My husband and I stayed at both places in April 2013 and were delighted with our experience. Carmen organised a great birding guide, Andres Trujillo, who met us at Quito airport with driver Mauricio. We stayed overnight at Guango, a comfortable lodge with great views from an upstairs lounge. Rain hampered our walks to some extent but Andres was determined to show us the best birds. We are not expert birdos, but saw 43 species there, including a family of torrent ducks, Andean potoo, mountain toucan, 2 chat-tyrants, many tanagers and hummingbirds
Next day we drove to San Isidro to stay in a good cabin for 3 nights, enjoying the excellent food. Alejandro was a good host. Andres again showed us many birds, 72 species - highland motmot, crested and golden-headed quetzals, 4 woodpeckers, many tyrranulets, tanagers, hummingbirds and the famous San Isisdro owl.
On our last day, we were driven to Coca for our trip to Napo, Andres ensuring that we waited at the right jetty and pointing out the various water birds there.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cabanas San Isidro And Guango Hotel Quito