We very much enjoyed our experience with the Cruz family's introduction to Ecuador. We stayed in Quito and also Tandayapa. All the meals were excellent and the filtered water provided to refill the initial water bottles was totally reliable. We did not suffer even one intestinal butterfly. The Quito lodge is actually at the edge of and just above he city, and now a long way from the new airport and also quite far from the old town. It seems to serve mostly as transitional lodging for tourists going to the other venues but is extremely beautiful. The rooms are very old in the historic sense and suffer from understandable limitations. We welcomed the space heater. The main lodge, however, including the dining room and patio, is beautiful. For meals we were seated with other visitors, and enjoyed the contacts.
We opted for a mountain bike tour on our way to Tandayapa from the small town of Nono and had a great time. Our guide was Jorge, the oldest Cruz son and he is bright, interesting, responsible, considerate and a recently graduated from college in the U.S. The mountain bikes were good enough, the route is not difficult (unpaved road, some mud and rocks, maybe two hills); but I would say it helps to have done a little cycling before.
Tandayapa is indeed magical. We upgraded our room and had windows on three walls. We are not birders, but found the birdlife and guided walk fascinating. Take some bug stuff, there are no see-ums and a few mosquitos (no malaria, however.) We also found that both Quito and Tandayapa could be quite cool. Take some layers of warmer clothing just in case.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito (High Barren Plains/Highland Rainforest) 18th Century Spanish Hacienda located in the Pichincha Foothills offering airport transfers 24/7 or pick up from downtown Quito. Comfortable Andes hacienda rooms with private bath/hot shower, decorated in typical decor; game room, lounge, restaurant, bar and small museum. Free Wi-Fi offered in upper level rooms. 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. Explore our beautiful gardens, birdwatching & hiking trails, hummingbird feeders, delicious cuisine and views of 11 mountains & volcanos in the distance overlooking Quito. Pre-reserved guided tours are available for birdwatching, hiking & natural history, medicinal plants, cultural tours & add on extension cruises to The Galapagos Islands or Amazon Jungle. We also own San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Lodge & Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) & two Lodges at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve - San Jorge Cliff Lodge & NEW San Jorge Forest Lodge (Upper Tropical Rainforest) listed #1 in Trip Advisor. All private reserves & lodges are within 2 hours radius of Quito. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge And Botanical Reserve
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve Hotel Quito