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May 12, 2020 0
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At Mashpi Lodge, your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us

As the world starts to adjust to a new normality, we have adapted the way we do most of our everyday activities. Today, after 67 years of leading the tourism industry in Ecuador and South America, we face our biggest challenge yet: restarting operations while maintaining both our client’s and staff’s health and safety. While navigating this challenge, it is clear that our efforts to resume traveling need to be collective. We want the experiences we offer to keep inspiring people while preventing the spread of COVID-19.

This challenge has required the retailoring of each process throughout our client’s entire travel experience in Ecuador: domestic flights, ground transportation, accommodations at both land and sea, activities, visiting sites, food, beverages, and so on. Each service provider must take on new duties: learning how to evaluate and identify health risks that can pose a danger to travelers. Protocols and procedures that are required to reduce the risk of contagion along every step of the operation rely heavily on the collaboration of airports and airlines, ground transportation providers, hotels, restaurants, and their personnel in the destinations we offer.

For explorers to feel that their experience is safe, they must also acknowledge their share of responsibility when it comes to evaluating potential risks to both their health and everyone else involved in their journey.

We have come up with a risk assessment approach that will allow us to keep traveling to iconic destinations safely while preventing the transmission of COVID-19.

The following principles guide this roadmap:

  • Health and safety
  • Physical Distancing
  • Sustainability

Taking these three principles into consideration, we’ve come up with the following resolutions:

  • We have made the necessary adjustments in our products to provide even more ample spaces for them to comply (if not exceed) with universally accepted recommendations.
  • All standard custodial and hygienic procedures will include the latest outcome-based technology and know-how while maintaining our environmental responsibility —for instance, sanitization based on UV filters, the use of ozone-cleaning systems, and so on.
  • Necessary steps during the travel process shall be taken care of prior to departure rather than on arrival. Health screening measures should be implemented to ensure that passengers have the required clearance to travel between destinations.
  • We’re overseeing that all the partner hotels, restaurants, ground transportation services, airlines, and airports included in our regular operations count with their own health and safety protocols, distancing measures, and a rigorous observation process of environment-friendly actions.
  • The protocols we had before the COVID-19 outbreak in distancing, health and safety, and environmental preservation have been fine-tuned, enhanced, or kept untouched under the new circumstances. Some new measures should only be in place for as long as deemed necessary, while other adjustments may well become a new norm.

The tourism industry is vital in places like the Galapagos Islands, especially in consideration of the great work that is undertaken by the Galapagos National Park (GNP). Recovering from the economic impact that has been experienced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge that needs to be faced. For the GNP to continue monitoring the Galapagos Marine Reserve, sponsoring various scientific research projects, eradicating invasive species, and restoring the populations of endangered fauna, they need the resources provided by tourism. Given this, everyone involved in the tourism industry is working towards rebuilding travelers’ confidence and sense of security in sanctuary destinations like the Galapagos Islands.

If we truly believe in the sustainability of our tourism model, we must be ready to do everything we can to help the traveling experience recover from the significant hit of this pandemic. Part of that process begins with recognizing and embracing the power of travel and its ability to inspire people, from all over the world, while actively contributing to the conservation of the destination.

Main adjustments in the travel stages of Metropolitan Touring’s explorers

  • Domestic flights
  • Ground transportation
  • Vessels
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants in general
  • Visiting sites

Domestic flights

As per current information, airports involved in our services are implementing screening processes to ensure that only COVID19-free personnel and passengers access their terminals. They will observe all IATA guidelines regarding international biosafety protocols. For example, they’re evaluating to provide airport staff with approved personal protective equipment (PPE).

Electronic, contact-free procedures will be prioritized to replace current formalities, and personal interactions will be limited to the strictly necessary. To guarantee physical distance, waiting areas, counters, and screening points are undergoing adjustments.

Metropolitan Touring is actively participating in the national task force that is endorsing new standards to become COVID-19 compliant. This logistical network involves local and provincial governments, airports, hotel associations, and domestic airlines.

Ground Transportation

Our vehicles and the staff involved in transportation (guides, luggage-handling staff, and drivers) will be subject to an updated set of protocols that include: always providing our guests with hand sanitizers, using personal protective equipment (PPE), adjusting our available spaces to guarantee recommended spacing, and so on. All staff will be subject to regular health screening via checkups, and vehicles will be subject to regular, rigorous disinfection protocols. As an added measure, luggage will be handled by a separate team traveling in support vehicles.

