Mashpi Ecuador Lodge
A Luxury Cocoon in the Clouds
The Lodge, built with the latest techniques in sustainable building and employing hydroelectric power in the near future, is designed to blend beautifully with its surroundings. It features contemporary, minimalist decor, mixing warm earth tones, notes of bright colour, clean lines and striking angles and vistas: a luxury cocoon amid the cloudforest with the natural world just beyond, ideal for contemplation and relaxation.
Mashpi Lodge is intimate, accommodating a maximum of 44 guests in 22 understated yet luxurious rooms, including 3 "Yaku" suites and 19 "Wayra" rooms.
Outside Terrace: At the lodge’s northwestern corner, a beautiful outside terrace with a pergola roof extends, with tables and seating, with another more intimate terrace with lounge chair-seating nearby – a wonderful location for a morning yoga session. Nooks with picture windows and lounge chairs also invite nature into the Lodge at every opportunity.
First Floor: On the first floor, the Reading and Learning Area, with an extensive collection of books on the country, is used by guides and the resident biologist for talks and presentations, deepening knowledge about the forest and its denizens. Close-by, the small boutique sells a range of books, guides, clothing and crafts, as well as essentials for guests, and there’s a computer with internet access. WiFi is availablethroughout the lodge.
Wellness Space: The Wellness Space features a Jacuzzi framed by eye-catching carved wooden panels, opento the breezes and sounds of the forest, perfect for relaxing after hikes, while specialized massages and treatments using natural local ingredients such as earth, stones, herbs and leaves from the Reserve are given in an adjoining room, leaving guests refreshed and revived.
Rooms & Suites
Mashpi lodge is designed to completely immerse you in the cloudforest, while keeping its creatures safely at bay – a luxury cocoon amid the clouds and tumbling mountains. The rooms, arranged over three floors, all face north, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, some on two sides, with the forest just a few meters away.
You wake up to a captivating view awash with greens and browns, with trunks, branches, vines, leaves, birds and clouds all around. It's a bit like being in a capsule, observing life beyond from the comfort of your bed. Open the window, and the sounds of bird and frog calls wash over you. The rooms' lighting is subdued, hidden LED lights running along the handsome wooden bedheads providing a magical touch.
Yaku Suites: The lodge’s three Yaku suites extend over an expansive 37 square metres (400 sq ft). They are located on the first floor, at the lodge’s northwestern end. Each features a large bathroom with twin washbasins and a Philippe Starck-designed bathtub-with-a-view. All of them have king-size beds, stylish easy-chairs and coffee tables, designer rugs, desks and lamps.
Wayra Rooms: The 19 Wayra rooms all cover a generous 34 sq m (366 sq ft). Fifteen Wayras have two full-size beds, three rooms located at the end of the northwestern wing (next to the outside terraces) and the rest along the southeastern wing.
Be a Good Guest
The lodge's water comes from the crystalline local rivers, filtering it and treating it before it returns to the forest. The water treatment plant works biologically, using bacteria. For this reason, the lodge supplies bio-degradable soaps, shampoos and conditioners for guests to use, which don't affect the water treatment system. We kindly ask you to use these amenities while staying with us. Due to the nature of the water system, we ask you to only flush toilet paper.
Mashpi strives to minimize its impact on the environment. Therefore, we request you to:
- turn off all lights when leaving your room
- keep used batteries to recycle in your home country
- bring your own water bottle to refill with the lodge's filtered water, or use the lodge's supplied refillable water bottles.
Fine Dining in the Forest
The Lodge's towering, two-story Dining Room offers a dramatic setting for a lively gourmet experience. Here, Mashpi's chefs draw from the diversity of Ecuadorian cuisine and ingredients, making the most of its location between the coast and the Andes: the best of both worlds.
Exploring the Reserve
The wonders waiting at Mashpi Lodge will delight the worldliest nature lover. Perched at 900 m (3,116 feet) above sea level and surrounded by lower montane rainforest and cloudforest, the Lodge is surrounded by a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species, many newly-discovered. A staggering 500 species of bird – including some 36 endemics - are estimated to inhabit the forest, fluttering through the canopy. Monkeys, peccaries and even puma make their homes inside the Reserve crisscrossed with waterfalls between dramatic, verdant hills.
Mashpi is an exciting place for photography and botany (particularly orchids) in general. Special interests can be accommodated upon request:
- Canopy Gondola Adventure
- Nature Trails
- Life Centre
- Night walks
- Observation Tower
- Sky Bike
- Hummingbird Viewpoint
- Refreshing waterfalls
Itinerary "A" - 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
Depart from Quito: The departure point in Quito is the Hotel JW Marriott. Departure is at 7.30am. Guests staying at other hotels in the city will be picked up by Mashpi Lodge’s own transport beforehand and driven to the JW Marriott.
Mashpi Exploration: For those who want to enjoy the beauty and magic of dawn in the forest – which is when most birds are active and calling, as well as when views are often most spectacular – early morning activities are organised before breakfast.
Following breakfast, we head out from the lodge to explore, returning for lunch and a rest, before enjoying an afternoon amid Nature, then dinner, night walks and sleep.
The Last Day: On the last day, there’s an early breakfast, followed by a morning activity. Guests return to the lodge and check out. An early lunch is served before departure at 1.30pm. We then drive back eastwards, winding our way up the Andes towards the capital, arriving at Quito hotels between 4 and 5 pm (depending on traffic, location and number of passengers).
|Accomodations||3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS|
|Rates per person in US Dollarsstarting at: Double occupancy|
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