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San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve

Km 4 Cotocollao-Nono Road, Quito 00000 Ecuador
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#11 of 145 hotels in Quito
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San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve is an 18th Century Spanish Hacienda located inside the Pichincha Protected Forest in the foothills of Rucca Pichincha Volcano. We are also known as The Magic Birding & Photography Circuit. The Eco-Lodge offers comfortable Andes hacienda rooms decorated in typical décor with private bath/hot shower, a game room, lounge, restaurant and bar with Wi-Fi. (optional upgraded rooms with private balcony & view are located on the upper terraced level). We are the only private nature reserve near the city of Quito, situated on 230 acres of trails with nature and complete beauty, yet 25 minutes away from downtown Quito. Explore the Andes and enjoy our birdwatching (90 species Highland birds) & hiking trails, hummingbird feeders, medicinal plants, delicious cuisine and views of 11 mountains and volcanoes in the distance overlooking Quito. We own 7 private nature reserves throughout Ecuador and 6 Eco-Lodges which may be visited on our pre-scheduled birdwatching, bird photography or eco-tours, visiting up to 10 diverse eco-systems the Andes Highlands, Cloud Forests, East & West Andes Slopes and Tropical Amazonian Rainforest. We offer Airport transfers, pick up from downtown Quito and guided tours are available.
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Ginny S wrote a review Jan 2024
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We stayed in this lodge as part of our Magic Birding Tour with SanJorge Eco-Lodges. We thoroughly enjoyed our stays in all the San Jorge owned and built lodges which were located in remote biologically pristine areas of Ecuador. We felt safe and well cared for throughout, with excellent food, accommodations and guides.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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judc012013 wrote a review Jan 2024
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We have had a mostt remarkable experience! We have been here on a birding trip at 4 of the lodges and it couldn't have been more interesting and beyond expectations. The staff and guides were friendly, accomodating, and knowledgeable. The lodges absolutely stunning and deep in the jungle. We saw far more birds than expected!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Voyager820584 wrote a review Jan 2024
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My husband and I took the East Andes and Amazon Rainforest birding tour in Nov-Dec, 2023 and it was spectacular! We stayed at four different lodges, and they were all unique. The San Jorge Quito lodge is the oldest, so the beds were a little less comfortable-but the lodge was charming and there was a lot of great birding around the beautiful grounds. We even saw the Sword-billed Hummingbird! The staff at all lodges were delightful people-friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious, Ecuadorian cuisine. The birdwatching was top-notch. Dr. George Cruz was our guide, and he knew how to find most any bird. This was our first trip to Ecuador, so we really benefitted from the knowledge of our guide and the other more experienced birdwatchers in our group. We traveled by van from lodge to lodge, so this was a good way to stop for birding along the way, and to see more of the country. The only downside to riding in the van was the traffic around Quito. The traffic made day trips particularly long, so I would recommend trying to stay at different locations for a night or two instead of just doing day trips (like to Otavalo). All of the drivers and guides were wonderful, well-informed people who were able to answer all of our questions along the way. If you want to find birds in Ecuador (and be able to positively identify them) and have a wonderful cultural experience then I recommend the Magic Birding Circuit and the San Jorge Ecolodges! We can’t wait to return and visit the lodges that we missed on the West Slope!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Susan S wrote a review Dec 2023
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I recently returned from an 18-day birding tour of Ecuador with San Jorge Eco-Lodge, and The Magic Birding Circuit. Everything about this trip was wonderful. From start to finish, my time in Ecuador with San Jorge was a marvelous experience. Lodges, staff, food, and guide were outstanding. But enough of generalities. There were a number of things specific to this trip that made it special beyond measure. First of all, I had been expecting 2 other people in the small group tour I had booked. So, it was a truly welcome surprise when I arrived to find out that I would be one-on-one with my guide. I kept expecting the others to arrive sometime during that first day I was at the lodge in Quito (I had booked an extra layover day in advance). That evening at dinner I was introduced to my guide, Freddy, and it was made clear to me that he and I would begin the next morning on our own.( I later learned the other couple had cancelled due to illness.) I don't speak Spanish, and although Freddy and the others spoke English to varying degrees, communication was not always clear. For the most part, I managed fine, but it sometimes took me awhile to figure out what the plan was. There always WAS a plan, though, and it was always good! I can't say enough good about Freddy. As a guide, he excelled at locating the birds and showing them to me. He knew the areas thoroughly, had a great spotting scope, and was accomplished at identifying the birds by sight and sound. We put in long, full days, always on the hunt for "new" birds. The bird life in Ecuador is spectacular, and because of Freddy I saw new and beautiful species every day. He was always mindful of my safety on the trails and in the field, and I appreciated his concern for my well being. Not to be overlooked was his driving ability, which was superb. Never once did I have a concern about being on the road with him, whether we were on rural roads or in Quito. Which is saying a lot! As a person, he was delightful. Never without enthusiasm, always with a big smile. He was an absolute pleasure to be with on a daily basis, and I felt blessed to be with someone who clearly loved what he was doing. I carried a simple bridge camera with a 60x zoom, and he loved using that camera! Thanks to Freddy, I came home with a lot more photos than I would have on my own! And, of course, throughout the trip we took many photos with our phones, and traded them back and forth. I don't know how long Freddy has been working for San Jorge, but he is a valuable addition to the operation and if I should ever make a return visit, I would not hesitate to request him as a guide. Each lodge I spent time at was unique, and I cannot say that I have a favorite. I loved them all. Obviously, no attention to detail has been spared, and the locations of each are breathtaking. Having the covered observation decks and balconies, surrounded by feeders, was essential for good viewing and photo opportunities. On more than one occasion, we were able to carry on despite the downpours, thanks to the covered areas. We never had "down" time due to the rain because we always had covered areas to retreat to. The trails were well-maintained and I was frankly amazed at the extensive network of walkways and trails that have been laid. I love to hike, and for me, the opportunity to walk every day in the forests was especially enjoyable. In addition to being spacious and well-appointed, each lodge was hosted by exceptionally friendly and accommodating staff. They went out of their way to make sure I wanted for nothing. They were gracious and professional, and at each lodge the meals prepared were elegantly presented and served with style. The ample fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally, and fresh trout were among my favorites. A delicious homemade soup was served daily at lunch and dinner, and like the birds, it seemed there was always something new and different! I guess I could go on and on, but it suffices to say that I loved every minute of my time with San Jorge and the Magic Birding Circuit. I realize a trip of this length isn't everybody's cup of tea, but one of the best things about it was having the time to travel through the various ecological areas. Ecuador is beautiful throughout, and experiencing the grandeur the Andes was a highlight for me. In closing, I would like to add that my booking was handled so as to make this trip happen "hitch-free". The correspondence and attention to detail prior to my travel dates was timely and efficient. The detailed informational material sent ahead of time allowed me to be fully prepared for the various needs throughout the trip while in country. Altogether, my time with the Magic Birding Circuit was a grand adventure, and I highly recommend this company to anybody thinking about a visit to Ecuador.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Filtered water was provided for bottle refills. Knowledge of Spanish would be very helpful.
