I spent 8 days with three fellow bird photographers visiting the Quito, Tandayapa and Milpe lodges. We photographed birds on the hotel grounds at all three, superb photo-ops. In addition, Dr. Jorge Cruz skillfully guided us for additional photography at Yanacocha, Antisana, Jerusalem, the Milpe lodge grounds, and Angel Paz's Cock-of-the-Rock lek and antipittas near Mindo. His knowledge of the birds of Ecuador is outstanding, and he is lively and fascinating company. Food, by cooks supervised by Irina Cruz, excellent! Rooms and service outstanding. The staff uniformly helpful and friendly. We spent a full 2.5 days photographing from the restaurant area at Tandayapa, sensational for hummingbirds and tanagers. Don't miss the feeding stations at Yanacocha, or Angel Paz's refuge, but all the areas we visited were worth the visit. This was my first visit to mainland Ecuador; the birds are sensational, and it would be hard to beat the three San Jorge lodges as places to see and photograph them, and Jorge as a bird guide.
- 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 & Botanical Reserve Hotel Quito
- San Jorge Eco-Lodge And Botanical Reserve