Mashpi Lodge – A New Way to Feel Nature!
In the middle of a private 3,200 acre (1,300 hectare) reserve in the Ecuadorian Choco rainforest lies Mashpi Lodge, a shining example of an eco-luxury lodge that has been recognized both in Ecuador and South America for its eco-initiatives ever since it opened in April 2012.
The Choco rainforest is one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots, a place full of secrets that researchers are just beginning to uncover. So far at Mashpi Reserve, there have been somewhere close to 300 species of moths and butterflies, 110 species of amphibians and reptiles, and an astonishing number of orchids and bromeliads that have been identified, including one completely new species of the latter.
So if you’ve never considered visiting Quito, now is the time! Immerse yourself in the vastness of the forest, walk amid mosses, bromeliads, orchids and other piphytes. Head up high and ride through the tree tops on Mashpi’s unique “Sky Bike” or aboard its latest innovation – The Dragonfly, a 2-kilometer long cable car system that offers a birds-eye view of the lush forest.
Mashpi is also a paradise for bird lovers: approximately 400 species of birds have been identified (to date) within the Reserve. 35 of them are endemic to the area and 32 are different species of hummingbirds. Mashpi also has a Life Center which began as a place for learning and discovery. At the Life Center, explorers now come to learn about the numerous species of butterflies found in the region and have the opportunity to see the whole process of metamorphosis from eggs to beautiful butterflies.
Mashpi Lodge is a proud member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World – a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with that have demonstrated a commitment towards sustainability, authenticity and excellence.