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San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve

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Km 4 Cotocollao-Nono Road, Quito 00000 Ecuador
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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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Gerhard B wrote a review May 2022
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In February/March I've been for 4 weeks in Ecuador mainly for photographing birds, but also people, landscapes, plants and animals. The greater part of itinerary was organized by Cheryl, the organizer of San Jorge, in a real good and easy way. Nearly half of time I spent in the lodges of San Jorge (5 nights in Quito, 5 in Tandayapa, 2 in Milpe Forest Lodge and 1 in Milpe Cliff Lodge). All these places are wonderful and very worthwhile to visit them. San Jorge Quito is situated in the outskirts of Quito, very quiet, in great surroundings at the foot of Volcano Pichincha. In the beautiful garden you have a lot of feeders, mainly visited by hummingbirds and Tanagers, a real good opportunity to take close pictures of them. The food in the lodge is very tasty, especially the phantasmic soups, always fresh, as in all San Jorge Lodges. The same with service, always friendly and helpful. The different Lodges of San Jorge are situated in different heights, mostly near or even neighbored to National Parcs. Therefor you have a great diversity of plants, birds and animals. A lot of them you can observe very closely, because there are many feeders, hidden and well prepared. So I could take many pictures of round about 370 different species (if you are interested in them, have a look: magical birds smug mug). I can really recommend the " Magic Birding Circuit Ecuador " with real great guides (mostly George, the owner of lodges) and phantasmic places, to observe birds, plants and animals and with great hospitality. Gerhard Bräunlein, Berlin, Germany
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Peggy L wrote a review Mar 2022
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We arrived late at night after a long flight from NY, and Karen had a warm fire waiting for us in our comfy room. Early next morning we were treated to the first of many super breakfasts, fresh fruit juice, and fresh sliced papaya, dragon fruit, pineapple, followed by eggs cooked to order and homemade yuca cakes. Then we met the amazing Dr. George Cruz, owner and founder of this and all the San Jorge Eco Lodges, who was our enthusiastic, tireless and incredibly knowledgeable guide for the duration of our trip. I can’t say enough about Dr. Cruz, he is truly a renaissance man — while his degree is in veterinary medicine, he has authored 7 books, and envisioned, then built the 4 different eco-lodges in different habitats that we visited, plus the new lodges in the Amazon that will soon be completed. His knowledge of the birds in Ecuador is unparalleled, and with his sharp eyes and spotting scope we saw a lifetime of birds in the course of one week. At the Quito lodge alone we saw many varieties of Hummingbirds, including the spectacular green-tailed as well as black-tailed trainbearer, plus a Tawny Antpitta, red-crested Cotinga and many more.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Mark Murphy wrote a review Feb 2022
Asheville, North Carolina6 contributions2 helpful votes
Our first trip to Ecuador and we were blown away. The country is beautiful and the people working for San Jorges were all extremely helpful, friendly, and ready to make you feel like you were a special guest there. From our first contact with Cheryl who does all the booking, we were given first class treatment. She patiently answered all our questions and did a real good job of preparing us for our stay. Once there, the staff made sure we were provided with everything we needed. Our room, (Room A!) was an unexpected treasure, a warm, welcoming home for our comings and goings over the course of the next two weeks. A historical dive back in time to an old Spanish Monastery, the buildings and grounds, the gardens and hiking trails were just plain old peaceful. And in case you need a reminder of how peaceful, the sprawling city of Quito is laid out right at your feet beyond the garden walls. And then there are the birds. We added 222 new life list species all under the guidance and helpful eyes and ears of Dario Hipo, our bird guide. He is a gem! We birded Quito, Tandayapa, and Milpe, and we are already planning to return and explore the Eastern slopes down to the Amazon basin. And just one word for you exotic plant enthusiasts: Bromeliads. Oh my.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Paul B wrote a review Feb 2022
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A perfect place for the birder! Sword-billed Hummingbirds can be found in the old gardens. The place is like a museum, old carved doors, your room heated by an old fireplace which they light for you every night. Food is outstanding!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: I stayed in the lower rooms, a bit small, but perfect for me
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Daniel T wrote a review Feb 2022
