VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN ECUADOR
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 Reserve.
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.
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.