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At San Isidro we operate our cooking classes more like an open invitation to our guests to accompany us in the kitchen to help prepare one of the lodge lunches or dinners. Depending on your interest level, be hands-on, or simply observe… your choice! This has become an increasingly popular activity at the lodge as it not only teaches our guests about the local products and how to prepare them, but also makes it possible to interact with folks from the surrounding communities that work with us... 






At an additional cost you can enjoy an eight-course meal and sample the flavors of Ecuador’s mountains and Amazon. If you and your travel companions are interested in this unique option, please let us know.
One of the ways to immerse yourself into a new culture is by trying the local flavors. Our tasting menu will take you through the history and traditions of our Andean and Amazonian cultures. Although the menu varies according to the products of the season, it always includes creative dishes with local, exotic tastes that will indulge your palate. We serve 8-9 small dishes that combine soups, main courses, a sorbet and deserts. Here are some examples of what you will experience:

- Guayusa leaf cocktail
- Cream of chonta palm fruit, served with crunchy chonta slices.
- Sumaco oyster mushrooms, with morete sauce and organic kale
- Naranjilla sorbet
- Crispy chontacuro with malanga tuber, wild cilantro pesto, caramelized sacha inchi and cloud forest fiddlehead ferns.

- Ñachis (local fish) with mashed Amazonian potatoes, wild sunfo (mint) and chayotes.

- Exotic Amazonian "paiche" fish marinated in wild herbs, wrapped in crispy yuca strips with turmeric and wild garlic sauce, and gualea beans maito.

- Borojo fruit ice cream
- Arasá fruit mousse
- Heart of palm and Amazonian vanilla tartlet
- Roasted barley flour and paparagua (Amazonian nut) truffle, covered in Ecuadorian dark chocolate

- Caramelized white cacao nut

We will recommend the best wine pairing to enhance your meal.

Please make sure to book ahead of time, do not miss this experience!


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  1. Comfortable independent rooms with private bathrooms and hot showers.
  2. Private porches in 10 of our rooms with a private hummingbird feeder.
  3. Coffee makers in every room.
  4. Sitting area in every room.
  5. Delicious original and exotic food, with plenty of choices (buffet when more than 5 guests).
  6. Bar service: we offer a small selection mixed drinks as well as wine, beer and local aguardiente.
  7. Guinea pig tasting opportunity!
  8. Various common areas, you will always find privacy.
  9. Pool table, TV room (cable TV and DVD), book exchange, darts, hammocks.
  10. Laundry service.
  11. Water filters.
  12. Transportation and airport transfers (for an extra charge).
  13. Guiding services: a naturalist Spanish-speaking guide is available at no extra charge. A bilingual or bird expert guide needs to be pre-booked and will have an extra charge.



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We offer ten private and comfortable double rooms that are widely spaced about on the sprawling gardens. All allow immediate access to the outdoors right from the open-air, front porches of each.

Cabañas San Isidro’s lodge and lush cloudforest reserve can be reached by paved road from Quito’s new international airport in only about 2 hours, so getting here has gotten easy. San Isidro lies right between two large national parks, so ‘gettinglost’ is part of the fun, and discovery is a daily event. Amazing cuisine, cooking clases, primary forest trails, mammal watching, birding, and archaeology are some of the activities waiting for you here! 

Weliketothink of thelodgeitself as comfortable, privatecabins in theforestwhereorchidsdanglefromthetrees, nightmonkeysfrolicoverhead in theevenings, and theoccasional tapir stompsbytoforageonthegardenfoliage, whileagoutisscurryabout. What’sanagouti? Well, you’llfindoutwhenyougethere.


Withtheforest, and hummingbirdfeeders at yourdoorstep, thereisspaceto spread out, unwind, and soak in theoutdoors. Hot-watershowers are always a must, and eachroomisequippedwithitsowncoffee/tea makerforthatfirsteye-opener. Since San Isidro has undergone a slowevolutionfordecades, a one-rooflodgenevermaterialized, which in hindsight, onlyaddstothebeauty and privacyweoffer.

