- Pedal over the cloud forest by Sky Bike
- Take a refreshing dip in an Andean waterfall
- Observe nocturnal animals on a night walk
- Relax in the deluxe eco-lodge spa
- Spot birds found no where else on Earth
The western slopes of the Andes Mountains are one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Here you’ll find Mashpi Reserve, a 3,000-acre protected forest that a profusion of plant and animal species call home. In the center of the reserve lies Mashpi Lodge, the ideal locale from which to explore this special place.
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- TRIP LENGTH3 days
- PRICE PER PERSONFrom $1,362
- Accommodations in standard room
- All meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Guided daily excursions to primary forest, aerial tram, rivers and lagoons along the reserve
- Specialized lectures
- Use of rain ponchos and rubber boots
- Transportation between Quito and lodge
- Entrance fee and visit to the Pululahua Crater and the Tulipe Archaeological Site
- Alcoholic drinks
- Activities outside the reserve (kayak, bike, canopying, etc.)
Depart from Quito this morning and travel north to the lodge. Stops along the way include a lookout over the dormant volcano Pululahua Crater and a walk around the archaeological site of Tulipe where you’ll learn about the Yumbo people.
Arrive at Mashpi Reserve in the early afternoon. Extending over the surrounding 1,300 hectares (3,212 acres), Mashpi is a haven for flora and fauna.
Check in at the lodge and enjoy a refreshing drink. Your room for the next two evenings includes floor-to-ceiling windows. Open them and let in the sounds of birds and frogs living in the cloud forest just two metres away.
Depending on arrival time, meet your naturalist guides for a short briefing about the reserve and its activities. Lunch is served soon after at the onsite restaurant. Enjoy a mix of classic and contemporary Ecuadorian dishes.
Afterward, the afternoon’s activities begin. These may include a trip through the forest on the “canopy gondola;” a hike in search of wildlife; a visit to the nearby Life Centre to learn about the area’s butterflies; or a climb up the Observation Tower to look for toucans, woodpeckers, parrots, and raptors. If you’d like, take advantage of the lodge’s electrically-powered buggies to take you from one sight to the next.
After dinner this evening, opt for a naturalist-led walk to discover nocturnal creatures. From moths as big as your hand, to miniature glass and tree frogs, the forest at night is a fascinating world.
Overnight: Mashpi Lodge (L, D)
Early morning activities are organized for those who want to enjoy the beauty and magic of dawn in the forest—when birds are most active and calling.
Return to the lodge for breakfast and then head out for more exploration. Today you may want to take advantage of the Sky Bike. The ride is designed for two people with one person pedaling the bike along a cable in the forest. It’s a great activity for children over 8-years-old, accompanied by an adult.
Visit the Hummingbird Viewpoint for a chance to see some of the 22 hummingbird species found in the reserve. Then walk to one of the nearby waterfalls and take a refreshing dip.
Overnight: Mashpi Lodge (B, L, D)
This morning you may opt to visit one of the reserve’s four known leks where certain bird species—including the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock—gather to perform fascinating and often elaborate mating rituals. The leks provide an incredible opportunity to know where and when the birds will display. Taking advantage of this activity requires either an early start or a strenuous walk.
Otherwise enjoy breakfast and one more activity before lunch and a 1:30 departure. Arrive at your Quito hotel at approximately 5 p.m.
In the center of a reserve, Mashpi Lodge completely immerses you in the cloudforest.