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Accommodation Type: Ecuador Forest Lodge

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The Casa Simpson, Loja, Ecuador

  • Yangana (Ecuador)
  • Hot Water & Electricity
  • Bar & Shop
  • Extensive Trail Networks
  • Tapichalaca Reserve
  • Open Restaurant
  • Birding Opportunities
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The Casa Simpson

The Casa Simpson lodge is located at 2500 m elevation and is positioned at a fantastic lookout point facing Cerro Tapichalaca in the eastern Andean slope. The extensive trail network winds through Andean forests. On these networks you have a chance of seeing many rare and attractive bird species and orchids. The Casa Simpson itself is built from locally sourced materials with seven rooms, which come complete with private bathrooms. The lodge also contains a spacious restaurant and rest area and can accommodate fifteen people comfortably. Researchers also use the lodge to study the flora and fauna of the reserve from the separate research cabin. We are proud to offer the only lodge in the world where you can see the exclusive Jocotoco Antpitta.


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Casa Simpson

Casa Simpson Tours

We provide independent services, which includes lodging, food, and reserve entrance services. However, we also offer Tailored Tours and Custom Designed Tours (Please Enquire for these options).

The Lodge Rooms

The Casa Simpson contains five comfortable rooms in the main building and a separate cabin with two double rooms. Each room contains a private bathroom.

Facilities & Electricity

We have wireless Internet connection, hot water and electricity (110 volts); restaurant, shop bar and chimney, laundry service using biodegradable products; also an extensive trail network.

Food

Food at the Casa Simpson is prepared with the utmost care and attention to the highest sanitary standards. We can accommodate special diets if you send us your requirements 30 days before your visit.

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Getting to the Casa Simpson

From Loja, take the road towards Vilcabamba and Zumba for 75 km. Casa Simpson is located between Yangana and Valladolid settlements. Approximately two hours beyond Yangana, and after traversing a sector of Podocarpus National Park, you will arrive to a site known as Cruz del Soldado; a 100 meters further you will see an entrance on your left. Road signs of Jocotoco Foundation will guide you from Cruz del Soldado to Casa Simpson, at Tapichalaca Reserve.

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Wildlife at the Casa Simpson

At the Casa Simpson, you can see a range of wildlife, including birds like the:

  • Jocotoco Antpitta
  • Andean Potoo
  • Andean Potoo
  • Bearded Guan
  • White-faced Nunbird
  • Golden-plumed Parakeet
  • Crimson-bellied Woodpecker
  • White-necked Parakeet
  • Masked Mountain-tanager
  • Dusky Piha
  • Masked Saltator
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Casa Sinpson Activities

Casa Simpson is located inside Tapichalaca Reserve at 2,500 m elevation. We have a variety of trails that get into Andean forests. Our trails are:

Jocotoco Trail
Length: 2 hours. Distance: 2 km. Altitude: 2,400 m. Difficulty level: moderate.
This well-marked trail has cobbled ground, safety handrails and a hid for bird and wildlife watching. It offers the main attraction of this protected area: a feeding station for Jocotoco Antpittas that allow staggering observations. This trail is only accessible for Casa Simpson’s guests.

Quebrada Honda Trail
Length: 3 hours. Distance: 5.5 km. Altitude: 2,000-2,400 m. Difficulty level: high.
Trail has dirt ground. Flora and fauna characteristic of this area can be seen, as well as cattle ranching activities at nearby farms.

Tapir Trail
Length: 2 hours. Distance: 3 km. Altitude: 2,700 m. Difficulty level: moderate.
Flora and fauna characteristic of this area can be seen, including the superb Andean Woolly Tapir that has been seen along this trail. You can continue trekking down to a small river descending from the paramos upslope, but this will require extra effort.

Páramo Trail
Duration: 4 hours. Distance: 5 km. Altitude: 2,700-3,100 m. Difficulty level: high.
Flora and fauna characteristic of this area can be seen. This trail gets to the remains of an airplane that crashed decades ago. Besides, 4 km further you will reach two paramo lagoons, at 3,200 m elevation.

