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Gustavo Garces

All of a Flutter for Earth Day

A remarkable addition to Ecuador’s biodiversity has been unveiled: a new butterfly species discovered in the Andean Chocó region, nestled within the pristine confines of the 2,800- hectare private Mashpi-Tayra reserve. This region, renowned for its unparalleled biodiversity, faces looming threats from human encroachment, highlighting the urgency of conservation efforts.

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Birds on a branch, one in flight, in the biodiverse Mashpi forest, Ecuador.
Lodge
Samantha Lalangui

A Sanctuary for Extraordinary Birds

Welcome to the fascinating world of birds. At the Mashpi Reserve, you will immerse yourself in a true paradise of avian diversity. Here, you will find unique and colorful species that you cannot admire in any other corner of the planet. Ecuador, home to around 1,772 bird species, ranks as the fourth country with the highest bird diversity in the world. In the depths of this cloud forest, 650 different species await you, 36 of them endemic and exclusive to this region. Open your eyes wide and let your gaze delight in these beautiful birds perched on their branches or soaring across the skies above you. Prepare for an unforgettable experience in this natural sanctuary of feathers and songs.

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Green-crowned Brilliant hummingbird feeding on nectar at Mashpi Lodge, immersed in Ecuador's cloud forest.
Lodge
Samantha Lalangui

Unveiling the Vibrant Plumage of Hummingbirds

The Mashpi Reserve is located in a stunning natural setting northwest of Quito, Ecuador. It is a true home to colorful hummingbirds, one of the most fascinating species in the animal world. These species of hummingbirds inhabit almost the entire American continent, and the estimated lifespan of a hummingbird is 3 to 4 years. Researchers estimate that about 300 species live in Ecuador, and more than half live there.

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Explore the wildlife of Mashpi
Lodge
Samantha Lalangui

Explore the Wildlife of Mashpi

Explore the wildlife of Mashpi and immerse yourself in one of the most captivating aspects of its ecosystem: the remarkable diversity of mammals. Here, you have a unique opportunity to observe these elusive and fascinating animals in their natural habitat.

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Mashpi Evening Exterior
Lodge
Christopher Klassen

How do I plan a group stay at Mashpi Lodge?

Embarking on a group journey to Mashpi Lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature and each other in one of the most biodiverse sanctuaries on the planet. Nestled in the heart of Ecuador’s majestic rain and cloud forests, this eco-luxury Lodge promises an immersive experience that bundles unforgettable adventure, plush relaxation, and insightful learning. 

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Nature
Christopher Klassen

What’s the Difference Between Jungle and Rainforest?

When we hear the words “jungle” and “rainforest,” images of lush, verdant landscapes teeming with life often come to mind. These terms are frequently used interchangeably, creating a common misconception that they refer to the same thing. However, this is not entirely the case.

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MASHPI FACHADA
Nature
Christopher Klassen

Top 10 Amazon Rainforest Facts

Amazon Rainforest Facts Prepare to unravel the most distinctive features of the Amazon Rainforest, Earth’s largest tropical haven, and discover Mashpi Lodge, hailed as an eco-paradise in Ecuador. Throughout this blog, we’ll explore ten captivating facts about the Amazon and how Mashpi Lodge complements its preservation and enhances its magic.

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Birds on a branch, one in flight, in the biodiverse Mashpi forest, Ecuador.
Lodge
Samantha Lalangui

A Sanctuary for Extraordinary Birds

Welcome to the fascinating world of birds. At the Mashpi Reserve, you will immerse yourself in a true paradise of avian diversity. Here, you will find unique and colorful species that you cannot admire in any other corner of the planet. Ecuador, home to around 1,772 bird species, ranks as the fourth country with the highest bird diversity in the world. In the depths of this cloud forest, 650 different species await you, 36 of them endemic and exclusive to this region. Open your eyes wide and let your gaze delight in these beautiful birds perched on their branches or soaring across the skies above you. Prepare for an unforgettable experience in this natural sanctuary of feathers and songs.

