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Orchids at san jorge Eco-lodges & Botanical reserves
Orchid tours & Itineraries


Worldwide there are about 35,000 species of Orchids. Ecuador hosts 4,400 species which is  12-1/2 % of the total species. South American has been well endowed with a vast cornucopia of orchids and Ecuador is fortunate to have been gifted with a large proportion which includes thousands of species The lush vegetation is fed by abundant moisture from the mist-laden air and provides home to a multitude of epiphytes ("air plants") including bromeliads, orchids, mosses and ferns. The astonishing diversity of orchids found at The Magic Birding & Photography Circuit, provide enjoyment for visitors also interested in Birdwatching, Hiking, Naturalist Tours and Photography Tours in Ecuador.

You will find orchids as epiphytes on trees, as lithophytes on rocks or rooted in the soil in the more traditional terrestrial fashion. Orchids in Ecuador grow in all ecosystems and some species range up to 4000m but the majority are found in the humid cloud forests and rainforests of Ecuador, such as San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Tandayapa Valley Cloud Forest) and San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Tropical Rainforest). Some are so plentiful as to be considered weeds growing in disturbed areas. Others grow high up in the crowns of tall tropical trees. If you love orchids then San Jorge Eco-Lodges & Botanical Reserves is the perfect place to see `and admire them in the wild natural environment.

One of the most interesting features of orchids is their interactions with pollinators, mainly insects. Many orchids and animals co-evolved together for mutual benefits. Orchids modified their flowers to attract pollinators. The beautiful shapes, colors and smells of some orchids were not invented to attract bees which are main pollinators of orchids (and flowers in general).  White orchids often bloom at night and attract moths, bats and other nocturnal animals. The tubular structures of Elleanthus species offer pollen to hummingbirds.

Rose  Faced Parrot . Ecuador Birdwatching San Jorge de  Milpe

Here are some of the best known genera of Ecuador Orchids and those which are most frequently found in the country’s lush and tropical rainforests:

• Oncidioda Fading Rose
• Trichocentrum lanceanum
• Trigonidium ogerthoniznum
• Chaubardia heteroclite
• Cattleya iricolor
• Laelia gloriosa
• Anguloa ruckeri
• Max (fletchereana X sandereana)
• Maxillaria schunkeana
• Maxillaria striata
• Maxillaria rufescens
• Ada oconensis X Ada aurantiaca
• Ada aurantiaca X Brassia caudata
• Ada glumacea
• Cleistes rosea
• Oncidium fuscatum
• Phragmipedium pearcei
• Sobralia rosea
• Stanhopea aff. napoensis
• Pleurothallis marthae

ECUADOR ORCHID TOURS AT SAN JORGE ECO-LODGES

Natural Orchid Tour - 2 Nights/3 Days - Observe Orchids in their natural habitats

Day One - Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito, overnight lodging San Jorge/Quito

Day Two -
Visit El Pahuma Orchid Reserve (Upper Cloud Forest) a 1,500 acre cloud forest wonderland. Observe the plantings of hundreds of native species of orchids, aroids, bromeliads, ferns and shrubs interspersed within the trees.  Continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) and explore the gardens and pristine trails looking for tropical orchids.

Day Three -
AM airport transfer

Contact us for pricing.
  Please specify for how many people with travel dates.

 

Natural Orchid Tours - 5 Nights/6 Days - Observe Orchids in their natural habitats

Day One - Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito Lodge, overnight lodging San Jorge/Quito

Day Two -
Visit Quito Botanical Gardens.  Here, you will find every possible plant species in Ecuador, and will be guided through wetlands, cloud forest, high-altitude Andean moorlands and dry forest alive with a profusion of tropical flowers and buzzing hummingbirds. More than 1,200 orchid species and a number of hybrids are exhibited in “crystal Palaces” inside the Botanical Gardens. Return to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito (High Barren Plains) for lunch and to walk the gardens and search for natural orchids at the reserve.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals.

Day Three -
Visit El Pahuma Orchid Reserve (Upper Cloud Forest) a 1,500 acre cloud forest wonderland. Observe the plantings of hundreds of native species of orchids, aroids, bromeliads, ferns and shrubs interspersed within the trees.  Continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) and explore the gardens and pristine trails looking for tropical orchids. Overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four -
Visit Mindo to view natural orchids to view orchids in the lower altitudes.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals (Dine at The Bromeliad Forest Restaurant at the reserve.

Day Five - Natural Orchids
at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest) observation of subtropical orchids in natural habitat and tropical birds.  Visit up to 6 sacred waterfalls that were worshipped by the Yumbo Tribe for purifications 1,500 years B.C.  Later afternoon transfer to San Jorge/Quito.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals (Lunch at The Orchid Paradise Cliff Restaurant located at the reserve)

Day Six
- AM airport transfer
Contact us for pricing.  Please specify for how many people with travel dates.

World Orchid Conference - Guayaquil, Ecuador - November 8 - 12, 2017

Pre & Post Conference Natural Orchid Tours
Observe orchids in their natural habitats

#1 Itinerary:  Natural Orchid Tours - November 2 - 7 & November 13 - 17, 2017 - 5 N/6 D

Day One - Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito Lodge, overnight lodging San Jorge/Quito, no meals included

Day Two - Visit Quito Botanical Gardens.  Here, you will find every possible plant species in Ecuador, and will be guided through wetlands, cloud forest, high-altitude Andean moorlands and dry forest alive with a profusion of tropical flowers and buzzing hummingbirds. More than 1,200 orchid species and a number of hybrids are exhibited in “crystal Palaces” inside the Botanical Gardens. Return to San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito (High Barren Plains) for lunch and to walk the gardens and search for natural orchids at the reserve.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals.

Day Three -
Visit El Pahuma Orchid Reserve (Upper Cloud Forest) a 1,500 acre cloud forest wonderland. Observe the plantings of hundreds of native species of orchids, aroids, bromeliads, ferns and shrubs interspersed within the trees.  Continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) and explore the gardens and pristine trails looking for tropical orchids. Overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four -
Visit Mindo to view natural orchids to view orchids in the lower altitudes.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Forest Lodge, includes 3 meals (Dine at The Bromeliad Forest Restaurant at the reserve.

Day Five - Natural Orchids
at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rainforest) observation of subtropical orchids in natural habitat and tropical birds.  Visit up to 6 sacred waterfalls that were worshipped by the Yumbo Tribe for purifications 1,500 years B.C.  Later afternoon transfer to San Jorge/Quito.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals (Lunch at The Orchid Paradise Cliff Restaurant located at the reserve)

Day Six
- AM airport transfer

Contact us for pricing

#2 Itinerary:  Natural Orchid Tour - November 5 - 7 & November 13 - 15, 2017 -  2 N/3 D  

Day One - Airport transfer to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito, overnight lodging San Jorge/Quito, no meals included

Day Two -
Visit El Pahuma Orchid Reserve (Upper Cloud Forest) a 1,500 acre cloud forest wonderland. Observe the plantings of hundreds of native species of orchids, aroids, bromeliads, ferns and shrubs interspersed within the trees.  Continue on to San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) and explore the gardens and pristine trails looking for tropical orchids.

Day Three -
AM airport transfer

Contact us for pricing

Optional add ons:
  Old Colonial Quito City Tour, Middle of the World Equator Monument; Otavalo Indian Market & surrounding villages; Cotopaxi Volcano, Papallacta Hot Springs; Birdwatching Tours, Bird & Wildlife Photography, Medicinal Plants & Sacred Waterfalls, Andes Chocolate & Coffee - Hands on Cooking Lesson; Galapagos Islands & Amazon Jungle extensions 

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