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Welcome to San Jorge Eco-lodges & Botanical Reserves in Ecuador

The magic birding & hiking circuit

The Magic Birding & Hiking Circuit is the first of its kind in South America, We own 6 private Nature Birding Reserves and 4 Eco-Lodges in Ecuador, all within a 2 hour radius of Quito. San Jorge de Estero Hondo Reserve, our NEW Birding Reserve has opened recently located on the Pacific Coastal lowlands – located 2-1/2 hours from San Jorge de Milpe Reserve. Experience our Ecuador Birdwatching & Natural History Tours, Ecuador Wild Orchids, Butterflies, Medicinal Plants and Ecuador Wildlife Photography Tours, visiting up to 11 diverse eco-systems in the High Barren Plains, Highland Rainforest, Cloud Forest, Tropical Rainforest, the East & West Andes Slope, and now including the Pacific Coastal lowlands.

Our private reserves offer over 1,200 possible bird species and 65 Hummingbird species, 15 waterfalls, ponds, rivers, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals & diverse flora & fauna.  We offer the best options for birdwatchers, hikers, photographers & nature lovers alike. Our all-inclusive tours include airport transfers or pick up from downtown Quito, meals, lodging, specialized English speaking native guides, and private transportation throughout the reserves. 
Our 4 Ecuador Eco-Lodges are rustic and environmentally friendly and offer quality service with comfortable well-appointed rooms furnished in typical décor, with optional room upgrades with balcony and best views. Bird, hike or enjoy nature from our observation tower overlooking the canopy, swimming at the waterfalls with a picnic lunch, or selecting one of our Ecuadorian cultural tours..   Enjoy delicious Ecuadorian cuisine in a beautiful ambiance at our open air restaurants located in the Cloud Forest and Tropical Rainforest, surrounded by Hummingbird, Tanager and Toucan feeders, offering spectacular views and superb photo options.

Our 4 Ecuador Eco-Lodges are rustic and environmentally friendly and offer quality service with comfortable well-appointed rooms furnished in typical décor, with upgrades offered for views and private balcony or deluxe bungalow suites at our new lodge. Bird or enjoy nature from our observatory decks, relax at our reading rooms and comfortable lounge areas. Dine with delicious cuisine and beautiful ambiance at our open air restaurants in the Cloud Forest & Tropical Rainforest, surrounded by Hummingbird, Tanager and Toucan feeders, offering spectacular views and superb photo options for photographers.

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The Magic Birding Circuit Tours:  Ecuador birding tours - All-inclusive birdwatching pre-scheduled tours are offered throughout the year, ranging from 7 nights thru 14 nights East & West Andes Slope + Pacific Coastal lowland bird tours Ecuador

The Magic Birding Photography Circuit: Ecuador Photography Tours – All inclusive bird photo tours in Ecuador

The Magic Birding Circuit Hummingbird Tour: Hummingbirds in Ecuador

The Magic Hiking Circuit: Ecuador Hiking Tours – Ecuador Eco-Adventure Tours - All-inclusive pre-scheduled tours scheduled throughout the year, ranging from 4 to 7 nights

The Magic Circuit Orchid Tour – wild orchids in Ecuador – visit our 3 private nature reserves

Optional Activities: Old Colonial Quito City Tour, Middle of the World, Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Orchid Tours, Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages, Shamanism of Ecuador, Papallacta Hot Springs, Mountain Biking, Ecuadorian Cooking Lessons, Chocolate & Coffee artisanal factory, Folkloric Ballet, all based from San Jorge including English speaking guides and transportation. Optional extensions to The Galapagos Islands and Amazon Jungle are also available.

San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito
, an 18th Century Spanish Hacienda located in the Pichincha Foothills in the High Barren Plains/Highland Rainforest on 230 acres of untouched, protected land.  It preserves the wild and natural habitat of the many endemic plants, mammals, and over 90 different species of birds, which are native only to the Andes region. We are the only private reserve near Quito, yet a world away from the busy city to provide guests with peace and tranquility.  Start birding-hiking and enjoy nature as soon as you arrive to Quito!  Enjoy Birdwatching, Hiking the Last Incan Emperor’s Trails, or medicinal plants & sacred waterfalls.  Join us for delicious food, Andes music, comfortable rooms, private baths, and lovely gardens. Wi-Fi is offered in the upper level rooms and courtyard. A wonderful natural environment awaits you. Explore our beautiful gardens, within a comfortable Eco-Resort environment.  Relax at our festive El Cucayco Restaurant that serves delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine, and overlooks the valley of Quito.

