My wife loves birds. She was ecstatic when she discovered San Jorge as a way to spend 5 days observing the many birds in Ecuador. We were fortunate to have as our guide the owner Dr. Jorge Cruz for 4 of our 5 days. Jorge's ability to spot birds while driving the custom designed van and then set up his spotting scope, if necessary, so we could see them was a major plus for us. We spent 2 nights at San Jorge de Tandayapa in the Cloud Forest and another 2 nights at San Jorge de Milpe in the Tropical Forest. The accommodation at San Jorege de Milpe was especially wonderful as it was brand new and we were the first occupants.
The staff at both locations was attentive and helpful and the food (Ecuadorian) at both locations was great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve has 2 Eco-Lodges on prime birding & hiking property, located on 260 acres in the Upper Tropical Rainforest. This private reserve offers spectacular scenery, pristine trails, running rivers, 11 waterfalls, over 450 species of tropical birds, mammals, hundreds of butterflies, numerous wild orchids, a wide array of tropical flora and fauna, and swimming at the waterfalls. GRAND OPENING - San Jorge NEW Forest Eco-Lodge with 12 Deluxe spacious rustic bungalow Suites with Views & Private Balcony with 2 queen beds & private bath. See birds from your room - picturesque large windows! Spacious open air restaurant & bar with views; reading room, lounge, 90' high bird observation Tower over canopy, hummingbird & toucan feeders. San Jorge Cliff Eco-Lodge (Scientific Research Center) with 8 double rooms with 2 twin beds & private bath, observatory deck, and active hummingbird feeders. Dine at our open air restaurants with delicious cuisine and beautiful rainforest ambiance, offering superb photography options. Both Lodges offer the ideal retreat for birdwatchers, photographers, and nature lovers alike. Guided Birdwatching, Hiking, and Natural History Tours can be reserved in advance, including transportation from downtown Quito. ... more less