5 April 2013: Standing proudly amongst ‘The Best New Hotels in the World’, Ecuador’s new Mashpi Lodge proudly announces its inclusion in Condé Nast Traveller UK’s prestigious annual Hot List Issue. The awards were celebrated with a glamorous event at London’s new Café Royal on 3rd April and attended by the world’s most renowned hoteliers, travel gurus and media influencers.
We are delighted to let you know that Mashpi Lodge, owned by the same holding group (Grupo Futuro) which owns Metropolitan Touring, has won the award in the Innovation category at the annual Latin American Travel Association awards, held every year to coincide with World Travel Market in London, and also it has been chosen for the 2012 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards in the Trendsetter and New & Noteworthy categories, making it one of the 100 most distinctive hotels in the world this year.
The Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award winners were chosen from 4,000 nominees submitted by Fodor’s 700 contributors around the globe, and selected by Fodor’s renowned editors as offering a best-in-class experience for their guests.
Resident Science Coordinator, low-impact construction, low-consuming bulbs and soon-to-be self-sustaining hydro-electricity for an ecological wonder
Newly opened and brimming with life, the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve is a protected, 3,212-acre rainforest retreat and guest lodge set at 3,116 feet in the Ecuadorian Andes just three hours northwest of the historic Quito. Nestled in the “biodiversity hotspot” of Chocó that runs from Ecuador into Colombia, Mashpi unfolds as an ecological wonder harboring diverse flora and fauna: Hundreds of amphibian and reptilian species; tens of thousands of insect species; and, it is believed, some 500 species of birds – from Moss-backed Tanagers to Black-tipped Cotingas – more than is found in North America and Europe combined.
Naturally, the lodge has taken significant steps to protect the ecology and amazing biodiversity of the Mashpi Reserve. The project played an important role in the establishment of a new reserve of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres), declared a natural protected area by the Municipality of Quito in May 2011. This far larger reserve engulfs and embraces Mashpi, ensuring future viability and making the lodge’s success all the more important for the surrounding area – as a source of employment, but also of knowledge transfer for local communities.