As for our transfer vehicles, even though they already have limited and low capacity, we will maximize our guest’s personal space during transportation or visits.

Vessels

Medical officers aboard our vessels (Santa Cruz II, Yacht La Pinta, Yacht Isabela II) will have an even more vital role to play while resuming operations. Their medical knowledge will be key in the screening of crewmembers and passengers upon boarding the ship, as well as supervising the proper use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). They will also make sure that hand sanitizers and disinfectants are available for guests at all times and monitor the use of additional, novel gear and environment-friendly chemicals to be implemented during this COVID-1 9 period.

Personal space for guests and crew in public areas will be increased by enabling separate shifts for all meals, scheduling disembarkation processes, and consequently boarding of groups. The ample space we had available before COVID-19 will be raised much above the conventionally accepted minimum of 28.3 sq ft (6-foot radius around each person).

 

VESSEL AREA AVERAGE PERSONAL SPACE

(in sq. ft/guest)

COMPARED TO 28.26sq ft /guest
CABINS between 68.7 and 161.9 between 2.4 and 5.7 times
DINING AREAS average 39.6 1.5 times
LECTURE AND BRIEFING AREAS average 43.8  1.6 times

We will continue to operate with a reduced guest to guide ratio (11.2 guests for every guide) in the Galapagos Islands.

Our inflatable crafts (dinghies) are cleared for a specific number of passengers; nevertheless, we’ve always used this equipment bellow the maximum recommended capacity. Taking this into consideration, tailoring the occupancy to current needs has not been a challenge for us. Our occupancy exceeds the recommended space allowance during operation and will enable physical distancing during transportation and activities.

Hotels

The numerous team members at each of our hotels (Casa Gangotena, Mashpi Lodge, and the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel) will participate in a strict screening process upon entering each facility. In addition to this, they’ll be undergoing medical evaluations at regular intervals. Proper physical distancing, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks, and gloves will be standard. Each hotel’s dining and bar areas will have proper disinfection stations for our guests. Also, since the focus of our products has always been oriented towards boutique, non-massive facilities, ample spaces are guaranteed. Ventilation systems will incorporate ultraviolet filters and ozone-based cleaning equipment. Along with this, personnel will be trained in the proper use of handheld screening devices.

It is important to note that each of these new additional and essential processes carries the environmental seal of approval for use in natural settings that are highly sensitive, like the Chocó Bioregion and the Galapagos Islands.

Restaurants in general

À la carte meals will replace buffets, making for a safer option while ensuring timely delivery. Personal space between tables and among users will be guaranteed. To minimize direct contact, our staff will adhere to the proper use of PPE, hand sanitizers, and physical distancing measures. As an additional feature, we will offer room service in our hotels and encourage our guests to opt for it.

Metropolitan Touring Hotel’s dining areas provide a personal space ratio 1.8 times higher than the international suggested a minimum of 28.3 sq ft per guest. Thus, physical distancing lies above 51.4 sq ft per guest.

We will oversee that partner restaurants also comply with this figure and other COVID-19 biosafety protocols we endorse.

Visiting sites and attractions

All our visiting sites are part of well-preserved sanctuary destinations that comply or exceed with the recommended distancing norms and standards. For example, in the Galapagos Islands, according to National Park rules, visiting sites can’t exceed a total of 16 guests per guide and six groups at a time. In Mashpi, we will continue to operate with an average rate of 4 guests per guide during activities. Also, during our land tours, we will continue to avoid tourist traps and overcrowded visiting sites.

Enclosed visiting sites we regularly use are undergoing their own set of disinfection and distancing measures before we approve of its use.

In conclusion…

We believe that enhancing our already existing protocols and incorporating new ones according to the situation we’re currently facing will help us mitigate biosafety risks. We also know that there’s no definitive measure that can be implemented to lessen these biosafety risks completely, that’s why we will continue to monitor the situation closely and readjust anything we need to for the sake of our guests and staff’s safety.

Of course, these procedures will likely be modified as needed, as we continue to learn from and adapt to the challenges faced in mitigating the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As we work to improve our process, we hope to greatly reduce risk wherever possible and further nurture confidence in expedition travel.

Mashpi Lodge and Metropolitan Touring’s final goal is to create a safety corridor in which our guests can arrive to and depart from in all the destinations we offer. We want our guests to feel safe and confident from the moment their trip starts until they’re back home, reminiscing about the experience they just had with us.

