My wife and I spent a week birding with Jorge in Ecuador. He has three lodges at different elevations, we stayed at all three and saw birds from a variety of climate zones. Each site has comfortable rooms and excellent meals. We were up early each day checking feeders and hiking the trails near the lodge. After lunch we rested for a couple of hours and then more birding before dinner. We started at the lodge near Quito (9500 ft) less than 20 minutes from the airport. We had just come from sea level (seattle) so the second day we went down in elevation on the Nono/Mindo road to Tandayapa Lodge near (5000 ft) where we spent 2 nights. There are lots of humming bird feeders with 20+ species as well as trails along the mountain side. Jorge was quick to hear and spot the birds for us. The third lodge is Milpe near Mindo about (3000 ft) with forest and creek side trails. We birded early morning again and got 55+ species before breakfast. We went back to the Quito lodge for our last nignt. Now that we were acclimated we were comfortable birding above 12000 ft the last day on the Inca Trail. These are private lodges owned by Jorge (Dr George Cruz) on his private lands so the trails are not busy with other birders. He calls it the Miracle Birding Circuit and the meals are exceptional. We have birded in Costa Rica and Kenya as well as much of the US. Birding in Ecuador with Jorge was special and we made a new friend as well.
- 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