• SAN JORGE ESTERO HONDO
    Brand New Endangered Dry Tropical Reserve
     

SAN JORGE ESTERO HONDO

THE RESERVE

San Jorge of Estero Hondo is a private tropical reserve located in the Pacific lowlands of Ecuador. The reserve is located in a transitional zone between the semi-humid and dry tropical forests of the now endangered Tumbesian Endemic Corridor. San Jorge of 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 nowhereelse in Ecuador.

WILDLIFE

The Pacific Lowland forests have sadly suffered the highest levels of deforastation in Ecuador. Fragmentation due to agricultural practices has led to a dramatic population density reduction of bird, plant and animal species. Estero Hondo and other private reserves adjacent to it, seem to be the last hope to save these magnificinet forests and all the wildlife who shelters on it. The reserve is still home to stable populations of mantled howlers, white-fronted capuchin monekys, peccaries, jaguarandis, ocelots and tamandua anteaters. Estero Hondo is also a paradise for birds with roughly 300 bird species within the reserve and other sites nearby. About 40 species of reptiles and amphibians have been recorded so far and new species are being added thanks to biologist and herpetologists who have shown recent interest in the reserve.

Black Howler Monkey

LOCATION

San Jorge of Estero Hondo is located 5 hours away from Quito, and 2 hours and 45 minutes away from San Jorge Eco-lodge Milpe.

Excellent, central location if you are planning day trips to: Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve, Isla Corazon Mangrove Sanctuary.

UPGRADED ACCOMMODATIONS NEAR ESTERO HONDO

Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve: Located roughly 15 minutes away, Lalo Loor reserve is situated at a lower elevation where forest thend to be drier than in Estero Hondo.

Isla Corazon Mangrove Sanctuary:Located roughly 1 hour away, Isla Corazon is a mangrove sanctuary where thousands of seabirds breed and nest. Excellent location to see and photograph frigatebirds, egrets, herons, ibises, gulls, terns, kingfishers, and numerous boreal migrants.

STANDARD ACCOMMODATIONS NEAR ESTERO HONDO

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

Our brand new main lodging complex (2013), is located inside our bird & orchid tropical reserve and next to the parking lot. Our standard lodging wing, and a collection of 5, two story upgraded bungalow suites 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.

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