While the weather at Cabañas San Isidro is often mild and spring-like, keep in mind that it is more than a mile high and in the heart of the humid Ecuadorian forest. Rainy, cold days and nights, as well as warm sunny days at Cabañas San Isidro are equally common. So, one needs to come prepared to make the best of the experience.

In general, the weather at San Isidro Lodge is a lot less predictable than in many other areas in Ecuador. The weather has relatively wet periods during the 'dry' season (September-January), as well as dry periods during the 'wet' season (February-August).

The currency in Ecuador is the US dollar (so no need to worry about changing cash if coming from the US). As a general hint for traveling in Ecuador, it is better to bring bill denominations no larger than $20 since larger bills are often not accepted.


One of our real strong points! at San Isidro, the cuisine is original, vanguard and always evolving; in current cooking terms, we like to best classify it as what has become popularly known as “slow food”. We produce our own organic vegetables, chickens and even guinea pigs, as well as give priority to local providers, creating an incentive for them to plant and rescue traditional products that might have otherwise gone long forgotten. This all paves the way for more environmentally friendly and agriculturally sustainable practices that promote the diversity and cultural awareness of organic products.

All of the menus we serve rotate naturally based on the products of the season and are served buffet-style so that you can choose the options you want. The majority of the recipes we serve are created at San Isidro, using modern culinary techniques, while still trying to maintain a level of harmony with the flavors and textures of our typical Andean and Amazonian products. On one night during your stay, plan on sampling the locally popular meat “cuy” (guinea pig), served as an optional small kabob with a guava chutney sauce just before dinner.


Have a look at two of the many of our exclusive buffet menus that you might try:


Example #1:

• Hot guayusa toddy (with local cane rum should you prefer).
• Ají de carne (typical Ecuadorian soup with banana and hard boiled egg slices).
• Cooked chicken “au vide”, sealed and cooking until crunchy, then stuffed with figs and ricota cheese, topped with a phenyl sauce.
• Quinua, cheese, and Rosemary herb sufflé, with a caramel base.
• Organic arugula and tree tomato salad with a sweet syrup dressing.
• Yellow rice cooked in beer and cilantro.
• Passion fruit (maracuyá) perfumed lentils.
• Black pepper ice cream with babaco fruit, highlighted with a sweet basil sauce.

Example #2:

• Hot cinnamon toddy (with local cane rum should you prefer).
• Local Sumaco oyster mushroom soap with crunchy chonta palm fruit chunks.
• Ginger seasoned trout or tilapia Maito (steamed in a banana leaf) with tilo fruit (elderberry) sauce.
• Corn-cake filled with cheese rolled in a cabbage leaf (longuitos) with a peanut sauce.
• Organic lettuce, palm heart, and alcaparra (pickled agave flower bud) salad.
• Barley and fava bean risotto, flavored with paico (local herb).
• Amazonian potato (or yuca) fritters, topped with a spearmint pesto sauce.
• Baked orito (small sweet banana) rolled in a light pastry dough, topped with a sweet naranjilla sauce.


You will find various combinations of the following dishes on our three hot-plate breakfast buffet:
• Hominy tamales
• Arepas (Venezualan corn buns)
• Ecuadorian green plantain dumplings, filled with cheese
• Lightly fried, sliced bananas
• Sopes (thick Mexican-stylecorn tortilla)
• Quimbolitos (sweet, fluffy corn tamal), filled with mango and mint, slathered with anise syrup
• Humitas (corn tamal), with homemade hot sauce
• Llapingachos (mashed potato cakes), with peanut sauce
• Mashed white carrot (or yuca) fritters, with parsley (or cilantro) pesto sauce


- Comfortable independent rooms with private bathrooms and hot showers.

- Private porches in 10 of our rooms with a private hummingbird feeder.

- Coffee makers in every room.

- Sitting area in every room.

- Delicious original and exotic food.

- Bar service.

- Guinea Pig tasting opportunity!

- Various common areas.

- Pool table, TV room, book exchange, darts, hammocks.

- Laundry service.

- Water filters.
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