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San Jorge de Milpe Eco-Lodge Orchid & Bird Reserve

San Jorge de Milpe Private Reserve Milpe, 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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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
Hungta wrote a review Mar 2020
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This is the second time we have came back to this lodge. With a group of 10 photographers we were able to get pictures of a lot of birds! Besides photography, the services was exceptional! The lodge has really clean and organized rooms along with delicious food and a really good wifi. We would highly recommend this place if you're going to Ecuador to take pictures as there are a lot of rare birds that we all don't get to see often! We already plan on coming back to this place again on 2022 with the same group hope to see you all there!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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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Rodger B wrote a review Sep 2019
Coatesville, Pennsylvania5 contributions
I stayed at the Milpi Forest Lodge September 4 & 5, 2019. It is in the rain forest, but did not rain during my stay. The surroundings are beautiful, with the sounds of nature being the only sound. My room was large and comfortable with a balcony. The room was clean, well decorated and had great views of the forest. My walk from my cabin to the dining pavilion was about 200 yards. The trail was well kept and well lit after dark. I would still recommend having a flash light for doing the walk after dark. All of the trails I walked during my stay were well kept and well marked. The meals were excellent and well presented. The lodge staff was courteous and very friendly. The birding was excellent, my guide Miguel was great at hearing, finding and identifying the birds. He was also excellent at suggesting camera settings to get the best pictures. My only regret was not having more time to spend at Milpi.
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Date of stay: September 2019
John Jones Thompson wrote a review Mar 2019
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The following review describes the whole system of lodges provided within the concept of the Magical Birding Circuit. Describing San Jorge Milpe without providing information on the Ecolodge system would be a disservice to the reader. San Jorge Milpe is the lodge located in the middle of the Tropical Zone, and is notable for many rare and unusual birds including the rarely seen Banded Ground Cuckoo: We chose to do a 5 day tour with the Magical Birding Circuit on the recommendation of a friend who had visited several years ago. While the brochures and online information were enticing, we truly had no idea what a remarkable experience we were about to have when we were picked up at the hotel and transported to the San Jorge Ecolodge outside of Quito. We had the great good fortune of having George Cruz as our personal guide. He is a renaissance man: visionary, knowledgeable, and extremely gracious. Realizing that much of the extraordinary diversity of bird habitat in Ecuador has been disappearing, he has purchased sizeable tracts of land in all of the major habitats: Amazon, highland barren plains and rain forest, subtropical, and subtropical areas, in order to protect them from degradation. As an artist and architect, he has developed ecolodges at the Quito, Tandayapa, and Milpe sites, and is currently doing so in the Amazon basin. Each site is beautifully constructed to be in harmony with the setting, and to allow birds to come quite close. He has studied which types of plants are appropriate at each site to attract bird species, and has set up blinds to allow intimate observation without disturbing the birds. Approximately 6 months ago I purchased a high end DSLR camera, but had only begun to learn how to use it. To my delight, both George and his son Luis are also professional photographers. I couldn't have had a better education in how to get the most from my camera, and came home with thousands of beautiful pictures of over a hundred species of birds, some quite unusual and rare. I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that the accommodations, food, and ability to interact with the staff were a special part of our visit. Ecuadoran cuisine is delightful, and the staff at each site went out of their way to provide us with beautiful and delectable local food 3 times a day (to say nothing of providing us with coffee and a bite to eat in the blinds at 5 am in the morning). Having the chance to share our meals with George and discuss a wide range of topics truly helped transport us on a vacation from our usual existence. As you might guess, we plan to go back in the future to visit the sites we missed on this trip. There is no way we could explore these so well without the Magical Bird Circuit that George has set up.
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Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: I wouldn't worry about choosing rooms; they are all lovely.
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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.