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Nancy B wrote a review Dec 2023
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We had the privilege of having George C as our guide, so knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, history, geography and cultures. He led us to the different lodges through different habitats and elevations finding birds and places of interest. Great itinerary! The accommodations were beautiful taking our meals surrounded by birds at the feeders. The food was tasty, nutritious and elegantly displayed. The drivers were safe on some tough roads and the entire staff helpful. It was truly a family atmosphere and we have made long time friends in Ecuador and with guests from around the world. Nancy
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Global234055 wrote a review Dec 2023
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We were on their birding tour, arrived a day early to acclimate to the altitude. very nice lodge with excellent staff. Warm comfortable rooms with nice bathrooms and hot water for showers. The meals were excellent. Located above a city(Quito)of 3 million, its forest and gardens attracted many colorful birds. It was a good place to unwind from a long airplane ride. I suggest coming a day early and staying an extra day. The lodge also has hummingbird feeders all around with lots of flowers , gardens and paths to explore .
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Nadineyyc wrote a review Nov 2023
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We stayed here as part of a birdwatching tour. Birdwatching heaven! This place is set up for birdwatching! Feeders and grounds to attract a variety of birds. The rooms are rustic and eco friendly. Beds are comfortable and it is quiet- away from the bustle of the city. If you like the outdoor lifestyle you will enjoy this place. The food was delicious and the staff were helpful and friendly. If you expect 5 star luxury - this is not the place for you.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Part of the San Jorge Birdwatching tours. Have to book through them.
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Margaret M wrote a review Nov 2023
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We just returned from the Magic Birding and Photography Circuit of Ecuador visiting 5 of the San Jorge Eco-Lodges; Quito, Tandayapa, Milpe, Guacamayos and Sumaco Bajo. It was an incredible experience with each lodge exceeding our expectations. Everyday was packed with birding opportunities and incredible views at and driving to the different sites. Our guides were very knowledgeable and focused on spotting birds for us at each site and along the way traveling to our lodges. We really enjoyed the traditional Ecuadorian food at each lodge and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We photographed so many amazing birds and one of the highlights was spotting a Potoo which we had never heard of! and taking a night walk into the jungle with headlamps! We will definitely return to do this again and highly recommend doing the Magic Birding and Photography Circuit of Ecuador.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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scott s wrote a review Sep 2023
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This was my first trip with San Jorge and it will not be the last. We joined the Eastern Andes portion of the birding tour. We were picked up at the airport by Vicente who sported a San Jorge sign and were whisked away to the Quito lodge. We visited the Quito and Guacamayos Lodges. The food was wonderful, the people were all very friendly and accomodating and the lodging was excellent, especially at the new Guacamayos lodge. Our birding guide was Jorge Luis who is spectacular!! He knows where to find the birds and knows most if not all the calls. He is very good at getting us on the birds. If you are interested in the birds of Ecuador, I would highly recommend San Jorge. They take care of all the details and allow you to enjoy the birds, butterflies and the beautiful scenery. I anxiously await trips to the other San Jorge lodges. Scott Sneed
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Happiness38277634060 wrote a review Jul 2023
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This was our 2nd trip to the Magic Birding Circuit. A wonderful experience, great birding, hiking and excellent food. Dr. George Cruz and Jorge Cruz were our hosts and guides and as usual enhanced the adventure and made it even more memorable. Our first trip took us to the Quito, Tandayapa and Milpe lodges. On this recent tour to the Eastern Andes we visited the newly opened San Jorge lodges of Guacamayos and Sumaco. Stunning vistas and accomodations. We enjoyed ourselves so much we will be returning to the Magic Birding Circuit for the 3rd consecutive time in 2024. Michael A.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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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 Palacio de Gobierno (3.5 miles), and Jardín Botánico de Quito (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.
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 and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zero Lab Fine Dining, Little Italy Ecuador, and Crepes & Waffles.
Does San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
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.