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Cabañas San Isidro - All-inclusive Resort Lodge Cosanga - Ecuador

Come for the birds, then stay for the food. World-renowned as a major stop on the Ecuador bird-watching circuit, Cabañas San Isidro is an exemplary model of how private reserves, scientific research and tourism can be sustainably used to preserve forest environments. Located a few kilometers outside of Cosanga on the Las Caucheras road, over 300 species of birds have been identified in the reserve's extensive network of trails and vast mature humid temperate forest. Excellent birding can be had next to the cabins (especially from 6-9 a.m.), and the most accessible Cock of the Rock lek in Ecuador is but a 20-minute walk from the cabins.

Several nearby birding hotspots enable birders to access higher and lower altitudes as day trips from the cabins. Renowned birding guide Mitch Lysinger can assist in planning birding trips to the area's hot spots. San Isidro's rustic farmhouse now serves as the dining room and kitchen where the non-avian magic takes place. Manager Carmen Bustamante also doubles as a chef who melds local ingredients into creative, eclectic international delicacies.


Quito office: Av. Siena 318 and Ca. A, Edificio MDX, office 310, La Primavera-Cumbayá

Cosanga, Ecuador

All-inclusive Resort Lodge

This Hotel is: Mid-Range

Currencies accepted
US dollar

Getting There:

Nestled in the picturesque Quijos Valley, one of the westernmost headwaters of the Amazon basin, San Isidro (of Napo, Ecuador and only 2.5 hours from Quito) lies at an elevation of about 2,000 meters (6,800 ft) above sea level in a zone still mostly blanketed by extensive humid forest. This combination of factors means agreeable temperatures, exciting birds, and a diversity of other wildlife, including large mammals.

Reaching San Isidro from Quito is easy, especially with much of the road now recently paved. From Quito one takes the Via Interoceanica east past the towns of Cumbayá, Tumbaco, and then Pifo of the central valley. From here the road starts to climb up toward the continental divide, or what is known as the Papallacta Pass, and then afterwards continues down slope again, passing through the small towns of Papallacta and Cuyuja.

Soon after passing through the only large police control stop just before Baeza, watch for the obvious right hand turn-off (just past the gas station) to the south to the towns of Baeza, Cosanga, and Tena. After passing through Baeza, continue for about 20 minutes, where there is a side road to the right just before the small town of Cosanga - there is a "San Isidro" sign here. Drive up this road for three kilometers (1.9 mi) until the large San Isidro sign which can't be missed on the left.

Room Prices:
Lower:$48 per person (double)
Higher:$68 per person (single)
Price Description:

Prices do not include taxes and service charges

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-289-1880/1883, Cel: 09-9358-1250/9924-6899
E-mail: info(at)

18 Feb 2013

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