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San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge

Km 3,5 Partidero Antiguo a Tandayapa Tandayapa Valley, Tandayapa Ecuador
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San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge in the Tandayapa Valley (Cloud Forest) located on 150 acres of prime property, just one hour from San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito & 1-1/2 hours from downtown Quito. Newly built gorgeous mountain top lodge with 16 rooms, spectacular views; private baths, 500 possible bird species + 28 Hummingbirds, tropical plants/flowers, wild orchids, seasonal butterflies, fish/frog ponds & miles of pristine trails. Enjoy birdwatching or bird photography at the Canopy Islands Bird & Wildlife Photo Center, a first in South America! 360 degrees of light to shoot any desired angle. Dine with the Hummingbirds at our new open air Hummingbird Restaurant surrounded by active hummingbird & tanager feeders. Upgraded suites are available with magnificent views, private patio or balcony. The Magic Birding & Photography Circuit offers a variety of tours all with specialized English speaking guides. Also visit San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito.
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ADM_2000 wrote a review Apr 2020
Sedona, Arizona3 contributions1 helpful vote
Shangri-La was the phrase that kept coming to mind when we checked in. We couldn't believe we were really in such a spellbinding place. The views were stunning. The birds were all around, and so beautiful. The food was healthy, fresh, and delicious and the staff was friendly and very helpful, no matter what we needed. My husband is handicapped and stayed around the lodge, and enjoyed himself immensely. He learned a lot about birdwatching just from having meals with me and my guide, Darius. I highly recommend taking a guided tour of the grounds and the surrounding areas--you see so much more with the guide. We came for the hummingbirds and they did not disappoint. We loved every minute of our stay.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Albano Cortez wrote a review Mar 2020
9 contributions2 helpful votes
For all those who want to do a photo Bird tour of a day with multi-flash, I strongly recommend the tour offered by this organisation. You will have the opportunity to see dozens of species of birds mainly hummingbirds and to get photos in multi-flash scenery, with spectacular results. I owed this comment Thank you Jorge.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Keith P wrote a review Jan 2020
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Wow! That's about all I could say when my wife and I arrived at Tandayapa Lodge as part of our 10 day birding tour. Hummingbirds were everywhere. It was hard to decide where to focus. Then when you take your eyes off the hummers, there is the view over the valley. Wow! Then as you look closer at the trees you see the aracaris and the many kinds of tanagers.. It just kept getting better. Our room was beautiful and with two walls of windows the views were unbelievable. My wife enjoyed laying on the bed and watching the birds. Eating the meals, though delicious, was hard as we constantly got up the see a new bird. We were only there for 2 nights and we would have loved a couple more. It is truly an amazing place.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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SBanks901 wrote a review Jan 2020
34 contributions8 helpful votes
San Jorge de Tandayapa Lodge offers breathtaking views, outstanding hospitality and service, delicious freshly-prepared meals with 3 to 4 courses each, and spacious rooms with private views of the forest. I would recommend at least 3 or 4 nights stay to have time to explore more of the trails with their professional guides. The covered open-air loggia where morning coffee and meals are taken is surrounded with bird-feeding stations and native orchids, and offers amazing views along a forested canyon. Guided hikes to various parts of their large nature reserve provide varied experiences with streams, waterfalls, natural ponds and sections of thick forest canopy. The rooms were so clean that the floors sparkled, and if you are keen to experience the beautiful night sounds, you can open up the large windows to the outdoors -- just be sure to have your lights off or you'll invite the moths into your room.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Charles F Wurster wrote a review Dec 2019
3 contributions4 helpful votes
My wife and I spent 10 days in October at three of these lodges: a morning in Quito, 2 days at Milpe, and 7 days at Tandayapa. I am a lifelong birder (now 89), she a wildlife photographer. These places are hard to beat, except that we needed more time. Lodges are completely open, no glass, no heating or cooling, little digital contact with the world. Feeders with bananas are just outside the railings, with several hummingbird feeder inside the lodge so hummers fly into the lodge. You can sit or stand inside the lodge with close views of numerous species, at least the ones that like bananas. That includes many tanagers, toucans, barbets and others. Two visits by a Tayra at Milpe, who stole all the bananas, was a special treat after a dozen birding trips to South America without seeing one. My birding was limited to the lodges and nearby, since I could not hike through the forest. That limited my species list to about 125. But if you can get up at 5 am, it is worthwhile to visit a nearby white sheet that hangs up with lighting all night, attracting numerous insects. Birds know about this arrangement, so you see many birds at dawn that eat insects instead of bananas . Sleeping accommodations are excellent, glass enclosed and away from birding areas so no birds kill themselves hitting glass. Food is excellent and elegantly served, and all service is exceptionally attentive. Dinner at 7:00 pm might be a bit on the late side when you have to get up before 5:00 am the next morning. I suggest 6:00. Look at the extensive website for plenty of details and excellent photos. With no heating, cooling, glass or screens, there were also essentially no annoying bugs. At 7,000 ft on the Equator it never freezes or snows, nor does it get hot. If anything, we were a bit chilly with light jackets. There was no rain. If you want to see many avian species, these 8 or so lodges on both sides of the Andes at diverse ecosystems is the way to do it. Give it at least a month. (I should have added the pre-departure advice and arranging from Connecticut was extremely helpful and foreign transactions were avoided. Ecuador requires no visa, and US Dollars are the currency.) We came to see the birds and to learn about them in this special environment. Our guide did a superb job in accommodating our wishes and more. He knew a bird by it's call before seeing it . He could spot a bird deep in the foliage and guide us to it's location. He had a telescope available so we could get close looks. He was patient and explained aspects of the birds characteristics and habits. He knew I wanted to see a certain bird that did not frequent the lodge. To see it we would have to go into the forest. Knowing that walking on the trails would be difficult for me, he spent the afternoon driving us through the forest to search for it. Another time he took us to a special place to see hummingbirds different from those at the lodge. Since hummingbirds are difficult to identify he told us what to look for to distinguish them from each other. He was always ready to answer questions, not only about the birds but the whole ecosystem. We learned much about the history of the area from him.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge (3.2 miles), Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge (1.3 miles), and Maquipucuna Reserve (4.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Los Armadillos Cafe, Tour del Café - Finca Casa Frajares, and Pariso del Pescador.
Is San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Tandayapa.