 


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March 27, 2020 0
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CLOUD FOREST LOCAL FRUIT CAKE RECIPE 

The inspiration behind this dish was the amazing fruit called Limón mandarino, otherwise known as Rangpur lime. A hybrid between a lemon and a tangerine, it tastes somewhat like both: the aroma and tartness of a lemon and the juiciness of a tangerine.  A type of mold grows on the skin so it doesn’t quite look like its more well-known cousins, with their shiny green and yellow skins. This fruit has a rough texture that sometimes gives the impression that the fruit is going bad, but the truth is that this in nowhere near the truth, the softer the lemon gets, the juicier it is inside and the mold on the surface has no negative effect on the fruit, it just makes it harder to sell in the market.

We invite you to delight on this amazing recipe, knowing full well that it’s going to be hard to top from home.

8-10 portions

 

Ingredients

300g Wheat flour

180g Brown or dark sugar

3 free-range eggs

175g Avocado/coconut oil

2g Ishpingo (Amazonian cinnamon) or cinnamon powder

150 gr Local seasonal fruit puree

4g Baking powder

2.5 gr Salt

30g Lemon juice

Directions

  1. Sift the dry ingredients and base (flour, salt, baking powder and ishpingo or cinnamon powder)
  2. Mix the black or brown sugar with oil and seasonal fruit purée with a whisk.
  3. Add eggs to the oil mixture, one by one. Beat at medium speed with a mixer.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture and keep stirring until a creamy texture is achieved.
  5. Put waxed paper at the bottom of the pan and bake at 170ºC for 30 minutes. Allow cooling and remove the wax paper.
  6. Cut the mix into portions and spread a dab of brown-sugar buttercream. Top everything with green aromatic leaf powder. We use sun-dried lemon tangerine leaf powder from the Guayabillas

 

*Our version of this purée is made with a mix of local seasonal fruits such as salak, pineapple and roasted banana. The texture should be thick and without any big lumps.

Most kinds of ripe fruit can be used for this purpose. For better results, aim to balance the sweetness and tartness of the fruits.

 

Buttercream

Ingredients

150g Egg whites

140g Brown or dark sugar

350g Unsalted butter cut into pieces and at room temperature (previously made brown butter)

2g Good quality vanilla essence

50g Lemon leaf powder

1g salt

Directions

  1. Prior to preparation, place blender glass and whip in the fridge to cool for one hour. Brown the butter carefully. Place in a separate bowl and allow to cool.
  2. Dissolve the brown sugar in the egg whites in a bain-marie (the water should not touch the pot or be allowed to boil) until it reaches 65ºC.
  3. Put the mixture in the bowl of the cooled mixer, mix to lower the temperature, once it reaches 30ºC, beat until a shiny meringue with stable peaks forms.
  4. Change the whisk for the shovel accessory and start adding the butter in small, steady drips (the mixture must be cold to avoid melting the butter).
  5. Keep whisking at a steady pace.
  6. Once the butter is fully incorporated into the mixture, whisk at a higher speed to achieve the highest creaminess possible.(This buttercream can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 week. Prior to use it must be tempered and whipped)
  7. Clean the lemon leaves and dry them at 45°C.
  8. Grind to a fine powder. Keep in an airtight container.
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Cake recipe from Mashpi Lab’s kitchen. Try it at home!

 


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January 13, 2020 0

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January 6, 2020 0

Reading Time: 3 minutesA new species of orchid has been found in the Mashpi Reserve, an essential part of the Choco biosphere, located in north-western Ecuador. The discovery occurred thanks to a joint effort between Mashpi Lodge’s Department of Research and Biology, Quito’s Botanical Garden, and Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), a local university.

Lepanthes mashpica (Baquero & T.S. Jaram), named after its home, is a species of orchid that belongs to the Pleurothallidinae subtribe of the orchid family. The Lepanthes genus, one of the most diverse in the world, comprises over 1100 species worldwide.

How do new species of orchids get discovered?

The type specimen was collected in 2017, during an excursion through one of the many trails that surround Mashpi Lodge. Lead researcher Luis Baquero (UDLA-JBQ) looked for crucial clues in the shape and form of the plant, expertly using methods of taxonomy to establish the distinct traits that set this species apart from the rest of its subtribe. The cataloging process confirmed that it’s a distinct orchid species, previously unrecognized by science.

