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Just two and a half hours west of Quito in the biodiverse hot spot of Tumbez-Choco-Magdalena, the new Mashpi Lodge is the ideal staging post for anyone wanting to explore the Andean Cloudforest.
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The 22 rooms and suites are contemporary and sophisticated in design and the floor to ceiling windows are perfect for watching the hundreds of species of birds, monkeys and plants which inhabit the reserve.
Mashpi is deeply committed to the sustainability of the surroundings and the lodge has been built to blend into the forest with the staff recruited from the local community. Guests of the lodge can enjoy day and night-time guided nature walks along the many trails, as well as visiting the natural orchid garden, lagoons and waterfalls. There is also an Aerial Tram, which allows guests to get up close and personal to the most active part of the forest - the canopy.
Ecuadorian Cuisine is served alongside a good selection of Chilean and Argentinean wines in restaurant, and other facilities include a small massage room and a panoramic Jacuzzi.
Why we love it
Mashpi walks the responsible tourism walk as well as talking the talk - the air conditioning is even powered by ecological gas.