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Cabanas San Isidro

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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.

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Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    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.

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    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.

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