The process is a bit longer than one might expect. According to Mateo Roldan, the Research Director at Mashpi Lodge, it took several outings. “Finally, on Luis’ third visit, we were able to find this orchid in bloom. This was when he said to me, ´This is a new species! ´ the excitement was immense! Later, back at the lodge, he showed me the details of the flower: shape, color, pattern, but especially the number of hairs over the petals. I couldn’t wait to start sending pictures to my friends and colleagues with the good news!”

 

Lepanthes mashpica joins the expanding list of endemic species discovered in the Reserve, which includes Magnolia mashpi, an iconic tree species that also bears the Mashpi moniker and the Mashpi Torrenteer (Hyloscirtus mashpi)recently discovered nocturnal tree frog.

What lies in store for this newly discovered orchid?

Luis and his team claim that there are several healthy populations of this species located at the Mashpi Reserve and that seedlings and adult specimens can be found alongside each other, which bodes well for the long term health of the species. For the time being, it is considered endemic to the Reserve, seeing as no specimens have been found elsewhere.

These efforts highlight the amazing level of biodiversity that occurs in the rich environment of the Choco forest, which has the distinction of being one of the most diverse in the world while also being one of the most threatened. Conservation programs rely on research such as the one that identified this orchid to quantify the value of the region, which is home to all sorts of unique wildlife.

Landscape of Mashpi Lodge

The Mashpi Reserve is part of a concerted effort to protect a substantial part of the Ecuadorian Choco rainforest from deforestation. Efforts include a carbon-sequestering program, education programs for local inhabitants around the region,  and scientific efforts such as the one that led to the discovery of Lepanthes mashpica.

These efforts are supported in part by contributions from Mashpi Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

If you wish to learn more about the conservation and scientific research sponsored by Mashpi Lodge or would love to plan a trip there, visit the webpage.

 

(Photo credits: Luis Baquero)


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August 22, 2019 0

Reading Time: 8 minutesIn recent years, Ecuador has become a leading eco-tourism destination thanks to growing international appreciation for its astonishing levels of biodiversity and rich ecosystems. Visitors to this beautiful country are spoiled for choice in deciding on which regions to visit – not every country is known for having “four worlds,” after all. This decision often starts to get more difficult for those looking to make an environmentally-conscious decision. The international sphere has only recently begun to define what sustainable tourism means, and green standards are not always reliable. In fact, as these types of accommodations grow in popularity, many hotels are simply adding “eco” to their name to attract more tourists. Thus, environmentally conscious tourists are understandably wary when choosing their lodging in Ecuador to ensure that it complies with recognized eco-standards, checking to make sure that the enterprise is true to its name while at the same time making sure that it offers outstanding service and unforgettable adventures.

Choosing Your Ecuadorian Eco-Lodge Experience

For tourists looking for a comfortable but authentic vacation, eco-lodges are becoming an increasingly popular choice thanks to their two-tiered objective of creating a genuine Ecuadorian experience while providing guests with decidedly sustainable and high-end service. These hotels are unique in that they offer guests the opportunity to leave the demands of city life behind and become enveloped in the local spirit and natural beauty that make Ecuador the dynamic and rich country it is. These sustainable hotels not only strive to provide their guests with a comfortable vacation but to also educate visitors about the area where they are staying. Additionally, eco-lodges seek to implement environmentally-sustainable practices and monitor their environmental impact to provide a comprehensive and memorable experience for their guests. This is particularly important these days because there are one-too-many hotels that do what is called “greenwashing,” in which they make the accommodations appear more sustainable than they really are. However, tourists can rest assured that eco-lodges are working to implement modern environmental practices and transparency for the public.

Cloud forest surrounding Mashpi Lodge

The challenge, therefore, lies in deciding which of the stunning and diverse regions of Ecuador you will want to visit, and finding the lodge that is perfect for you. Many of the eco-lodges in Ecuador are concentrated in the Amazon region, but they are also found among the country’s cloud forests, including its western rainforest known as the Choco Rainforest, and in the Andean highlands. Each of these regions varies significantly in the diversity and life that visitors will come across, as well as their unique climates and geographies. The Choco Rainforest, for example, is strikingly unusual due to the fact that, as it rises into the mountains it transitions into a cloud forest, it makes for one of the few accessible areas in Ecuador that are both rainforest and cloud forest. Making it even more unusual is the fact that the Choco Rainforest was once a part of the Amazon before the Andes Mountains even formed. As a result, this rainforest is home to a stunning collection of endemic life, including over 400 species of birds, 43 species of amphibians, and 65 species of reptiles. Consequently, it’s always a good idea to study each region carefully to choose the area that most aligns with your interests.

