San Jorge Eco lodge Tandayapa Photo Collage

SAN JORGE ECO-LODGE TANDAYAPA

THE LODGE

San Jorge Eco-lodge Tandayapa  is a rustic-style eco-lodge situated in the heart of Tandayapa Andean Cloud Forest Reserve. We operate since 2005 providing lodging and the chance for nature lovers and birdwatchers to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of the prime cloud forest.

The lodge has been carefully designed to harmonize with the natural surroundings and it has been strategically built in a transitional area between the upper and the lower cloud forest to attract the highest possible number of hummingbird and other bird species to our feeders and gardens. Tandayapa Valley holds the world record for hummingbird species recorded in one year, 43 species!

Booted Raquet tail Ocreatus underwoodii

The hummingbird feeders, the banana feeders, the moth feeder, and the wild fruit trees around our open-air restaurant are visited by over 30 hummingbird species and a great diversity of colorful tanagers, toucans, finches, barbets, flycatchers and many more. Our lodge's feeders are visited by the iconic and much sought-after Booted Raquet-tail and the Violet-tailed Sylph

Our open-air restaurant is ornamented with wild orchids and bromeliads, carefully brought from our reserve.   

LOCATION

San Jorge Eco-lodge Tandayapa is located 2 hours away from the new airport, 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Quito old town and 45 minutes away from San Jorge Eco-lodge Quito. 

Excellent, central location if you are planning day trips to: The Old Nono-Mindo Road, The Oilbird Cave, Angel Paz Antpitta Feeding Station, and Pauma Orchid Reserve,

ABOUT OUR BOTANICAL RESERVE

San Jorge Andean Cloud Forest Reserve is located next to the lodge and protects one of the last pristine andean cloud forests in the valley of Tandayapa. Different points of interest inside the reserve can be reach through several trails with different difficulties.

Our Nunbird Loop Trail, one of our most popular trails, leads to the ridge of the valley of Tandayapa and the highest point of our reserve which is characterized by a thick and humid forest strongly covered with mosses and epyfites. This forest is habited by the White-faced Nunbird, and the Toucan Barbet which are otherwise hard to see. The Spectacled Bear has been spotted in this area several times, possibly drawn by the abounding numbers of bromeliads in the area. 

Our Toucanet Trial explores the lower area of our reserve, which is defined for being less humid than the upper valley. The trail visits small creeks inside our reserve and our two ponds which are visited by several bird species and with some luck, our local Rufescent Tiger-Heron or Ringed Kingfisher. The areas around the ponds are also home to some of the most amazing cloud forest butterflies and a great place to see and hear the melodical calls of the tree and rain frogs - look inside the bromeliads!     

San Jorge Andean Cloud Forest Reserve, falls inside the Choco Endemic Corridor and it is part of the Old Nono-Mindo-Nambillo Road (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 Lower & The Upper lodging complexes. All room types have 24/7 electricity, orthopedic mattresses, private bathroom, hot running water and flushing toilet.

THE LOWER LODGING COMPLEX

Lower Lodging Complex
Upgraded Queen Room
Upgraded Queen Bathroom
Lower Lodging Complex Balcony
 
 
 
 

Our three-story cedar-bamboo lodging complex, built in 2005, has capacity for up to 16 people in simple, double, and triple rooms. All our deluxe rooms are situated in this complex and in comparison with standard rooms they are more spacious and are blessed with breath-taking panoramic views. All floors in this complex have a balcony with stunning views of Tandayapa Valley.

From most rooms in this complex, a total of 12 steps are requred to reach the restaurant and bird feeders.

THE UPPER LODGING COMPLEX

Upper Lodging Complex
Standard Rooms
Standard Room Bathrooms
Open-air Bungalow-Restaurant
 
 
 
 

The upper lodging complex built in 2007, has capacity for up to 8 people in simple, double, and triple rooms. This complex is situated above the restaurant. All our standard rooms are situated in this complex.

A total of 12 steps are required to reach the restaurant and bird feeders. 

TOP 8 HIGHLIGHT BIRDS

Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan
Violet-tailed Sylph
Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Toucan Barbet
 
 
 
 
Velvet-purple Coronet
Golden-headed Quetzal
Booted Racket-tail
Crimson-rumped Toucanet
 
 
 
 

OTHER HIGHLIGHT BIRDS

Torrent Duck, Barred Hawk, White-rumped Hawk, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Bat Falcon, Sickle-winged Guan, White-throated Quail-Dove, Red-billed Parrot, White-capped Parrot, Squirrel Cuckoo, Rufescent Screech-Owl, Black-and-white Owl, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Tawny-bellied Hermit, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Wedge-billed Hummingbird, Speckled Hummingbird, Purple-thorated Woodstar, Brown Violear, Empress Brilliant, Andean Emerald, Western Emerald, Brown Inca, Collared Inca, Velvet-purple Coronet, Buff-tailed Coronet, Gorgeted Sunangel, Masked Trogon, Powerful Woodpecker, Crested Quetzal, Rufous Motmot, Beautiful Jay, Red-headed Barbet, White-faced Nunbird, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Spotted Barbtail, Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, Streak-capped Treehunter, Uniform Antshrike, Long-tailed Antbird, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Scaled Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Chetnut-crowned Antpitta, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Scaled Fruiteater, Wiskered Wren, White-capped Dipper, Andean Solitaire, Three-striped Warbler, Russet-crowned Warbler, Rusty Flowerpiercer, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Golden-rumped Euphonia, Fawn-brasted Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Metallic-green tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, White-winged Tanager, Buff-throated Saltator, Blue Seedeater, Tricolored Brush-finch, White-winged Brush-Finch, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Russet-backed Oropendola.

TOP 8 HIGHLIGHT BUTTERFLIES

Epimenes Banner
Tiger Longwing
Waiter Daggerwing
Cramer's Eighty-eight