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San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve

Km 4 Cotocollao-Nono Road, Quito 00000 Ecuador
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San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito, an 18th Century Spanish Hacienda located in the Pichincha Foothills. Both airport transfers or pick up from downtown Quito are available. Comfortable Andes hacienda rooms, private bath/hot shower, decorated in typical decor; game room, lounge, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi offered in upper level rooms & courtyard. 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 from the city. Explore our beautiful gardens, birdwatching & hiking trails, hummingbird feeders, delicious cuisine and views of 11 mountains & volcanoes in the distance overlooking Quito. We own 8 private nature reserves throughout Ecuador & four eco-lodges which may be visited on our pre-scheduled birdwatching, photography and eco-tours. Visit the Andes, Cloud Forest, East & West Andes Slopes & Amazon Tropical Rainforest. We are known as The Magic Birding & Photography Circuit.
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Mike Landen wrote a review Mar 2020
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We found out about San Jorge Eco Lodges through their website which provides a huge amount of information about the lodges and other essential details needed prior to booking the tour. This included lists of birds that you may see at the various locations and information on the optional trips. Like other reviewers we were impressed with the commitment that the company has to habitat conservation as well as providing employment for local people. With the help of Cheryl all our questions were answered promptly and the actual booking process was really quite straightforward. We stayed at all four lodges and the accommodation was above our expectations and that at Milpe Forest was outstanding. In all the lodges the food was fantastic and the staff worked so hard to ensure that our stay was as enjoyable as possible. Two new lodges are being built to the east of Quito in the Amazon and, having visited both sites, we are very confident that they will be at least as high a standard as the existing ones. The accommodation that was used in the Amazon was absolutely fine. The birding was of course brilliant. We had two guides, Dario who guided us for the first part and Louis for the second. Both were exceptional and what shone through was their love of the birds and their eagerness to show us, not just as many species as possible but also to try to get the best views of each bird. Not only that but they were both so very friendly and so easy to get along with. Louis's partner, Henni, accompanied us to the Amazon and she also helped our to make our holiday so enjoyable. We are so grateful to all the staff who contributed to such a memorable trip. One of the things that is really important on a holiday of this type is to have confidence in the ability of the drivers and so feel safe. We certainly felt in 'good hands' with Bicente (sorry if I have not spelt this correctly!) and Louis, who drove and guided. We would recommend the optional trip from Tandayapa to Amaguza Reserve. We did see quite a lot of different birds and the photographic opportunities are excellent. We had a day tour of Quito which was very good. We went around the centre of the city in the morning and to the Botanical Gardens after lunch. Our guide David has a wide knowledge of the history of Quito and its and its churches. Also as he had worked at the Gardens, specializing in orchids, we learnt so much. We are able to unreservedly recommend this organization and wish them well in their future operations.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Keith P wrote a review Jan 2020
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Many people who live in the Midwest of the United States are looking for somewhere to escape during the long winter. My wife and I found the right spot in Ecuador. We spent 10 days in mid January in the beauty and warmth of the Andes Mountains on a bird photography tour. The birds were bountiful and beautiful, but that was only part of the experience. The lodges were lovely, the food magnificient, and the staff went out of their way to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Add our guide, the owner of the San Jorge Eco-lodges, Geoge Cruz, and our experience could not have been any better. Not only did we enjoy birding at the lodges, but George took us to several out of the way birding locations. Many required a bumpy ride up a one lane mountain road, to a birding shelter with incredible mountain views, yet they were complete with flush toilets, and often coffee. Doesn't get much better than that! It was truly an amazing experience.
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Date of stay: January 2020
clan50 wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, Australia8 contributions
We (mid-80s father and late-50s son) undertook a 15 day Magic Birding Circuit Tour in September, staying at San Jorge Eco-Lodges at Quito, Tandyapa, Milpe, and visiting sites of their future lodges at Guacamayas and Cosanga. The most important comment we wish to make is that if you are interested in supporting nature conservation whilst having a fantastic birding/nature trip then go with San Jorge Eco-Lodges and Botanical Reserves. George Cruz, the owner-operator is devoted to nature conservation, selecting and buying properties representing Ecuador’s various habitats, rehabilitating them and building eco-friendly lodges thereon. The result is that a tour remains in-house and interaction with other guests is with like-minded people and in magnificent surroundings. Commendably, by employing local and indigenous staff it exposes them to the value of eco-tourism and also adds to the experience and charm for the visitor. Profits are ploughed back into buying more land in other habitats. Our first contact with San Jorge was through their excellent website. It took several weeks of correspondence to satisfy our schedule and requirements and the remarkable patience and understanding of Cheryl Korowotny, the International Director, in putting together our tour, and continued help during the tour, was greatly appreciated. We thoroughly endorse the other favourable comments with regard to the excellent accommodation, staff, cuisine, transport, and photography at all San Jorge sites.
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Date of stay: September 2019
SBanks901 wrote a review Jan 2020
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A recent trip to Ecuador with San Jorge Eco-Lodge proved to be an impressive experience and included a stay at several of their lodges, beginning with San Jorge Eco-lodge in Quito. Their "Magic Birding Circuit" offers full services including transportation to/from the airport, lodging, meals, bird guides and options such as photography & alternative activities. This review is for the Quito location. At San Jorge's Eco-lodge in Quito there are 2 options: the Main Lodge - a renovated 18th century hacienda, and a new Lodge up the hill. Guest rooms have private baths & wood fires, access by a loggia, an open patio surrounded by flowering landscape, water fountains and nice views. There is a lounge with seating, coffee & tea service, and a dining room. Meals were fixed menu, and each one included 3 or 4 courses, with attention to detail. They were very attentive to specific dietary requests made in advance. While it seemed like a lot of food, the amount of hiking and the length of day spent outdoors, made the meals suitable to the appetite. The setting is romantic, and offers quiet spaces and many hiking trails that venture into the hills surrounding the lodge complex. Since the location is on the outer limits of the city, there are neighbors with animals (dogs and roosters) but the main sound heard at the lodge is that of songbirds singing, from daybreak until evening.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Charles F Wurster wrote a review Dec 2019
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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.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve
Which popular attractions are close to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve?
Nearby attractions include Parque La Carolina (5.0 miles), El Panecillo (0.9 miles), and El Palacio de Gobierno (3.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve?
Top room amenities include a view of the mountains, a walk-in shower, and a whirlpool bathtub.
What food & drink options are available at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve?
Conveniently located restaurants include Crepes & Waffles, Sweet & Coffee, and Vaco y Vaca.
Does San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve have an airport shuttle?
Yes, San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Comunidad Judia Del Ecuador (3.6 miles).
Does San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.