Rainforest Hotel In Ecuador

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Vivid green leaf from Mashpi Lodge’s biodiversity, exemplifying the rich flora of the Ecuadorian Chocó forest.
Lush green leaf representing the pristine ecosystem at Mashpi Lodge, set in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.
Lush green leaf representing the pristine ecosystem at Mashpi Lodge, set in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.

The best alternative to the Amazon Rainforest

A Luxurious Ecuador Rainforest Lodge, just a drive away from Quito

Nestled closer to Quito than the Amazon rainforest, the Mashpi Reserve offers an unparalleled adventure experience for every nature enthusiast. Our rainforest hotel offers an exclusive location on a scenic plateau, the lodge features breathtaking views of the surrounding forested mountains and their unique ecosystems.

Once here, guests can encounter up to 400 species of birds, otherworldly flora, and extraordinary creatures that are exclusive to this part of our planet, all set against the backdrop of crashing waterfalls and mesmerizing views of both cloud and rainforests. Embark on treks down concealed trails, walk across glistening streams, rise at dawn for rare bird sightings, or soar above the breathtaking canopy aboard our Dragonfly Gondola.

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The undiscovered natural side of Quito, Ecuador

It seems incredible that such a wild and remote site could even be associated with a city, yet Mashpi actually sits within the Metropolitan District of Quito—the capital of Ecuador. The Lodge, which is only about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Quito, is perched at an elevation of 3,117 feet (950 meters) above sea level.

The surrounding reserve ranges in altitude from 1,640 to 4,000 feet (500 meters to 1200 meters) above sea level. This transitional location bears witness to both tropical and subtropical climates, creating an incomparable crossroads within nature that’s teeming with a variety of flora and fauna seldom found in such stunning variety.

Curious about how to get to Mashpi Lodge? Check out our blog.

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Ethereal clouds enveloping the lush greenery at Mashpi Lodge, highlighting the serene cloud forest environment.
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Ethereal clouds enveloping the lush greenery at Mashpi Lodge, highlighting the serene cloud forest environment.
Fluffy white cloud illustration, evoking the misty ambiance of Mashpi Lodge's cloud forest.
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Exciting activities allow you to discover our very own Mashpi Reserve

Specifically crafted with conservation and comfort in mind

Nestled in an untouched corner of our planet, Mashpi Lodge presents an unparalleled escape into nature that’s exclusively available to our Guests, ensuring a sanctuary untouched by the outside world. Once here, you’ll get to delve deep into the heart of Mashpi’s awe-inspiring natural wonders while in the company of our seasoned Expedition Leaders and insightful Naturalist Guides. Many of these passionate Guides are proud natives of this region and are fervently committed to guiding you on an immersive journey of profound discovery and heartfelt appreciation.

Here’s a look at all the exciting excursions you’ll have at your disposal once here!

Lush green leaf representing the pristine ecosystem at Mashpi Lodge, set in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.
Lush green leaf representing the pristine ecosystem at Mashpi Lodge, set in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.
Lush green leaf representing the pristine ecosystem at Mashpi Lodge, set in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.

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A striking bird perched on a branch at Mashpi Lodge, home to Ecuador's diverse avian species.

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City and Cloud Forest Tour

Add Casa Gangotena in Quito to your Mashpi experience!

Embark on a captivating multi-day experience that seamlessly combines the historic charm of Quito with the unmatched biodiversity of the Mashpi cloud forest. Start with the majestic ambiance of Quito at the luxurious Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel and enjoy a timeless capital brimming with cultural heritage and traditions. From there, journey to a verdant paradise where the famed Mashpi Lodge resides, nestled amidst Andean cloud- and rainforest and countless unique species!

This adventure presents a perfect fusion of urban elegance and pristine nature, inviting travelers to appreciate both the cultural treasures and natural marvels of Ecuador in one go!

REVIEW AND TESTIMONIALS

“Mashpi Lodge is an oasis in the Ecuadorian cloud. Its modern design with large windows offers unparalleled views of the forest. Exceptional service and food!”

– John Smith

“A unique experience at Mashpi Lodge. Perfect for lovers of nature and sustainable luxury. The rooms are comfortable, and the service is top-notch.”

– Emily Johnson

“Magical stay at Mashpi! From bird watching to jungle trekking, every day is an adventure. The staff is friendly, and the ambiance is relaxing and peaceful.”

