Unique Stay: Mashpi Cloud Forest - luxury lodge

From Quito to Quito
  • Ecuador
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Luxury
  • Unique Stays
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Tour Description

This luxury retreat in the Ecuadorian rainforest is the perfect 3 day escape.

Located around 4 hours by road from Quito, Ecuador's capital, you will feel a world away at Mashpi Lodge, set amongst magical cloud forest. Located on the 2,500-acre private Mashpi reserve, sounded by rainforest and cloud forest, this is a nature lovers paradise - think stunning waterfalls, incredible flora and 400 species of birds, trees, frogs, endemic species found nowhere else in the world!

During your stay at Mashpi Lodge, explore forest trails, perhaps rise at dawn to spot rare birds, or an evening walk to listen to the sounds of the forest. You may opt for the Dragonfly Canopy Gondola - and soar through the trees! Or relax and enjoy the panoramic views from the comfort of the lodge, with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Dine on gourmet food featuring fresh and local Ecuadorian ingredients, soak in the open air hot tub, or experience Samay Wellness Centre. It is no wonder  that the Masphi Lodge has been designated a National Geographic Unique Lodge.

Our Mashpi Cloud Forest - luxury lodge experience combines well with Signature Galapagos for a wonderful wildlife and nature holiday. 

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Exotic birds, incredibly unique animals, eerily transparent frogs, stunningly rare endemic plants and orchids, glow-in-the-dark fungus…there is so much to see and enjoy!

A unique opportunity to explore both cloud forest & rainforest. Cloud forests which, as the name suggests, are covered in clouds or fog most of the time. They are unique ecosystems as they only represent less than 1% of the remaining forests on the planet

Mashpi Lodge is far more than just a five-star hotel in an exquisite location: you are accessing a research station that is at the forefront of rainforest protection, the Mashpi Reserve.

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Quito Mashpi Cloud Forest

The adventure begins in Ecuador's heritage capital, Quito, at the scheduled transfer time of 8.30am from the city's main hotels (time will be reconfirmed directly with you prior to today). The road journey will take you through stunning scenery and you will discover the spectacular natural diversity of the Andean landscape. From the dry valley of Pomasqui towards the cordillera's western flank, into lush, misty cloud forest, and enter the magical world of Mashpi. Mashpi Reserve extends over the surrounding 1,300 hectares and is a haven for wildlife and biodiversity. Arrive at the lodge for lunch before the afternoon’s activities commence. Various activities are available, dependent on factors such as group size, physical abilities and weather conditions. Optional night walks head out from the hotel following dinner.

Day 2
Activities at Mashpi Cloud Forest

Early morning activities are organised before breakfast for those who want to enjoy the beauty and magic of dawn in the forest – which is when most birds are active, and when views are most spectacular. Following breakfast, head out from the lodge to explore the lush surroundings, returning for lunch and a rest, before enjoying an afternoon amid nature, then dinner, night walks and a good night’s rest.

Day 3
Mashpi Cloud Forest Quito

On the last day, there’s an early breakfast, followed by a morning activity. Guests return to the lodge and check out at 1.30pm. Drive back eastwards, winding your way up the Andes towards the capital, arriving at your hotel in Quito in the late afternoon.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 2 nights lodge accommodation
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrades to a suite available
  • Included Copy 20 All meals and soft drinks
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Use of waterproof ponchos and rubber boots for walking
  • Included Copy 20 Transport to/from select hotels in Quito
  • Included Copy 20 Daily guided excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Informative Lectures
  • Included Copy 7 International Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance
  • Included Copy 31 Option to add on the "Dragonfly Gondola Experience"

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  • Included Spend time relaxing and exploring in both Cloud Forest & Rainforest environments
  • Included Enjoy the early morning activities when the forest is alive with wildlife and birdsong
  • Included Visit the Research Lab to learn more about plant, animal, bird, and insect species
  • Included Take a ride on the Dragonfly Canopy Gondola through the tree tops
  • Included Walk or hike forest trails and visit waterfalls
  • Included Enjoy watching an array of hummingbirds in the Hummingbird Garden
  • Included Take in the breath-taking view from the top of the observation tower.
  • Included Explore the forest from above on the Sky Bike
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3 days

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$1,555 USD

Per person, sharing

Daily departures