Cabanas San Isidro
Cabañas San Isidro is a small family-friendly lodge enveloped in cloud forest in the Andes of Ecuador, with opportunities for wild-life spotting.
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.
What our clients say
It was all brilliant, we expected the Galapagos to be the highlight, but all the other trips were as good in different ways. All the Ecuadorians encountered at hotels, restaurants, shops, etc could not do enough to help, and they did it with a smile.AH, Eastleigh
From the moment we were picked up, (on time) from our hotel in Quito, to the moment we were left at the departure lounge in the airport in Baltra, the organisation and punctuality of everything was impeccable. As residents in South America this was a very pleasant surprise!TP, Lima
Most memorable experiences: Snorkelling with huge sea turtles and iguanas whilst they were feeding with sea lions, penguins and flightless cormorants also coming to join in the party.LA, London
Most memorable experiences: Galapagos snorkeling at Devils Crown and the inland lagoon; walk on Fernandina; mountain bikes and trek at Cotopaxi.JG, Sevenoaks
Ecuador Highlights: Seeing hummingbirds & humpback whales, summiting the Pasochoa peak with Kristian, Quilotoa Volcano Lake, Quito cable car ride, the Las Cajas Park walks with Wilson.PJR
From the moment we were picked up, on time, from our hotel in Quito, to the moment we were left at the departure lounge in the airport in Baltra, the organisation and punctuality of everything was impeccable. As residents in South America this was a very pleasant surprise!TP, Lima
Our expert's view
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
What a delight to wake up in the morning and sit out on the porch, listening out for and spotting all the wildlife and birds in the gardens. I liked that the cabins are spread out throughout the grounds, allowing for privacy and the chance to really relax and enjoy the natural setting.
Your edit for Latin American inspiration
Our exciting range of articles on Latin America explore everything from iconic destinations and lesser-known cultural gems to delicious traditional recipes. You’ll also find exclusive travel tips, first-hand client reviews and the chance to get your personal questions answered by our travel experts.View Extraordinary Inspiration
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert
Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
Sally Dodge - Travel Expert
A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.