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Experience life in all its varied, thriving, and multi-colored forms

The Mashpi Reserve—a vibrant, breathing, and living ecosystem—perfectly showcases the lungs of our planet and
the organisms that live therein. To step into the Reserve is to discover the hidden wonders of life. It is a universe in and of itself where, from the micro to the macro, flora, and fauna surround and dance around you like nowhere else. Trust us when we say that the magic here is palpable, and its raw, untouched essence is so thick you can almost taste it. It’s what brought us here in the first place, and it’s what inspired us to share this unique forest experience with the rest of the world.

Fluffy white cloud illustration, evoking the misty ambiance of Mashpi Lodge's cloud forest.
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.
Fluffy white cloud against a black background, representing the misty ecosystem of Mashpi Lodg

Experience Nature From a whole new angle

What makes mashpi lodge so special?

Mashpi Lodge sits 3,117 feet (950 meters) above sea level. Nestled between lower montane rainforest and cloud forests in the heart of a 2,500-acre private reserve, the Lodge is a luxurious outpost in the middle of a lush, green world—70 percent of which is primary forest. Species thrive here, not only those within the realms of our understanding but also those yet to be discovered. The Mashpi Frog and Magnolia are endemic to this very forest and were only identified in the last few years. Imagine what other creatures remain undiscovered!

Mashpi, located in the northwest corner of the Metropolitan District of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, provides guests with an unprecedented opportunity to explore both cloud forest and rainforest—two types of ecosystems that are highly rich in species and biodiversity. From the roots of the trees up and over the canopy, guests will always be accompanied by experienced and insightful guides, most of whom grew up playing around inside these same forests.

Mashpi waterfall
Sunset at Mashpi Lodge
A vibrant green frog perches on a leaf at Mashpi Lodge, embodying the rich biodiversity of the Ecuadorian cloud forest.
Colorful toucan on a branch at Mashpi Lodge
Tayra at Mashpi
Tayra at Mashpi

A world of creatures

A staggering 400 species of birds—36 of which are endemic (meaning they are found nowhere else in the world)—are estimated to inhabit the forests of Mashpi. Monkeys, peccaries, and even pumas make their homes inside the Reserve’s dramatic, verdant hills dotted by majestic waterfalls. A myriad of invertebrates and amphibians inhabit this world. At the same time, you’d be lucky to catch a glimpse of many of these shy creatures; a network of camera traps allows us to observe their movements in breathtaking proximity and clarity.

Lush tropical leaves from Mashpi Lodge's cloud forest, a sanctuary of greenery and biodiversity in Ecuador.
Hummingbird at Mashpi
Hummingbird at Mashpi

Astounding biodiversity

The Choco Forest is one of the most diverse forests in the Neotropical realm. It is estimated that tropical forests, which comprise just 6% of the world’s surface area, contain somewhere between one-half to three-quarters of the earth’s plant and animal species. Mashpi is home to a wide array of flora, from ferns and bromeliads to a plethora of orchids, many of which have just been recently discovered. Biologists worldwide have collaborated with our team of scientists to observe, study, and understand these species.

The Mashpi Reserve’s staggering level of biodiversity is due to its tropical climate, the equatorial sun, high rainfall, and different elevations. This unique blend of elements creates a world where species thrive in a million different ecological niches.

The people at the heart of our project

Mashpi Lodge Staff
Mashpi Lodge Staff

Mashpi would not be what it is without the collaboration of the local community. From the outset, we have sought to work hand-in-hand with those living in the areas surrounding the reserve, implementing an innovative program in which they and Lodge employees become shareholders of our enterprise. Mashpi offers numerous job opportunities for members of the neighboring communities, including professional training and English classes.

These same people will go on to share their precious knowledge of the surrounding lands and wildlife. Guides, lodge staff, and the team of para-biologists, for example, might tell you how they used to work as hunters, loggers, or miners on the same land during the days before the Mashpi project. Their relationship with Mashpi, in this sense, has truly been transformative. And Mashpi takes it one step further: the communities are also the primary providers of agricultural and other food products and supplies used at the lodge!

Monarch butterfly in flight, embodying the biodiversity at Mashpi Lodge, set against a dark background.

The forests of the Chocó

A Global Biodiversity Hotspot

The Choco biogeographical region spans the length of Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It encompasses the biodiversity hotspot known as the Tumbes-Choco-Darien, which extends along the western edge of the Andes mountain range. It is considered of “high interest for the global conservation of biodiversity” and is also the first forest to be considered a “Model Forest” in Ecuador.
The Choco-Andean forest, located in the Ecuadorian Andes, consists of about 125,000 hectares (309,000 acres). Only about two percent of its original forest remains intact. It is home to approximately 18,000 people, most of whom are farmers.

By visiting Mashpi Lodge, you also contribute to the conservation and deeper understanding of this unique ecosystem.

Reviews and testimonials

“Mashpi Lodge is a paradise for nature lovers! The unique location in the cloud forest offered us an unforgettable experience of biodiversity. The eco-friendly design and the knowledgeable guides added to the charm. A must-visit for those seeking a tranquil escape.”

– Emily R

“Our stay at Mashpi Lodge was exceptional. From the luxurious rooms to the exquisite cuisine, everything was top-notch. Exploring the lush rainforest and spotting rare birds was a highlight. The lodge’s commitment to sustainability is truly commendable.”

– John S.

“Mashpi Lodge is a hidden gem in Ecuador’s rainforest. The blend of modern amenities with breathtaking natural beauty is perfect. The staff’s warmth and the array of activities, from birdwatching to hiking, made our stay unforgettable.”

– Sarah L.

Mashpi Glass Frog


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