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Tandayapa Bird Lodge
Ranked #58 of 114 Hotels in Quito
Bristol, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“A friendly lodge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014

This lodge is owned by Tropical birding, with whom we were doing a 3 1/2 week birding tour. We stayed here six nights. The lodge was some way from Quito but felt like another world. The entrance road was cobbled and a bit overgrown, which made a great entrance. From where the vehicles are parked there is a short but steep walk up to the lodge. Going up this twice a day definitely got you fit. The lodge building consisted of a lovely dining area with big windows by the tables, sofas and a library corner, a huge verandah with chairs for watching the many hummingbird feeders and a corridor to the rooms. This is what I loved about this lodge the most. Having the rooms within the same building meant that I could put my 11 year old daughter to bed and then come back to dinner or to do the bird log in the sitting area. Also, there was no having to go outside and walk along paths in the dark to get to your room. There were also some mosquitoes in this lodge, so it was good not to be going outside at night.

The food at this lodge was very good and they were able to cater for our vegetarian diets. They were also helpful in the kitchen, so I was able to go in and cook super noodles that we had brought with us (I know!).

The birding here was fantastic, going up the mountain to different altitudes for varied birds. We also visited Refugio Paz for hand fed Antpittas, Rio Silanche Santuary PVM and Milpe. My only negative comment is that the lodge is a bit on the expensive side.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Helena C
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Daintree
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88 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013 via mobile

We spent a week at Tandayapa Bird Lodge in early May, having had heard about it for years.
The location is excellent and the property has wonderful feeders for hummingbirds, plus great trails for walking. We travelled on our own which made our birding slower, but information is good and resources are available for help with ID etc.
Pablo does a great job looking after the lodge and the staff are professional and friendly. Meals were fabulous - plentiful and varied.
Jose was our guide for two days, in various locations, and was great. Personable, professional and a great birder.
We would also highly recommend a visit to Angel Paz's refuge. He is a charming man and a delight to follow around for the morning as he calls his birds in.
While we were there mainly for birding, it was also a great place just to relax for a few days. No Internet, so a great chance to catch up with some long-overdue reading and writing.
We loved the place!

Stayed May 2013
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4 Thank redmill
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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

We arrived to find several people sitting behind huge cameras with at least 2 flash guns on stands each and lenses that would double as drain pipes, taking fantastic pictures of humming birds on feeders. Each had 10's of thousands of pounds worth of equipment. My wife quickly hid her little panasonic(which takes great pics)! And I didn't get my old battered nikon DSLR out for quite a while.
However after a while we found they were all lovely people and very happy to talk cameras and birds to us. They clearly realised that they were a little intimidating to normal people, and were very helpful with advice about using what cameras we had. They were really the exception, as a group of enthusiastic photographers on a specific humming bird trip.
The lodge was comfortable/basic, clean rooms. Could be a little cold at night, but you spend little time in the rooms. The main sitting/eating room was comfortable and good for socialising. The food was limited choice but reasonable in quality and quantity. My vegetarian wife was well catered for but as with all such places better to fore warn.
This is a cloud forest lodge miles from anywhere, so one feels lucky to have basics like electricity.
Incidentally we found that our guide Jose Illanes was one of Ecuador's best guides for birds. All the birders at the lodge sung his praises and were quite jealous of us having him all to ourselves. He was good company, and knew every bird we saw by sight but also by sound! He could hear a bird in the distance and know what it was-and be right. He could also call up vast numbers of different birds, who would come over to check him out! eg. an Andean pigmy Owl which he called to for a long time before it gave up and flew quite close to check us out.
If you are a birder I don't think you would find a better guide, and he seems prepare to travel widely.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank alpacasrus
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

While we are not professional birders or photographers, we love experiencing nature and observing birds when the opportunity presents itself. While in Ecuador, we really wanted visit the cloud forest, and picked Tandayapa so we could be guided to see some birds too. The place is quite secluded, really calm and has comfortable rooms. Food is tasty, and the very nice cook even helped us look after our baby one morning as we headed off before 6am to the Hide to see if we can spot some ground birds. Pablo the manager was also our guide on many of the birding walks, and he is very experienced. The volunteers on site were also very passionate about birding and can stand for hours on the same spot as long as there are birds to see! The lodge is mainly about birding and less about treks in the cloud forests - so if you are more interested in having hikes or long walks, perhaps other reserves may have better alternatives.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank mkcjtravel
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Sarnia, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2012

I spent 7 nights at this lodge. I joined a friend for the first 4 days with a pre-arranged photography tour. Pablo was our guide and proved to not only be extemely knowledgable and helpful in finding and photographing birds, but was lots of fun. He had a great sense of humor and added to our experience at the lodge and surrounding area. The last 4 days I was by myself at the lodge (l was the only guest) and the hospitality and service was consistently friendly and prompt. The food was wonderful and as already mentioned, the soups were amazing. The hummingbird feeders were a constant source of entertainment and the barbets, toucanet, and trogons were daily visiters. To see some pics: cgraysonphotography.com

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Carolyn G
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Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

I decided to end my trip in Ecuador in the cloud forest at Tandayapa Bird Lodge and what a great end to my holiday. The lodge was very comfortable, with spacious rooms, clean toilets and comfortable beds. Suggest asking for a blanket as the nights are cold. The bird feeders on the balconies of the lodge, attract many species of the hummingbirds and it was a delight to drink coffee on the balcony, watching the amazing, colourful birds. The meals are tasty with local ingredients and the cook is very sweet. I was a solo traveller and I was treated very well. You are surrounded by the lush Cloud Forest of Ecuador, which is magical. The only negative, there are no daily excursions therefore I suggest if you are not a bird watcher, arrange maybe a day trip to Mindo but otherwise the lodge is a great place to reflect and relax before you continue your journey. (If you catch the bus from Quito to the Lodge, upon your return to Quito, the bus drives passes Mitad del Mundo, so you can get off the bus and visit the monument).

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank axdi
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Saskatoon, Canada
Level Contributor
49 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

A birders paradise set the cloud forest. Comfortable and relaxed lodge with good fresh food. Lots of information given about bird species. Guides like Pablo and Jeremy are very passionate about their chosen subject. If you are like us and not avid birders, then 2 nights is perfectly enough time to see some wonderful birds. An hours drive takes you to Mindo for lots of extra outdoor activities including zip wire, tubing and mountain biking

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Landay2012
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Property: Tandayapa Bird Lodge
Address: Reina Victoria 1684 y La Pinta Ed. Santiago 1, Quito, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Pichincha Province > Quito
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Quito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
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