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La Jimenita Birding & Wildlife Reserve

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La Jimenita Birding & Wildlife Reserve

A family atmosphere, in which history and warmth is breath, is the hallmark of the Hacienda La Jimenita, located in the town of Pifo, just 15 minutes from the new airport of Quito. Surrounded by forests of eucalyptus and fruit trees, the historic building from the 1900’s is set on a territory that still retains traces of the earliest settlements in what is now Ecuador.

The location has a great advantage for short and long stays, including easy pick up transfers, close to 11 birding sites avoiding traffic and city noise, award winning accommodations and exceptional service, a restaurant on site that offers delicious and healthy meals and a Beautiful landscapes. 

"Diego Cruz, the owner of Ecuador Birds Tours took us on a day trip to the Papallacta Hot Springs and Papallacta River Trail. His English is excellent and knowledge of the area is exceptional. While we were driving to the mountains he stopped the car and pointed out a pair of Spectacled Bears feeding on a distant hillside. He provided binoculars to see them and took pictures for us to save the moment. When we arrived at the Hot Springs and hiking trail, Diego arranged all of our activity with the activity desk so that we could hike the trail, have lunch in the restaurant (which was very good), and soak in the hot spring fed pools. All made for a wonderful day". Chuck, USA

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Guided by the owners of the property, or following the signs of the trails, visitors can tour the farm and admire the views of the volcanoes. The trails also lead to one of the treasures of the farm: an underground tunnel that would date from the Inca period around 1400’s and descending 115 steps. In the trails we can see up to 102 species of birds and hummingbirds, including Blue and Gray Tanager, Golden Eufonia, Blacktailed trainbearer, Tropical Mockingbird, Pearled Treerunner, Giant Hummingbird and much more.


Hacienda La Jimenita is located only 15 minutes away from the International Airport of Quito. All year round the temperature ranges from 10 Celsius to 22 Celsius with sunny and rainy days. The hacienda is surrounded by eucalyptus forests, native plants and a beautiful gorge with a river and city view.


All our rooms are named after a volcanos of the Ecuadorian Highlands and all have different decorations. All the paintings of landscapes, saints, religious figures are painted by the family as well. Our decoration plays off rich carpets, family paintings, flowing curtains and furniture with views to the gardens and mountains of the area. All the rooms have rustic furniture, non-smoking, orthopaedic and modern mattresses, pillow protectors, cotton sheets of 300 thread count, with cotton lining, selected carpets, modern bathrooms with vertical hydro jets shower (not a Jacuzzi or bath tub), wireless internet, hair dryer and upon request a personalized wake up nock for early departures.



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Ecuador Address: Barrio Andrango, Pifo – Ecuador
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