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Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve

Mashpi Lodge

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Photo: Courtesy Mashpi Lodge

Av. De Las Palmeras N45-74 at De Las Orquídeas
Quito, Ecuador
TEL: 593-2-298-8200
TEL: (800) 527-2500

A secluded retreat surrounded by 3,000 acres of cucharillo and copal trees, Mashpi Lodge (owned by Grupo Futuro, also behind 2012 It List winner Casa Gangotena, in Quito) is turning Ecuador’s mainland into a serious ecotourism player. It’s a 2 1/2-hour car trip on a winding road from the capital to the ultramodern glass-and-steel hotel, where the endangered Choco rain forest takes center stage (indeed, Mashpi’s owner refused to cut down a single tree to build the property). Rooms are light-filled but minimally decorated (seike wood furnishings; slate floors) and include floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a wild habitat that beckons you to head out and explore. We took an aerial gondola ride to the hotel’s eight-story observation tower, followed by a guided hike to a secret waterfall—the perfect spot for a dip.

Room to Book:

Each of the expansive rooms boasts sleek furnishings and rainforest views. Ask for Yaku Suite 11, one of three suites. A corner room, it  has two walls of glass that look out into the trees.

Insider Tip:

Want to relax? Ask for the outdoor massage, which takes place by a waterfall in the forest.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • All-Inclusive
  • Breakfast Included
  • Green/Eco-Friendly
  • Meal Plan
  • Minimum Stay Required
  • Spa

Number of Bars:

Year Opened:

Number of Pools:

Number of Suites: 3

Other: Eco Lodge

Number of Rooms: 19

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