Cabañas San Isidro is nestled in the valley of river Quijos, one of the westernmost headwaters of the Amazon, just two hours’ drive from Quito’s airport. The lodge sits at an elevation of 2,050m above sea level in a hilly zone still mostly blanketed in humid cloud forest.
The property was founded as a cattle farm around 50 years ago, when uncharted lands were being converted into farms. The original owner family still manage the property which is now a lodge dedicated to conservation and preservation of the montane forest environment which welcomes visitors.
Wildlife is prolific in the vicinity: you may spot mammals such as tapirs, monkeys, ant-eaters and even spectacled bears, but bird watching is the main attraction here, with 20 walking trails created by the local community. There are also plenty of other facilities and activities at the lodge including a new outdoor pool, board games, cooking lessons and painting for children. Adults may delight in the orchid garden and appreciate the innovative ‘low food’ cuisine served in the restaurant. There's even a gourmet tasting menu.
Basic guest rooms, with private facilities and hot water, are located in simple wooden cabins sprinkled throughout the garden, most of which have private porches and large windows overlooking the tightly forested, crinkly hills beyond.