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“Terrific birding, delicious food” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cabanas San Isidro
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Cleveland, Ohio
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48 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Terrific birding, delicious food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

Nice double cabins with a delightfully lighted path to the dining room. Like most such places, the rooms are unavoidably musty, but after a day of hiking and birding, sleep is easy. The food is wonderful, full of interesting local ingredients deliciously prepared. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The perfect area for birders of all skill levels, with a wide variety of birds in a very small radius. Very eco-conscious. Bring a flashlight for getting around in the dark (12 hours a day).

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

San Isidro is always wonderful with very comfortable cabins, incredible Ecuadorean cuisine ( my favorite was the suspiros with candied tree tomato), friendly and helpful staff, excellent birding, good trails, and a great area for viewing and photographing hummingbirds..nice also for relaxing> Having internet available was a real plus( for me quite important, as my mother is 97 and i need to keep in touch with my family).Alejandro, the manager was fabulous. When i left, i forgot my I phone, and he made sure It arrived at the next lodge within two days!!!This was my second time at San Isidro, and I could return every year.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2012

I loved the people and place, several folks were staying for weeks at San Isidro- great trails, good location for parks, good food. The birding was wonderful. We also spent a night at Guango- which is nice, really good birding but unheated and cold and thus, for me with a mold allergy, not so good. It is impossible to avoid mold in wet rainforest at altitude without heat. But also nice people, for me it would be a better day trip but the rest of the party was fine. However, San Isidro was grand and one hour away.

Room Tip: All the rooms are fine. At Guango the least mold is in room five, but just stay away if you are alle...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sebastopol, ca
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400 reviews
128 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 322 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

Ok. Perhaps my stomach did have a little say in my generous rating of this beautiful spot, but I can't help myself. I couldn't wait for each next meal! Delicious from soup all the way through to dessert (and the best coffee of the trip as well.) I took a few photos of the meals, but they don't really do them justice. Also appreciated all of the vegetable sides they did with each meal... I'm not a vegetarian, but easily could have gotten by on the delicious veggie dishes like quinoa with kale. mmmmm.

We loved our little room. It had a beautiful view of the mountains in the distance. Comfy beds. Warm enough at night with the big wool blankets. Rustic but nice considering that you are in the middle of the forest. The lounge was really lovely. Just a beautiful place to hang out either inside, along the little terrace, or on the rooftop area.

One just feels that they are far, far away when staying there... yet a couple of the meals were better than food I had at the London Maze Restaurant last September! They also make an effort in little ways.... such as having fresh flowers both in the lounge and the dining hall.

Lastly, the staff were so very friendly and accommodating. The servers in the dining hall were always friendly and ready to get anything we needed. The manager (??) whose name, I think, was Alfredo, acted as if the dining room was his own home-- welcoming us as we came in... checking to see if we needed wine and such. Just a really friendly and welcoming guy.

We absolutely loved our stay at San Isidro.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Peterborough
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2012

I found this Lodge extremely welcoming and friendy. The bedrooms were clean and cosy and the meals were good and wholesome. The Lodge is quite close to the main road, but I didn`t find this a problem with any noise and I`m a light sleeper! The Lodge is situated at a high altitude (2700m) and thus it can be quite cold, especially during damp weather, so be prepared with extra warm clothing, but don`t let this put you off staying here as it is really a first class birding lodge. At night we were offered hot water bottles and the beds did have plenty of extra warm blankets. We stopped for two nights, but I would have loved to stay longer.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

San Isidro - Excellent food, quiet - in the Andean cloud forests with nature reserves close by - a great place for natural history or just to get away from it all. Rooms are spacious - with your own bathrooms. Staff are friendly and attentive.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms with a large balcony. I could not edit the fitness center/swimming pool - there is...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Montrose, Colorado
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

We stayed several nights at Cabanas San Isidro specifically for birding, and were not disappointed. The lodging was very comfortable with great views. One review has the restaraunt area as a "bit scruffy", but I never felt it was the least bit unclean. There are numerous on-site trails with excellent birding, plus it is a nice central location for excursions.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank westerncolorado
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Additional Information about Cabanas San Isidro

Property: Cabanas San Isidro
Address: Via Cosanga | Caucheras, Km 3, Cosanga 150751, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Napo Province > Cosanga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Cosanga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabanas San Isidro, a large reserve with some of the best access to primary mid elevation cloud forest in Ecuador, is renowned for its world class birding, exotic cuisine and outstanding conservation ethic. Our extensive trail system will lead you through gorgeous forest to a Cock-of-the-Rock lek, waterfalls, rivers and even archaeological sites. Fun activities for kids! ... more   less 
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