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Mashpi Lodge - 1 Nights Itinerary

Far from being just another stripped-down rustic jungle refuge, the recently renovated Mashpi Lodge is a boutique hotel designed in glass that's set within a steel framework to give guests a front-row seat to one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet. Based at this lodge during your 2-day/1-night introduction to the Ecuadorian cloud forest, you are likely to come into contact with monkeys, peccaries and possibly even puma that inhabit the reserve. In addition, you will discover a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species…many newly-discovered ones. Just 2-1/2 hours from Quito, Mashpi Lodge is a wondrous, modern escape in the heart of an Andean cloud forest. Activities here include visiting the lodge’s Life Centre, with its butterflies and plants; climbing the eight-story observation tower, riding on the innovative "Sky Bike," early morning bird watching, night walks, and simply sitting back to watch the clouds play hide-and-seek with the forest.

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“We loved every moment of our trip and could not have done it without Ligia and Surtrek. I highly recommend them!”Irene Alcock

Mashpi Lodge: Highlights

Cloud Forest Reserve, Sky Bike, Observation Tower, Birdwatching, more than 500 species of birds, hiking, biodiversity.

Mashpi Lodge: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival – Sky Bike & Observation Tower – Evening Excursion/Night Hike
Day 2: Early Morning Bird Watching – Howler Monkey Trail – Life Center
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Mashpi Lodge: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival – Sky Bike & Observation Tower – Evening Excursion/Night Hike

After checking into your room (after 12:00 pm) and comfortably settling in, at around 2:30 you will be greeted by one of the lodge’s naturalists, who will give you an introductory talk about the cloud forest and its conservation, the planned activities during your stay, and some helpful tips about what to wear and what to take on the excursions.

At around 3:30, you will be directed to the nearby "Sky Bike" and the Observation Tower. The Sky Bike allows you to explore the forest canopy up close by pedaling this aerial bike along a cable stretched between two points in the forest, around 200 meters (655 feet) apart. In addition, you will be able to appreciate even more of this protected forest from Mashpi´s observation tower rising above the treetops. Reaching a height of 30 meters (100 feet), this is the ideal place for nature lovers to view the complex structure of the forest as well as witness the incredible richness of species that inhabit the treetops. Visitors have to climb 162 steps to reach the top of this tower – but the striking views are well worth the effort.

Later, we will head out on a trek along one of the lodge’s trails. The Oxibelis Trail leads you to a small waterfall and then back to the lodge. Alternatively, we can go on a more demanding 45-minute hike on the Limones Trail to the beautiful San Vicente´s waterfall.

Upon your return to the lodge, staff members will be waiting for you with fresh towels and a refreshing natural juice. You can then enjoy a varied and delicious lunch at the lodge’s restaurant. For the afternoon, you will have time to rest or perhaps enjoy a relaxing massage or the comfort of the Jacuzzi in the lodge’s Wellness Area. 

As the sun starts to go down, the cloud forest begins to transform. The sounds of croaking nocturnal frogs, the calls of night birds and the incessant buzz of insects intensifies. And if you turn off your flashlight, you’ll discover sparkling fireflies and sense bats fluttering by. Looking carefully on the ground, all around you’ll also see the faint glow of bioluminescent fungi (Foxfire or fairy fire). Continuing this nighttime safari, you’re likely to hear rustling in the branches above as the raccoon-like “kinkajous” scramble through the trees in search of fruit. Following this intriguing excursion, we will return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious dinner.

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Day 2
Early Morning Bird Watching – Howler Monkey Trail – Life Center

Just before the break of dawn, the cloud forest becomes filled with the sound of thousands of birds in search of food. So, for those “early bird” travelers wanting to experience this daily event, they can do so from the lodge’s terrace. Guides will share their skill in handling the telescope to reveal this incredible diversity of bird species and the essential beauty of the cloud forest. Accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea, this activity begins at 6:30 a.m. and lasts an hour, after which time you can enjoy a full breakfast. Following your meal, you can begin packing up for your 11:00 a.m. checkout, and by 11:30 you will begin the scenic ride back to one of the principal hotels Quito. On the drive, you will be provided with a box lunch before arriving in the capital city at around 2:30 p.m. 

 

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Mashpi Lodge: Prices

2018 - Price per person
Days
Double
Yaku SuiteWayra Room
2US$ 1,331US$ 1,098
Included in the price:
  • Transfer (Quito - Mashpi – Quito) via shared service
  • Accommodations
  • Meals during your stay at the lodge
  • Soft drinks (unlimited)
  • Unlimited Internet
  • Activities within the reserve with specialized guides (including walks, the aerial bicycle, the Life Center, the hummingbird garden, observation tower, waterfalls, night hikes
  • Use of rubber boots and raincoats
Not included in the price:
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
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