The Top 3 Mashpi Lodge “Eco-lodge” Factors that Make it Different From the Rest

Among the eco-lodges that welcome tourists to this gorgeous country, the modern structure of Mashpi Lodge is wholly unique due to the fact that it extends itself out of the dense foliage of the Choco Rainforest, and it does so almost in complete harmony with the environment surrounding it. Built piece by piece over a span of two years, not a single tree was chopped down during its construction, and it was designed to blend seamlessly into the biodiversity hotspot of the Mashpi Reserve. The beautiful contemporary design and decor of earthy tones, steel, stone, and glass provide its guests with an elegant destination – an oasis of peace and luxury in the middle of this exotic destination. The sustainable efforts of Mashpi Lodge have been confirmed through its accreditation as one of the world’s few and exclusive National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. In order to earn this recognition, the lodge must adhere to National Geographic’s core values and implement innovative sustainability solutions in both its architectural design and in its administration and management (not to mention modern and comfortable accommodations), and Mashpi Lodge is certainly no exception.

1. The Unusual History of Mashpi Lodge

The story of Mashpi Lodge began more than a decade ago when the large swath of land (a part of which is where it now stands) was bought from a logging company in order to save the region and the life it hosts from further deforestation. Unfortunately, the Choco Rainforest suffers from one of the highest rates of deforestation in all of Ecuador, and 90% of the original Choco has already been lost to exploitation. Thus, Mashpi Lodge has become an important force in maintaining this precious ecosystem (particularly because the remaining part of the forest has maintained 80% of its primary growth). The Lodge itself is located on the site where the timber company’s sawmill stood, and the roads leading to this breathtaking site are the old logging roads. Thus, due to the presence of pre-existing infrastructure, Mashpi Lodge was able to significantly minimize its environmental footprint during the construction process.

Land evaluation prior to building efforts at Mashpi Lodge

Furthermore, before construction of the lodge was even completed, a biologist was hired to learn as much as possible about the ecosystem surrounding the lodge, as well as the rest of the 1,200-hectare (3,000-acre) reserve. These findings became part of a continually expanding research project and were fully incorporated into the Lodge’s conservation and resources management strategy. Today, Mashpi Lodge is involved in several research projects that are being done in situ, much of which includes work with butterflies, fish, birds, reptiles, mammals, macroinvertebrates and amphibians. It has signed multiple agreements with national and international conservation groups, and also works with universities to further enable the spread of research and knowledge, continuously working to expand its understanding of the land where it is located and also promote the importance of research.

2. Fostering Knowledge for the Greater Good

This extensive research and environmental work are made readily available to Mashpi Lodge’s guests, both in terms of sharing the knowledge acquired and using it to further improve the experience for those who come from all over the world to enjoy this pristine place. Research findings are eagerly shared with guests during informative tours through the Choco cloud forest. Guests are welcome to explore the surrounding ecosystems at their leisure with the guidance of local and interpretive naturalist guides who seem to know just about every leaf of Ecuador’s vast cloud forests. Mashpi Lodge has also developed several unique interactive experiences for its guests to further explore the area they are staying in, including the innovative Sky Bike, an Observation Tower and a gondola known as The Dragonfly that offers spectacular 360-degree views of the forest below. The Life Center also provides guests with the opportunity to learn about the many butterfly species that inhabit the forest and observe the colorful toucans and hummingbirds that visit the area.

Guide at Mashpi Lodge's laboratory

The extensive information gathered by Mashpi researchers is also used to ensure that Mashpi Lodge is implementing modern and sustainable practices properly. This includes keeping an eye on how waste is handled, how food and water are sourced, and how efficiently the Lodge is using electric energy. Mashpi Lodge makes an effort to source its food locally in order to reduce its carbon footprint by importing less from large and distant cities, instead opting to support sustainable, local businesses. This also helps to preserve the surrounding environment by decreasing resulting traffic flow as much as possible. Along these same lines, Mashpi uses water from the nearby Torrenteer Waterfall and its numerous streams. The water is channeled from the source into a holding tank and then passes through a filter and a UV purifier before flowing into the Lodge.

