Cabanas San Isidro Lodge – Ecuador


Cabanas San Isidro Lodge is located between two national parks in Cosanga, Ecuador. It is in the middle of Quijos Valley, in Napo province, and secluded in a forest, disconnected from civilization, offering a unique wildlife experience. The Bustamante family of Quito, Ecuador founded this reserve area over fifty years ago. Simón Bustamante felt a deep need to leave the land untouched despite the pressure coming from all sides to convert the unclaimed Ecuador forest into farmland. As a result, many animals, birds, and plant species have been saved. The reserve has numerous trails that guide visitors through various kinds of animal and bird habitats and will lead you through some of the best-preserved montane humid forests of the Andes mountains. This is an area critical to the wildlife living on this reserve. People who go birding casually and ornithologists alike are attracted to this lodge. The Lodge website has a checklist of 330 birds that can be found on this reserve as well as the nearby Guacamayos Trail. Many of these birds can more easily be found here than anywhere else in Ecuador and many rare birds even make their appearance frequently for visitors. This setup is truly a dream for anyone who goes birding, whether casually or seriously! Not far from the cabins is a well-known mating lek for the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Among other birds that can be seen here include the Masked Trogon, Inca Jay, White-bellied Antpitta, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, and the Buff-winged Starfrontlet. Owen visited the Cabanas San Isidro Lodge in September 2012.

Birds found here