Cabanas and Guango are actually two separate properties that are owned and operated by the Busamante sisters (Carmen for San Isidro and Irene for Guango). They are both located on the eastern slope of the Andes but at different elevations. Guango at around 9600 feet and San Isidro at about 7000. Hence you get different bird communities at each place.
I will start with Guango. There is one main building that houses all of the rooms as well as the dining room and common areas. The rooms are fairly small, but very comfortable. The beds are doubles and are very comfortable. Hot water is abundant and available at all times. The staff is very good and very helpful. There are several miles of trails on the property and the birding is excellent. It is best that you arrange for a guide so that you get the most out of the birding. Hummingbird feeders are placed about the main building and you can often see 4 to 6 species of hummingbirds are one time. The food is very nicely prepared and of high quality.
San Isidro has a separate dining room (hardly a shack as one reviewer stated), along with a very nice lounge are located about a 5 minute walk for the dining area. The lounge is comfortable with a large deck at ground level for bird watching etc. as well as an open "patio" on the roof with a 360 degree view of the surrounding forest etc. Beer and wine are available in the lounge on the honor system. For entertainment there is a dart board, regulation size pool table and a large flat screen TV in a separate alcove. The rooms are spacious and nicely appointed. We had two double beds as well as a sitting area. The bathroom is large and hot water is available at all times. A roofed private porch was attached to the room and overlooked the forest.
Meals were a treat. Always of good quality and often of very interesting design. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We did meet Carmen and she is a delightful host.
- 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