Waste removal is also an extremely important issue, especially in areas like the Mashpi Reserve, which already suffers from illegal mining, logging, and deforestation. Mashpi Lodge recycles, composts and effectively disposes of its wastewater thanks to a modern and biological wastewater treatment plant. Thus, the Lodge significantly strives to reduce any potential harm to the surrounding ecosystems that may result from the presence of humans. In addition to all of these efforts, the Lodge has further worked to decrease its waste production through the unique paths it has built for its visitors. The trails that snake around the lodge and through the cloud forest are reinforced with small, recycled plastic crates.

Lastly, energy efficiency plays an important factor in determining the sustainability of an eco-lodge and how well it complies with environmental standards. Ecuador has recently advanced its use of hydropower, and with its stunning mountain ranges and complex river systems, it has considerable potential to further implement this technology. Not far from Mashpi Lodge, one of the public hydroelectric plants generates electricity from the natural river system, eliminating the need to build an ecosystem-altering dam. The Lodge connects to the public hydroelectric grid for its energy supply but continuously strives to reduce its use of energy on its premises – for example, nearly 100% percent of its facilities use energy-efficient light bulbs.

The design and structure of the lodge itself also play an important role in the Lodge’s energy efficiency. During its construction, the architectural design team opted to use the Emmedue technique, which employs specific materials that counteract hot summer temperatures and cooler winter temperatures. This allows the facility to maintain comfortable temperatures all year round without having to depend on external heating or cooling systems, something that is certainly important in a tropical area that sits so close to the equator!

3. Community Involvement

Mashpi Lodge has worked hard to cultivate an excellent relationship with the local community while supporting its economy and sharing knowledge about the surrounding ecosystem. The people living close to Mashpi have historically devoted themselves to trade and agriculture, which is largely true to this day. Mashpi Lodge has worked hard to encourage sustainable practices within the community and provide more opportunities for locals aside from resource exploitation such as highly destructive illegal mining and logging, and slash-and-burn farming. Nearly 75% of Mashpi Lodge employees are from the local area, which not only helps to boost the local economy (while expanding knowledge of sustainable practices and a sense of pride for the environment), but also provides an added bonus for guests at the Lodge – who better to teach you about Mashpi’s unique ecosystem than the people who have lived there for generations! The guides employed at Mashpi Lodge are extremely knowledgeable of the Reserve and the wildlife that lives there, and will eagerly share stories about the history of the location. In the Ecuadorian cloud forests, these stories are often intricately interwoven with the practices of the indigenous communities that have lived off the land for thousands of years, providing guests with rich and unique stories to share with those back home.

Guide teaches young visitor about the secrets of the forest.

Not to mention, Mashpi Lodge is highly unique in the sense that it has made its employees stakeholders of the business itself, providing them with a certain percentage of the Lodge’s earnings.

Mashpi Lodge works fervently to distinguish itself and provide its guests with an authentic experience in one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world. Visitors are welcome to relax in harmony with nature or actively explore its trails leading to natural pools and waterfalls, completely hidden from the exterior world and stresses of daily life. The warm, comfortable, and modern interior of the Lodge invite people of all ages to continue to expand their knowledge and understanding of nature as they live amidst this forest. Rest at ease in knowing that Mashpi Lodge strives to preserve the environment that it is a part of and minimize the ecological footprint that it leaves on the environment through its focus on research and conservation, together with its extensive work with the local community.


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July 16, 2019 2

<span class="rt-reading-time" style="display: block;"><span class="rt-label rt-prefix">Reading Time: </span> <span class="rt-time">6</span> <span class="rt-label rt-postfix">minutes</span></span> <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.mashpilodge.com/blog/safe-cloud-forest-mashpi-lodge/"></div>Concerned about potential dangers in the cloud forest? You shouldn't be! Mashpi Lodge is a remarkably safe place to visit.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.mashpilodge.com/blog/safe-cloud-forest-mashpi-lodge/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Related Posts generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->


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July 10, 2019 0

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July 8, 2019 0

<span class="rt-reading-time" style="display: block;"><span class="rt-label rt-prefix">Reading Time: </span> <span class="rt-time">4</span> <span class="rt-label rt-postfix">minutes</span></span> <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.mashpilodge.com/blog/how-get-mashpi-lodge/"></div>Given it's isolated location on the outskirts of Quito, getting to Mashpi Lodge requires careful planning to not get last.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.mashpilodge.com/blog/how-get-mashpi-lodge/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Related Posts generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->


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April 9, 2019 0

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April 8, 2019 6

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