorge Cruz has purchased big blocks of wild forest (some virgin) in four different eco-systems in Ecuador, reserving them for birding and hiking - a really inspiring endeavour. We spent a week total over the three areas that have been developed so far (Quito, Tandayapa, and Milpe) and saw over 250 bird species in 7 days. Both Jorge senior and his son, Jorge Luis, are gifted and knowledgeable birders and were willing at every turn to assist the novice in both identification and sighting strategies. They asked about our goals for the trip and customized their plans and assistance to those.
The food at all three lodges was outstanding, and the service always friendly and efficient. The rooms just kept getting better as we went from Quito to Tandayapa to Milpe. If I were to do it over again, I'd spend at least three full days at Milpe. Don't cut this trip short!
- 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 & Botanical Reserve Hotel Quito
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge And Botanical Reserve