San Jorge Eco lodge Milpe Photo Collage

SAN JORGE ECO-LODGE MILPE

THE LODGE

San Jorge Eco-lodge Milpe  is a rustic-style eco-lodge situated in the heart of the globally important Tumbez-Choco Endemic Corridor. We operate since 2006 providing lodging and access to one of the last and possibly the most spectacular upper tropical forest in northwestern Ecuador. Milpe borders with Mashpi River Basin.

OUR NEW OBSERVATION DECK

In 2012, the completion of an observation deck rising at nearly 50 feet, allows the observation of animals, birds, and orchids in the high tree tops. From 6:00-to.8:00AM, 65 bird species can be seen in average, including raptors, colorful parrots, tanagers, barbets, & toucans.

Observation deck Milpe

LOCATION

San Jorge Eco-lodge Milpe is located 3 hours away from the new airport, 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Quito Old Town, 2 hours away from San Jorge Quito and 1 hour away from San Jorge Tandayapa. 

Excellent, central location if you are planning day trips to: The Long-wattled Umbrellabird Lek, Angel Paz Antpitta Feeding Station, The Town of Mindo & Rio Silanche Bird Sanctuary.

ABOUT OUR TROPICAL BIRD & ORCHID RESERVE

Our imposing upper tropical rainforest, situated at 900 m (3,116 feet) is characterized for its unparalleled amount of plant species including, anthuriums, bromeliads, tree ferms, orchids, vines, mosses and lichens. The dense forest floor and the vivid-green canopy trees provide habitat for about 500 bird species. More than 10 different well-kept trails explore the different points of interest of the reserve.

Our Waterfall Trail, one of our most popular trails, crosses several small rivers before converging into the large Chaguaryacu river. On the way down, a total of 8 prisitne waterfalls will allure you to take a dip in their transparent tropical water. Numerous butterfly species and river-specialist bird species can be seen around the Chaguaryacu River Basin.

Our West Wing trail, also among our most popular trails, visits the interior of the breath-taking primary growth forest, known for being the most densely forested area in our reserve. A number of bird species like the Banded Ground-Cuckoo (one of the 50 rarest birds in the world) habit this section of the reserve. Tamandua anteaters, coatis, kinkajous, sloths, and even the puma have been sighted in this trail.

Our Manakin trail, named after several manakin species that can be observed along the way, explores the forest around the lodge. This trail is very popular among birders and nature lovers who want to experience the wonders of the rainforest whithout having to engage in long distance hikes or steep trails.    

San Jorge Tropical Bird & Orchid Forest Reserve, marks the last stop of the Hummingbird Route - Ruta del Colibri) where as many as 500 bird species have been recorded, making it one of the world's most famous birding areas, and a major birdwatching destination in South America.

ACCOMMODATION & FEATURES

The lodge is divided into The Forest Lodge & The Cliff Lodge (Milpe's Scientific Research Station). All room types have 24/7 electricity, comfortable outdoor sitting areas, mesh netting to keep insects out, orthopedic mattresses, private bathroom, hot running water and flushing toilet.

FOREST LODGE

Upgraded Bungalow Suites
Upgraded Queen Suite
Standard Lodging Wing
Standard Queen Room
 
 
 
 

Our brand new Forest Lodge (2013), is located inside our bird & orchid tropical reserve and next to the parking lot.

A collection of five two-story suite-bungalows are evenly distributed around our three-story main dinning area.

Our upgraded bungalow suites are more spacious, and each of them has a private balcony with hammocks  overlooking the pristine tropical forest.

Our main dinning area, surrounded by the lush tropical forest, is composed of three floors. Our festive restaurant can be found in the first, a cozy bar in the second, and a unique observation deck in the third.

From most rooms in this complex, less than 10 steps are required to reach the restaurant and bird feeders.

CLIFF LODGE (MILPE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH STATION)

Lodging Complex
Double Rooms & Bathroom
Balcony
Open-air Bungalow-Restaurant
 
 
 
 

Our scientific reserch station, is a field study facility built in 2005 and situated 10-to-15 minutes away from the parking lot inside the exhuberant tropical forest and in the edge of Chaguryacu River Valley. Rooms in our two-story cedar building feature all modern conveniences and each floor has a balcony with expectacular views of the adjacent valley. An open-air dinning bungalow is situated next to the station. 

The station is geared towards research and education but it is also used by birders and nature lovers looking for a more budget-friendly option.