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We recently spent eighteen days on an incredible and intense birding tour with Dr. Cruz and another one of his guides. The staff provided outstanding service, and were friendly and helpful with any needs we had. The food was gourmet quality, and there was plenty of it. The rooms were lovely, and beds were comfortable, and the grounds of each of the lodges were beautiful. We came to see birds, and we were not disappointed. We were amazed by the ability of Dr. Cruz to find and identify the many different species, by their calls, songs, and behavior. in the end, we were able to see over 230 different species. There were too many highlights to count, but we saw many different varieties of hummingbirds, tanagers, toucans, barbets, trogans, woodcreepers, woodpeckers, and passerines, not to mention the rare banded cuckoo and the spectacular Cock-of-the-rock. Our excursion into historic Quito was terrific with Dr. Cruz as our guide. We went in January, and the weather was cooler than we had anticipated, so pack accordingly. The tour wasn’t just the trip of a lifetime, it was just plain fun. Thank you Jorge, Karin, Vincente, Luis, and all of the other staff that gave us such a great experience.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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tortugasgator wrote a review Jan 2022
Gainesville, Florida63 contributions2 helpful votes
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We took a bird photography tour to Quito, Tandayapa and Milpe. The photography lessons and resultant photos were wonderful. Moreover the staff were kind and caring, spending 6 hours with me in a Quito hospital when I had an accident and accommodating our every need. We would definitely book with San Jorge again.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Venu wrote a review Dec 2021
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San Jorge Eco Lodges properties are excellent. I spent 9 days in Dec 2021 at Quito/Tandayapa/Milpe lodges. Great places to stay in nature and unwind. They have so many trails you can spend few days exploring the property itself. The rooms and facilities are very clean and staff provide excellent service. You get so spoilt by their four course menu you would not want to leave. Karen was the Best staff member i met, she was very accommodative to customer needs and so was Vincente
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Date of stay: December 2021
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eric samson wrote a review Dec 2021
Silverdale, Washington20 contributions18 helpful votes
My wife and I just spent two wonderful nights at the San Jorge Eo-lodge, and we highly recommend it! We had read a lot of good reviews before coming here, but the experience far exceeded our expectations. The lodge is a beautiful old Spanish hacienda with tons of charm, and beautifully maintained grounds. Of course the reason we came here was for the birds, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We saw soooo many different birds, including swordbills, black-tailed train-bearers, sparkling violetears, sunbeams, tanagers, and too many others to count. Beyond the great birding, what really stood out was the high-quality service and amazing food. Each meal was a four-course masterpiece (including lunch). Everyone here is incredibly helpful and kind. Our room was beautifully furnished, and Vicente build a roaring fire for each night that kept us warm until morning. Karin, the manager, is very friendly, has a wonderful knowledge of the birds here, and was incredibly helpful with all our travel arrangements. If you are person who loves birds (or just beautiful outdoor settings) you should make plans to come here, and don’t let the pandemic stop you. We felt completely safe here, everyone who works here is vaccinated and wears a mask. This is a very special place, and we highly recommend it to anyone who likes to travel.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Athelas53 wrote a review Dec 2021
Maberly, Canada3 contributions
This is the second time my husband and I have enjoyed a tour with San Jorge's Magic Birding Circuit. The first time was a group tour but this time we decided as we had very specific objectives that we would do a private tour. It went beyond our wildest expectations with over 625 species seen in the five weeks we were in Ecuador. San Jorge Quito really feels like home to us. We once again had the lovely room with a fireplace on the ground floor near the restaurant and lounge. The room is huge and the bathroom gigantic. Karen, Vicente and the other staff cannot be more attentive to your every need. The meals are absolutely fantastic - four courses for both lunch and dinner, but with reasonable portion sizes. The way the meals are presented is also fabulous - always a decorative design with flowers or fruits. The immediate area of the lodge offers fantastic walking and birding opportunities but this time, on our last day, owner George Cruz took us way up to the upper reaches of the property where a whole new suite of species was encountered. Quite magical. I will review the other properties we stayed at separately but I cannot recommend the San Jorge Magic Birding Circuit more highly and San Jorge Quito is just representative of the high quality one comes to expect from this organization. What really led us to choose San Jorge the first time was first, it's Ecuadorian owned and staffed; second, the owner has projects to help local folk in need (the first time we stayed we brought three suitcases of clothes and shoes) and lastly, a huge percent of the fees you pay is ploughed back into buying up property to conserve it and also to provide key biological corridors for wildlife.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Go for one on the lower level and ask for a fireplace!!!