Las Pavas Trail
Duration: 4 hours. Distance: 4 km. Altitude: 2,700 m. Difficulty level: high.
Flora and fauna characteristic of this area can be seen.

Tangaras Trail
Duration: 1.5 hours. Distance: 1.5 km. Altitude: 2,600-2,750 m. Difficulty level: moderate.
Flora and fauna characteristic of this area can be seen.

Undulsted Ant Trail
Duration: 1.5 hours. Distance: 1.5 km. Altitude: 2,600-2,750 m. Difficulty level: moderate.
Flora and fauna characteristic of this area can be seen.

Piha Trail
Duration: 6 hours. Distance: 8 km. Altitude: 1,800-2,750 m. Difficulty level: high.
Flora and fauna characteristic of this area can be seen.

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Jocotoco Antpitta Trail and Feeding Station Policy

The Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi) is an Endangered species whose distribution is confined to a very limited area on southeastern Ecuador, where it was discovered as recently as 1997. Given the urgent need to protect the habitat of this magnificent bird, beginning in 1998 the Jocotoco Foundation began to acquire the land on which this species depends. Thus was created Tapichalaca Reserve.

For a number of years the species remained elusive and almost impossible to see without the aid of tape playback. In 2006 one of the reserve’s park rangers was trained in the technique of luring antpittas in for viewing by daily placing earthworms at a site where they could feed. The program was an almost immediate success, and since then every morning one to as many as several Jocotocos come to be fed, almost at your feet – they hardly ever miss a day.

The Jocotoco’s rarity, extremely limited range, and beauty have created a big and growing demand among birders to see this bird. The foundation wishes to enable as many people as possible to see the bird, while at the same time disturbing it as little as possible. One pair of antpittas is now extremely tame, and has repeatedly been able to raise offspring. We are concerned about excessive disturbance to this unique population of birds, and therefore have established the following regulations for visitors desiring to see one of the world’s more special birds.

Visits to Tapichalaca Reserve and Casa Simpson must be coordinated in advance with the office of Jocotours in Quito.

Visitors to the Jocotoco Antpitta Trail and the Jocotoco Feeding Station must be accompanied by our park ranger, who is the only person allowed to feed the birds.

Guests staying at Casa Simpson have the priority when planning visits to the Jocotoco Antpitta Trail and Feeding Station. We ask guests to coordinate with the office in Quito regarding the day the visit will take place. Typically guests will wish to plan a visit to the site the first morning after they have arrived. More than one visit is permitted for overnight guests. Groups should stay together, and should refrain from making excessive noise.

Day visitors not using Casa Simpson as their lodge will be allowed to visit Jocotoco Antpitta Trail and Feeding Station ONLY when guests staying at Casa Simpson will not be visiting the site that day, and after having made previous coordination with the office of Jocotours in Quito. This is imperative and non-negotiable given the need to avoid disturbing the birds with oversized groups. Such day visitors should assemble at Casa Simpson no later than 7AM on the day of their visit.

It is forbidden the use of playback to call individuals of the Jocotoco Antpitta anywhere on Tapichalaca Reserve. Playback directed at other species is permitted, but we request that it be used judiciously.

Prices and Reserve Fees

The normal daily entry fee to Tapichalaca Reserve is $15/person. Day visitors intending to visit the Jocotoco Antpitta Trail and Feeding Station will have an entry fee of $30/person, which includes the company of a forest ranger to feed the birds and access to all the other areas in the reserve.

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Casa Simpson Rates

Rates Per Night:

  • US$ 146 (Single)
  • US$ 256 (Double)
  • US$ 360 (Triple)

Price Includes

Prices per room and include:
Night Lodging, Three Meals, Taxes, Services, & Entrance to the reserves.

Price Does Not Include Guiding Service

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