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San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge Orchid & Bird Reserve

San Jorge de Milpe Private Reserve, Mindo Ecuador
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San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve has 2 Eco-Lodges on 260 acres of prime birding property (Upper Tropical Rainforest). Spectacular scenery, pristine trails, rivers, 11 waterfalls, 450+ species of tropical birds, mammals, hundreds of butterflies, wild orchids, a wide array of tropical flora and fauna & swimming at the cascading waterfalls. NEW Forest Eco-Lodge has 8 spacious rustic bungalow Rooms, Views, Private Balcony, queen beds & private bath. See birds from your room or balcony. Spacious open air restaurant, bar, reading room, 45' high observation Tower, hummingbird, tanager & toucan feeders. Cliff Eco-Lodge is on the opposite end of the reserve, 8 double rooms, twin beds, private bath & observatory deck. Dine at our open air restaurants with delicious cuisine, beautiful rain forest ambiance & superb photo options. Both lodges offer the ideal retreat for birdwatchers, photographers, and nature lovers alike. San Jorge owns 8 private reserves & 4 Eco-Lodges in Ecuador.
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FishCalendarsDOTcom wrote a review Jul 2021
San Diego, California44 contributions10 helpful votes
Just got back from 8 full (6 am to 6pm) days of birding with Dr. Jorge Cruz of San Jorge EcoLodges. Milpe is gorgeous and requires at least three days to see it all. The property is vast, has Manakin leks, Toucans, Motmots, Trogans, etc., etc. ... they publish a all-inclusive species list at their website. The food was 5-star with beautiful presentation. Luis serves it in a colorful vested professional waiter's outfit. Our room overlooked the rain forest and we were serenaded by a host of jungle sounds every night. The tree frog croaks are actually quite funny. Jorge taught me to use Aperture Priority with exp. comp. and ISO adjustments for my birding shots. It's essential for the sometimes dimly lit or birds in the shadow of the canopy. We also stayed at Tandayapa, Quinto, Sumaco Bajo and Rio Quijos. We also stopped at: La Brisa and Balcon Tumpiki for their incredible amount of Hummingbirds. Be ready to jump out of the car for whatever comes your way. I haven't completed my inventory of species, but so far I list 159 species with 35 hummingbirds... in 8 days! We also saw dwarf caymans, otters, Olinguito (raccoon-like), huge moths and tons of butterflies. We lucked-out being guided by someone who has expert level knowledge of the plants and the national/local histories to tie it all together. Before you go, know your camera, be in shape, be prepared for rain and go with the flow. Enjoy all the good food and go on a diet after!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Evan wrote a review Jun 2021
New York City, New York70 contributions8 helpful votes
My daughter and I visited Milpe as the third stop in our tour of San Jorge’s eco lodges. This was again characterized by great staff, great food, great rooms, and great birds. Owner George Cruz personally led us on day and night tours filled with birds, kinkajou, frogs, insects, and botanical treasures. Two young assistants didn’t know English but offered great local awareness of birds and wildlife and were a huge asset helping to cross abundant streams and waterfalls. Scenery is gorgeous, feeders attract many birds, and we felt exhausted and content at the end of each day.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Prepare for limited contact with outside world. Bring bug spray,long sleeve shirts and long...
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rochelles697 wrote a review May 2021
Tampa, Florida36 contributions13 helpful votes
I stayed at the Milpe Eco-Lodge and was amazed at the service. Not being one for anything fancy, the service here just blew me away! Luggage was dropped off in your room so you could go right to the main attractions; the hummingbirds and the views in the 3 floor main birding/eating area. The the food was freshly prepared and they really kept a great focus on pre-noted dietary restrictions. The freshest bread, beef that melted in my mouth and the chocolate mouse was the best I've ever had. I LOVE the cook. She was the absolute best!! The rooms were HUGE! They have huge patios with hammocks and would be a great place to just chill and listen to the birds fly by. The ensuite bathrooms are also huge with plenty of space to move around. Fresh towels, laundry service (if required) and water to refill water bottles throughout the day. With the quantity of birds, flora, fauna, butterflies , frogs and insects there was just no way to have a bad time. Toucans popping by to eat berries from the trees, huge blue butterflies flittering by, hummingbirds at the feeders and critters at night. The trails were well marked and lighted so once the sun went down I headed out to the sounds of the night in hunt for frogs, insects and moths. Totally felt safe walking around alone with just a headlamp, with the staff onsite I felt they would be near if I needed anything. Plenty of well marked trails to venture out on during the day with a small bamboo forest welcoming you when arriving to the lodge. All walking trails were well marked and as they have another nearby lodge ( I was able to stay there as well) it was really cool being able to hike between the two, hunting to see the birds of the forest, the insects and flowers, ferns and other fauna that was thriving. Birding, hiking, critters or even being a foodie there is something for everyone when booking with San Jorge and stay at Milpe Eco-Lodge.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: All rooms are quite with the sounds of the night to put you to sleep
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tim r wrote a review Jan 2021
Worcester90 contributions59 helpful votes
NB We travelled in December 2019, but TripAdvisor won't let you go back that far. Stayed for 2 nights in the Cliff Lodge which is a 15 minute walk from the main lodge. Once again, we were the only guests, apart from Don Jorge who was our birding guide. The location in the middle of pristine rainforest is exceptional, and the views of the forest breathtaking. It's noisy with all that wildlife! The room we stayed in was very small, and the bathroom was almost unuseable because it was so small, but it was all clean and comfortable. The food at the main Lodge cooked by Marcella, where we ate twice, was excellent. The food at the Cliff Lodge was good, but we were persistently overwhelmed by the generous portions. The flora and fauna were excellent. The overall imprssion was of a remote jungle experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Minh Woods wrote a review Mar 2020
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If you are a bird watcher, a bird photographer, and wanted to be treated like a VIP, San Jorge & Botanical Reserves is the place to go! This was our second time to come back to this “Magical Birding Circuit.” San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge Orchid & Bird Reserve was one of our stops, in our ten-day birding, to view and take picture of rare birds in the Tropical forest. Dr. George Cruz was our guide. He is knowledgeable about birds, and plants. He is the man who created the habitats for birds, and the lodges for you to stay, dine, view, and admire the beauty of mother nature. The rooms at San Jorge Milpe Eco-Lodge are spacious, simple but very clean. They all have good views of the rain forest. You can hear the chirping, and the waterfalls all around you. The path to each lodge is well lit, and well groomed. Lots of love and labor poured into creating this piece of heaven. The staff were very attentive, and super nice. The restaurant is on the second level of the tower, where you can see hummingbirds flying around the feeding stations. Meals were served in courses, delicious, and pretty presentation. We never had the same dish in our ten days there. This is a good place to be in the nature with comfort.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge Orchid & Bird Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge Orchid & Bird 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 de Milpe Eco-Lodge Orchid & Bird Reserve?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge Orchid & Bird Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge Orchid & Bird Reserve?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Trainera, Parrilladas Argentinas Steak House, and Panadería Pan Pancito.