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

The magic birding & Photography circuit

The Magic Birding & Photography Circuit is the first of its kind in South America, We own 6 private Birding Reserves and 4 Eco-Lodges in Ecuador, all within a 2 hour radius of Quito. Experience our Ecuador Birdwatching Tours & Bird & Wildlife Photography Tours, Natural History, Ecuador Wild Orchids, Butterflies and Medicinal Plants visiting up to 13 diverse eco-systems in the Andes Highlands, Highland Rainforest, Cloud Forest, Upper Tropical Rainforest, Paramo, Upper Amazon Basin, both on the East & West Andes Slope, and now offering the Pacific Coastal Lowlands at our new Ecuador Bird Reserve.

Our private reserves offer over 1,200 possible bird species and 65 Hummingbird species, 15 running waterfalls, 2 ponds, rivers, wild orchids, butterflies, mammals & diverse flora & fauna. Our all-inclusive tours include airport transfers or pick up from downtown Quito, delicious meals, comfortable lodging, specialized English speaking native guides, and private transportation throughout the reserves. We bird our way from reserve to reserve, eliminating unnecessary driving. 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 upgrades for private balcony and views and rustic bungalows inside the tropical rainforest located at our new Forest Eco-Lodge. Enjoy nature from our 60 foot high observation tower overlooking the canopy offering superb photo options, swimming at the waterfalls with a picnic lunch, or selecting one of our Ecuadorian cultural tours. 2017 - NEW Canopy Islands  Bird & Wildlife Photography Center at our Cloud Forest Reserve – a first in South America!  We serve delicious Ecuadorian cuisine in a charming ambiance at our open air restaurants located in the Cloud Forest and Upper Tropical Rainforest, surrounded by Hummingbird, Tanager, Toucan feeders and gardens.

San Jorge Eco-Lodges is a licensed Quito Tour Operator.  We offer the following pre-scheduled or private tours:
  • Birdwatching Tours, Senior Birdwatching Tours, Hummingbird Tours
  • Bird & Wildlife Photography Tours
  • Natural History Tours, Cultural Tours & Student Educational Programs
  • Galapagos Islands Cruises & Amazon Jungle extensions

Trip Advisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence Award

San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary & Lodge
San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve & Lodges
San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito

Magic Birding Circuit Tours:
  Ecuador birding & natural history tours - All-inclusive birdwatching pre-scheduled tours are offered throughout the year, ranging from 7 nights thru 20 nights East & West Andes Slope, Amazonian lowlands + Pacific Coastal bird tours Ecuador. 1,200 possible bird species + 65 Hummingbirds.  Pre-scheduled or custom tours.

Magic Bird & Wildlife Photo Tours:  Ecuador Photography  – All-inclusive bird photo tours in Ecuador.  Feeders at all San Jorge Lodges & Reserves; 60’ high Observation Tower overlooking canopy; Canopy Islands Wild Photography Center in the Cloud Forest;  Superb photo options. Pre-scheduled or custom tours

Magic Birding Circuit Hummingbird Tour: Hummingbirds in Ecuador. 

Magic Natural History Circuit: Ecuador Natural History Tours - Ecuador Eco-Adventures - All-inclusive pre-scheduled natural history tours scheduled throughout the year, ranging from 4 to 10 nights

Magic Circuit Orchid Tour – Wild orchids in Ecuador at San Jorge’s Private Nature Reserves

NEW 2017 !  Canopy Islands Wild Photography Center at San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary in the Cloud Forest
~ Designed & newly built for optimal bird & wildlife photography ~

View The Canopy Islands Wild Photo Center

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 & Lodgelocated 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, bird huts, running rivers, ponds, open air Hummingbird Restaurant surrounded by active hummingbird & tanager feeders, and beautiful gardens with wild orchids.  NEW Canopy Islands Wild Photography Center!  Accommodations include spacious rooms with private baths, and optional upgraded rooms with  panorama views and balcony.  Located one hour from San Jorge Eco-Lodge/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.

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 –
Open air restaurant-bar – large overhead 60 foot high birding observatory overlooking canopy – feeders, gardens
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 rustic Bungalows at
San Jorge de Milpe Forest Lodge

Brand NEW San Jorge Forest Lodge with spacious rustic Bungalows inside the forest – 2 queen beds, 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, 60  foot overhead observation deck - all canopy, hummingbird & toucan feeders. 


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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, pristine hiking trails.

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 offering a wealth of new birds.  

NEW!  San Jorge de Estero Hondo Reserve is a private tropical reserve located in the Pacific lowlands of Ecuador in a transitional zone between the semi-humid and dry tropical forests of the now endangered Tumbesian Endemic Corridor. It is rapidly becoming one of the last pristine reserves in the lowlands of the west. Estero Hondo is a paradise of 300 possible bird species within the reserve and other sites nearby, with mantled howlers, white-fronted capuchin monkeys, peccaries, jaguarondi’s, ocelots and tamandua anteaters.

San Jorge offers the best options for Birdwatching, Bird & Wildlife Photography, and Natural History,
Cultural - Historical Tours, and Student Educational Programs. 

Added extensions are offered to The Galapagos Islands and Amazon Jungle.




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Cheryl Korowotny
International Director
The Magic Birding & Photography Circuit
Quito-Tandayapa-Milpe-Cosanga-Estero Hondo
Ecuador – South America

(877) 565-2596 toll-free USA/Canada 
Email: info@eco-lodgesanjorge.com

San Jorge has been awarded the ‘Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence’ for the past 7 consecutive years!

Recommended by Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, Frommerís Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Moon Travel, Fodorís South America, Viva Travel Guide & Rough Guides ecuador

Photography accredited to George Cruz