Amazing hotels: cloud forest retreat at Mashpi Lodge Ecuador

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Duration (in days): 3

From: Quito

To: Quito

From

£990

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Escape into Ecuador's cloud forest with this 3 day/2 night stay at Mashpi Lodge, a stunning luxury eco-lodge right in the middle of the Ecuadorian Chocó rainforest. Located just three hours’ drive from Quito, it's one of the planet’s greatest biodiversity hotspots. Mashpi Lodge is the perfect hideaway to immerse yourself in nature and discover the wonders of the cloud forest.

The sophisticated and contemporary lodge is set amidst a 1,300-hectare nature reserve which harbours both cloud forest and rainforest. It has been thoughtfully designed to be the perfect base to explore the natural richness of the surroundings. 

Mashpi Lodge Ecuador is a striking blend of luxury accommodation and high-class service with a comprehensive range of jungle experiences that are included in the cost of your stay. From a visit to the Life Centre with its butterflies and plants to climbing the eight-storey observation tower, the lodge offers experiences that cater for all ages and tastes. Even from the comfort of your accommodation, you will feel part of nature, thanks to the tall glass panels on the outside of every guest room that give the sensation of being amongst the forest.
 

Highlights 

  • Stay in luxurious accommodation with full board and activities at Mashpi Lodge
  • Take expertly guided tours in one of the world’s most biodiverse habitats
  • Learn about Mashpi Lodge’s continuous efforts to understand and preserve its environment
Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Mashpi Lodge

You will be picked up from your hotel in Quito by representatives of Mashpi Lodge and driven to your accommodation in the Ecuador cloud forest. The journey time will be around 3 hours.

After settling in, you’ll be met by one of the lodge’s naturalist guides who will give you an introductory talk about the cloud forest and its conservation, and they will talk to you about the activities you can choose from during your stay here. This afternoon you can take part in your first activity.


Day 2: Mashpi Lodge and the Cloud Forest

Today you can choose from a range of activities including:

  • Birding: Sunrise bird-watching sessions from the lodge’s rooftop terrace
  • Expert-led nature walks
  • Wildlife spotting from an 85-foot observation tower offering majestic views of the forest
  • Swimming in the many rivers, waterfalls and natural pools of the Ecuadorian nature reserve
  • Night walks
  • Sky bike: a truly unique experience where you can cycle your way through the forest’s canopy, great fun for families!

Back in the lodge, you'll be served delicious meals at the Mashpi Lodge restaurant, where you can enjoy jungle views from the two-storey high glass windows.


Day 3: Depart Mashpi Lodge

After breakfast and check-out Mashpi Lodge will accompany you back to Quito.

Info

The dry season runs from June to October and this is generally a good time to visit the rainforest. However, rain is to be expected at all times during the year, even the dry season. Short and sharp showers generally happen in the afternoons. If travelling between February and April rain is to be expected on most days.

*Private transfers and private guided excursions at the lodge are available – supplement available on request.

*3 night programs are also available.

What's included: 

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals and soft drinks
  • Transfers from main hotels in Quito
  • Excursions on a shared basis with an English speaking guide
  • Specialised lectures by qualified naturalists
  • Waterproof ponchos and rubber boots

Not included: 

  • Flights
  • Any service or meal not mentioned
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Dragonfly activity at a supplement
Accommodation

3 nights in the Mashpi Lodge


Mashpi Lodge - Ecuador

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