San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge
located in the Cloud Forest, 150 acres of prime birding & hiking property, recently built gorgeous mountain top lodge in Tandayapa Valley, pristine birding and hiking trails, rivers, pond, open air Hummingbird Restaurant surrounded by active hummingbird & tanager feeders, and beautiful gardens.  Accommodations include spacious rooms with private baths, and optional deluxe panorama views.  Located less than one hour from San Jorge/Quito, it is part of the Choco Bird Area of N.W. Ecuador where as many as 500 species live, observation deck, spectacular views, and superb photography options.

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San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve has 2 Lodges, located in the Upper Tropical Rainforest on 260 acres of prime birding & hiking property.  Enjoy spectacular scenery, beautiful birding and hiking trails, running rivers, 11 waterfalls, over 450 species of tropical birds, hundreds of butterflies, numerous wild orchids, including a wide array of tropical flora and fauna.  San Jorge’s Observatory Hill is unique with four species of parrots including the Rose Faced Parrot, four species of Toucans, including a huge amount of Tanagers and many more!  San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve has the comfort and rustic elegance of a rainforest lodge, making it the ideal retreat for birdwatchers, photographers, and nature lovers alike.

Visit San Jorge’s NEW Forest Eco-Lodge at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve in the Tropical Rainforest – West Andes Slope
Grand open air restaurant-bar – large overhead birding observatory – all canopy – feeders
Deluxe spacious Bungalow Suites with Balcony & Views – large windows – See birds from your room!
Beautiful pristine trails – swimming at the waterfalls – over 450 species
~ Spectacular birding & hiking at the most beautiful lodge of the surroundings ~

New Deluxe rustic Suites at San Jorge de Milpe Forest Lodge

Brand NEW Deluxe San Jorge Forest Lodge with spacious rustic Bungalow Suites – 2 queen beds and private bath, large windows; Private Balcony & Views – hammocks for relaxing see birds from your room.  Large open air restaurant & bar with views; reading room, lounge, 50 foot overhead observation deck - all canopy, hummingbird & toucan feeders. 


New Deluxe rustic Suites at San Jorge de Milpe Forest Lodge
San Jorge Cliff Lodge (Scientific Research Center)  offers double rooms – 2 twin beds and private bath, open air restaurant/bar, observation deck, active hummingbird feeders San Jorge de Cosanga-Yanayacu Wildlife & Bird Reserve - Eastern Andes Slope, Highland Cloud Forest, adjoining Antisana National Park. This reserve is yet another birdwatchers paradise within the Subtropical Eastern Slopes of the Andes.  Our NEW Eco-Lodge at this reserve is on the drawing board, projected to open end of 2015!

NEW!  San Jorge de Estero Hondo Reserve

San Jorge de Estero Hondo is a private tropical reserve located in the Pacific lowlands of Ecuador. Our NEW birdwatching reserve is located in a transitional zone between the semi-humid and dry tropical forests of the now endangered Tumbesian Endemic Corridor. San Jorge de Estero Hondo is rapidly becoming one of the last pristine reserves in the lowlands of the west. The reserve is home to unique wildlife find nowhere else in Ecuador.  Estero Hondo is also a paradise for birds with roughly 300 bird species within the reserve and other sites nearby.  It is home to stable populations of mantled howlers, white-fronted capuchin monekys, peccaries, jaguarandis, ocelots and tamandua anteaters. San Jorge of Estero Hondo is located 5 hours away from San Jorge de Quito Lodge, and 2 hours and 45 minutes away from San Jorge Eco-lodge Milpe.



NEW! Photographer’s Delight! Andes Condors, Raptors & Caracaras FEEDER BLIND at San Jorge Botanical Reserve/Quito – Andes Highlands



San Jorge offers the best options for Birdwatching, Hiking Naturalist Tours, Natural History, Hummingbird & Photography Tours, Eco-Adventures, Cultural & Historical Tours, Student Educational Programs & Galapagos Islands Cruise extensions.



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The Birds of the Metropolitan District of Quito
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The Magic Birding & Hiking Circuit
Ecuador – South America

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Email: info@eco-lodgesanjorge.com

San Jorge has been awarded the ‘Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence’ for the past 5 consecutive years!

Recommended by Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Moon Travel, Fodor’s South America, Viva Travel Guide & Rough Guides