More than 50 steps are required to reach the station. Once in the station, around 10 steps are required to reach the dinning area and bird feeders. 

TOP 8 HIGHLIGHT BIRDS

Banded Ground-Cuckoo
Rose-faced Parrot
Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Choco Trogon
 
 
 
 
Choco Toucan
White-tipped Sicklebill
Yellow-tufted Dacnis
Pale-mandibled Aracari
 
 
 
 

OTHER HIGHLIGHT BIRDS

Berlepsch's Tinamou, Little Tinamou, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Plumbeous Kite, Double-toothed Kite, Hook-billed Kite, Gray-baked Hawk, Semiplumbeuos Hawk, Plumbeous Hawk, Barred Hawk, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Tiny Hawk, Collared Forest-Falcon, Laughing Falcon, Crested Guan, Rufous-fronted Wood-Quail, White-throated Crake, Pale-vented Pigeon, Dusky Pigeon, Indigo-crowned Quail-Dove, Pallid Dove, Blue-fronted Parrotlet, Marron-tailed Parakeet, Red-masked Parakeet, Bronze-winged Parrot, Little Cuckoo, Rufescent Screech-Owl, Crested Owl, Black-and-white Owl, Common Potoo, Rufous-bellied Nighthawk, Choco Poorwill, Band-tailed Barbthroat, White-wiskered Hermit, Stripe-throated Hermit, Tooth-billed Hummingbird, Green-fronted Lancebill, Green Thorntail, Little Woodstar, Purple-crowned Fairy, Green-crowned Woodnymph, Choco Trogon, Collared Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, White-tailed Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Guayaqui Woodpecker, Crimson-bellied Woodpecker, Ringed Kingfisher, Broad-billed Motmot, Orange-fronted Barbet, Barred Puffbird, White-wiskered Puffbird, Lanceolated Monklet, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Olivaceos Piculet, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Black-checked Woodpecker, Red-billed Scythebill, Brown-billed Scythebill, Pacific Tuftedcheek, Plain-brown Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper, Spotted Woodcreeper, Slaty Spinetail, Red-faced Spinetail, Streaked Xenops, Western Woodhunter, Lineated Foliage-Gleaner, Buff-troated Foliage-Gleaner, Scaly-throated Foaliage Gleaner, Pacific Hornero, Tawny-throated Leaftoser, Western-slaty Antshrike, Russet Antshrike, Plain Antvireo, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Rufous-rumped Antwren, White-flanked Antbird, Pacific Antren, White-backed Fire-Eye, Esmeraldas Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Immaculate Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Rufous-crowned Antpitta, Streak-chested Antpitta, Black-headed Antthrush, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Ashy-headed Tyrannulet, Sooty-headed tyrannulet, Brown-capped Tyrannulet, Golden-faced tyrannulet, Slaty-capped Flycatcher, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Ornate Flycatcher, Tawny-breasted Flycatcher, Pacific Flatbill, Long-tailed Tyrant, White-throated Kingbird, Streaked Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Cinammon Becard, One-colored Becard, White-winged Becard, Black-tipped Cotinga, Scaled Fruiteater, Golden-winged Manakin, White-bearded Manakin, Club-winged Manakin, Green Manakin, Thrush-like Schiffornis, Band-backed Wren, Bay Wren, Southern Nightingale Wren, Tawny-faced Gnatwren, Lesser Greenlet, Spotted Nighingale Thrush, Slaty-backed Nightingale Thrush, Ecuadorian Thrush, Pale-vented Thrush, Olive-crowned Yellowthroat, Choco Warbler, Buff-rumped Warbler, Purple Honecreeper, Green Honeycreeper, Yellow-collared Chlorophonia, Swallow Tanager, Emerald Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, Gray-and-gold Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Guira Tanager, Scarlet-and-white Tanager, Fawn-breasted Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, Rufous-throated Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Moss-backed Tanager, Ochre-breasted Tanager, Dusky-faced Tanager, Slate-throated Grosbeak, Yellow-bellied Siskin, Lesser Seed-finch, Olive Finch, Orange-billed Sparrow, Black-stripped Sparrow, Scarlet-rumped Cacique.

TOP 8 HIGHLIGHT BUTTERFLIES

Helenor Blue Morpho
Mamilia Eyemark
Amber Daggerwing
Giant Glasswing
 
 
 
 
Spot-banded Daggerwing
Pink-tipped Clearwing Satyr
Glittering Sapphire
Chiriqui Flasher