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Shanna M wrote a review Nov 2021
Liberty Lake, Washington15 contributions3 helpful votes
DISCLAIMER: This is going to be a LONG review because we spent over 3 weeks in Ecuador with San Jorge Eco-Lodges and Botanical Reserves at their various properties. So if you don't have time to read the whole review, read the next paragraph and the last paragraph. Going to Ecuador to photograph the amazing birds there has been a dream of ours for at least four years. My husband did some online research and found San Jorge's Magic Birding Circuit of eco-lodges and botanical reserves. We worked with Cheryl Korowotny, San Jorge's US based International Director, to build a trip tailored to our schedule and "wish list." We really appreciated that they specifically offer birding photography tours. Cheryl's attention to detail prepared us for international travel to and from Ecuador amidst continuing COVID concerns and constraints. I cannot adequately express our appreciation to her for smoothing the way and helping to ensure that our trip went off without a hitch. Ecuador is a beautiful country! We we able to stay at San Jorge's full service lodges and preserves/sanctuaries in Quito, Tandayapa, Milpe Forest and Milpe Cliff Lodges. Two of their other preserves (San Jorge de Guacamayos and San Jorge de Sumaco Bajo) have lodges that are under construction. While we could not overnight at those properties we hiked, birded, climbed towers, photographed and even enjoyed meals at them. We also birded San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayuca Bird & Wildlife Reserve. These reserves make up what San Jorge call their Magic Birding & Photography Circuit of Ecuador. I'm not sure how many miles/kilometers we traveled in those 3 weeks, but we experienced the Andes Highlands, multiple cloud forests, rain forests and the Ecuadorian Amazon region. As part of our planned itinerary we also visited and photographed birds, scenery and wildlife in National Parks, independent hummingbird sanctuaries, waterfalls, leks and many places on and off the beaten path. Our guide, Dr. George Cruz, knew where to find THE birds. His encyclopedic knowledge and genial demeanor were crucial to the success of our adventures (even when we got a flat tire and had torrential rain). As I previously mentioned, we tailored the trip according to our "wish list." My wish list included a visit to Old Colonial Quito. San Jorge came through on that too! We spent a lovely day walking in old Quito. Our guide David spoke English fluently and interpreted as necessary in the museums and churches that we visited. I highly recommend adding an extra day to your trip to enjoy that experience for yourself. Because we did copy off and read through all of the materials Cheryl forwarded to us we were very prepared for our adventures! We printed off the forms we needed for immigration and filled them out and had them ready. We had our immunizations and documentation for same. We brought the right clothing and footwear. We had bug spray and sunscreen. We also factored in another day to have time to acclimate to the altitude since we don't live at 9000 feet. The staff at the lodges and preserves were fantastic! We came to know the San Jorge Quito staff well and really appreciated how they bent over backwards to take care of us. Karen, Vicente, Carolina and Rosa took great care of us. Every staff member at every property treated us with courtesy and respect. We ate al fresco at 4 of the properties. We appreciated the cozy and warm atmosphere of the dining facilities at the Quito property. Bottom line - our trip was amazing and wonderful and a whole lot of other great adjectives. What DO YOU need to bring to experience San Jorge's Magic Birding and Photography Circuit? Besides everything that Cheryl K. recommends, I suggest bringing a positive attitude because you'll be getting up and leaving early to get those wonderful pictures. There is more walking than hiking, but if you have mobility issues make sure they're aware of that too. Bring a healthy appetite because the food is delicious and they feed you very well (We started asking for smaller portions). Make sure to let them know if you have dietary restrictions. And as Dr. George Cruz, guide (and also owner, sometimes driver and provider of yummy treats from the local panaderia {bakery}) reminded us wear your sunscreen, hat, bug spray and stay hydrated.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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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.
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 Little Italy Ecuador, Crepes & Waffles, and Sweet & Coffee.
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.