– David Martinez

5/5

Mashpi Lodge Frequently Asked Questions

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ABOUT THE LODGE

Mashpi Lodge sits in the heart of a 2,500-hectare (6,177-acre) Reserve that features breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle and mountains. The most convenient part? It’s a hideaway located on a high, verdant plateau northwest of Quito! 

In terms of getting here, daily and regular flights connect Quito with major cities in South and Central America, North America (via Miami, New York, Houston, and Atlanta), and Europe (direct from Madrid and Amsterdam). The Lodge itself is around a three-hour drive from Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport, and we can happily arrange a transfer for you!

Planning to get here on your own? Check out our blog that provides more information on how to get to Mashpi Lodge.

Mashpi Lodge is a luxury cocoon in the clouds with the natural world right outside, making it an ideal place for contemplation and relaxation. As an all-inclusive expedition, it combines high levels of modern comfort, service, guided excursions, immersive activities, and cuisine unheard of in a tropical forest anywhere else. 

Mashpi Lodge is designed to completely immerse you in the world of the surrounding forest while serving as a luxurious, comfortable retreat. With a wide range of private excursions and unique activities, we highly recommend you stay at least two nights at Mashpi Lodge. Doing so will allow you to see and do as much as possible! (Please note: To visit Mashpi Lodge, you must book a one-night stay. Day visits, or day tours, are not offered).

We have an assortment of rooms and suites spread out across three floors that are able to accommodate solo travelers, couples, groups of friends, and/or families. All rooms are designed with floor-to-ceiling windows that help foster a connection to the outside world. You can take your pick between ground-level rooms that offer a look into the incredible forest floor, while the mid- and higher-level floors offer access to the gorgeous canopy.

Learn more about our rates here.

Yes! We have special offers for this year and the next, plus two tour packages that combine the Mashpi Lodge experience with two unforgettable hotels in Ecuador: Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel (Quito) and the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel (Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos).

ABOUT THE RESERVE

Mashpi Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge located within the Mashpi Reserve, an area that spans 3,200 acres and represents a unique blend of cloud forest and tropical rainforest. Within this lush expanse and overlap of two unique ecosystems, our Guests can expect to come across countless bird species, as well as monkeys, ocelots, and a rich array of flora.

To find out more about the unique flora and fauna, be sure to check out our blog here.

The Reserve experiences a humid climate with semi-frequent rainfall that typically only occurs in the early mornings and late evenings, meaning your daily excursions most likely won’t be affected. Given its location, the dew point—which indicates the amount of moisture in the air— is relatively high, but nowhere near as high as that of Ecuador’s Amazon or coastal regions. When visiting Mashpi, expect cool, moist conditions with the possibility of rain at certain times of the day.

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The Lodge’s location and microclimate significantly reduce risks of tropical diseases and unwanted insect encounters. Its modern design ensures guests are insulated from the elements and wildlife, offering a serene sanctuary amidst nature. Thus, while guests explore the rich biodiversity of Mashpi in the company of seasoned Naturalist Guides, they can rest assured that any potential hazards are well-managed, ensuring both a captivating and safe experience in the wild.

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Mashpi Lodge strikes a harmonious balance between luxury and immersion in nature. While it’s situated in one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, Guests won’t have their comfort compromised. The Lodge’s contemporary design provides a secluded sanctuary, offering top-tier amenities and modern conveniences amidst the lush wilderness.

This harmony allows guests to venture out on exciting treks during the day and return to a tranquil sanctuary by night, ensuring the best of both worlds: thrilling wildlife exposure and unmatched luxury.

For the Mashpi experience, remember that what you’d pack for a city like Quito won’t necessarily apply here. Prioritize lightweight, quick-drying clothing, including pants and long-sleeved shirts for trekking, sturdy hiking shoes (Note: Courtesy rubber boots are provided by the Lodge), a rain jacket, insect repellent, a hat, sunscreen, and a camera. Personal medications and a small backpack for daily excursions are also essential.

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Lush green leaf representing the pristine ecosystem at Mashpi Lodge, set in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.
Lush green leaf representing the pristine ecosystem at Mashpi Lodge, set in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.
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Colorful butterfly, emblematic of the ecological diversity at Mashpi Lodge, poised elegantly.

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