Northern Ecuador: situated near Cosanga (2 hours from Quito) on the eastern Andean slope at between 1850 and 2400m asl, this is a famous location to track down an as yet undescribed species: San Isidro Owl. It´s also an excellent first base from which to begin your cloud forest adventure in Ecuador.
This eco-tourism complex, run by a US/ Ecuadorian couple, is totally focused on bird tourism, so much so you’ll feel right at home as there are many small details that make birdwatching easier, like masses of sugar feeders and bird tables and a covered area where you can bird in the rain. There are 2 species of tame Antpitta in the gardens, and a good network of trails. There is a bar/ restaurant with good views over the valley and mealtimes that are compatible with the best hours for birdwatching.
The price may seem high but with such good attention to detail, food and service, 232 US$ per couple full board seems worth it. Included in this price is a walk to see White-bellied and Chestnut-crowned Antpittas.
Rooms are distributed in various small cabins, fully-equipped and with large windows where you can birdwatch without leaving your room. All cabins have a porch with a sugar feeder for humminbirds in front, so you can watch them in comfort when it is raining.
The owner is a birder and guide but other guides are also available. They offer guided trips of various days.
Getting to the lodge can be complicated, above all if you are coming by public transport. It is better to stay in the Cosanga area so the lodge team can come and find you. They offer a pick-up service at more distant points, including in Quito, but these are not included in the tarif.
There is WiFi access in the dining area.
Office in Quito:
Av. Siena 318
Calle A Edificio MDX, oficina 310
Sector la Primavera – Cumbaya – Quito – Ecuador
Phone: 593-2-2891880 & 593-2-2891883