Our tour was in early July of 2013, and it is still a vivid pleasant memory of an enjoyable experience. Our tour was arranged through Natural Habitat Tours and included a day at San Jorge before going to the Galapagos. We extended the tour for an extra day at San Jorge. In addition to the beautiful grounds and tasty meals, the most memorable part of our stay was having the good fortune to have Jorge Cruz as our tour guide for two days. He is the owner of the San Jorge Lodges and shares his remarkable knowledge of the country and its biodiversity in a way that is unique. Jorge is a trained veterinarian with a love of nature. He can spot birds when they are nearly invisible to the untrained eye. He will then explain the type of bird, its gender, and whether it is an adult or an adolescent. Jorge is also extremely knowledgeable about using the native plants for medicinal purposes (so knowledgeable that he has written a book on the subject). If you enjoy nature, want to see a vast array of birds, want to learn about the people of Ecuador, want to learn about the geography of the Ecuador (like it has the highest mountain on earth if measured from the center of the earth), then you could not find a better guide than Jorge while staying at one of his Eco Lodges.
- 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