Read More »
Green-crowned Brilliant hummingbird feeding on nectar at Mashpi Lodge, immersed in Ecuador's cloud forest.
Lodge
Samantha Lalangui

Unveiling the Vibrant Plumage of Hummingbirds

The Mashpi Reserve is located in a stunning natural setting northwest of Quito, Ecuador. It is a true home to colorful hummingbirds, one of the most fascinating species in the animal world. These species of hummingbirds inhabit almost the entire American continent, and the estimated lifespan of a hummingbird is 3 to 4 years. Researchers estimate that about 300 species live in Ecuador, and more than half live there.

Read More »
Explore the wildlife of Mashpi
Lodge
Samantha Lalangui

Explore the Wildlife of Mashpi

Explore the wildlife of Mashpi and immerse yourself in one of the most captivating aspects of its ecosystem: the remarkable diversity of mammals. Here, you have a unique opportunity to observe these elusive and fascinating animals in their natural habitat.

Read More »
Mashpi Evening Exterior
Lodge
Christopher Klassen

How do I plan a group stay at Mashpi Lodge?

Embarking on a group journey to Mashpi Lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature and each other in one of the most biodiverse sanctuaries on the planet. Nestled in the heart of Ecuador’s majestic rain and cloud forests, this eco-luxury Lodge promises an immersive experience that bundles unforgettable adventure, plush relaxation, and insightful learning. 

Read More »
An camera drone designed for environmental monitoring perched in the lush, mossy cloud forest at Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador.
Lodge
Isabel Espinoza

Meet the Forest Guardians of the Mashpi Forest

The dictionary definition of a guardian is a person who cares for or guards something, but beyond that strict definition, a guardian could also be a thing or an animal, not just a human: a dog or any other animal that defends or protects. Today, technology also acts, one way

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A serene meditation session in the tranquil surroundings of Mashpi Lodge, where the natural harmony of Ecuador's cloud forest promotes wellness.
Lodge
Kevin Wright

Visit Mashpi Lodge Rainforest Spa: Wellness and so much more!

Experience a completely revolutionary definition of wellness in Ecuador by visiting the Mashpi Lodge Rainforest Spa.  This rainforest spa experience can take your mind off any unpleasant thoughts that may be plaguing you. Staying here will invigorate your soul and give you peace of mind. We are happy to announce

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Lodge
Daniela Vaca

What are we doing to ensure your safety during your journey with us?

At Mashpi Lodge, your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us By focusing our preparation, protocols, and procedures on the traveler experience, we can prioritize your safety and wellbeing throughout your time with us. A solid, capable, and proven staff handle everyday safety checks of our hotels,

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Illuminated Ecolodge Mashpi at dusk, a modern retreat in the midst of Ecuador's lush cloud forest.
Lodge
Daniela Vaca

What distinguishes Mashpi Lodge from other ecolodges?

Ecuador has become a leading ecotourism destination thanks to growing international appreciation for its outstanding levels of biodiversity. Choosing where to stay often becomes more difficult for those looking to make an environmentally conscious decision. The global sphere has only recently begun defining sustainable tourism, and green standards are not

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Mashpi Lodge nestled in the heart of Ecuador's cloud forest, harmonizing luxury with the surrounding pristine nature.
Lodge
Kevin Wright

How safe is Mashpi?

Concerned about potential dangers in the cloud forest? You shouldn’t be! Mashpi Lodge is a remarkably safe place to visit.

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Green-crowned Brilliant hummingbird feeding on nectar at Mashpi Lodge, immersed in Ecuador's cloud forest.
Lodge
Samantha Lalangui

Unveiling the Vibrant Plumage of Hummingbirds

The Mashpi Reserve is located in a stunning natural setting northwest of Quito, Ecuador. It is a true home to colorful hummingbirds, one of the most fascinating species in the animal world. These species of hummingbirds inhabit almost the entire American continent, and the estimated lifespan of a hummingbird is 3 to 4 years. Researchers estimate that about 300 species live in Ecuador, and more than half live there.

Read More »
landscape mashpi lodge 1
Nature
Christopher Klassen

What’s the Difference Between Jungle and Rainforest?

When we hear the words “jungle” and “rainforest,” images of lush, verdant landscapes teeming with life often come to mind. These terms are frequently used interchangeably, creating a common misconception that they refer to the same thing. However, this is not entirely the case.

Read More »
MASHPI FACHADA
Nature
Christopher Klassen

Top 10 Amazon Rainforest Facts

Amazon Rainforest Facts Prepare to unravel the most distinctive features of the Amazon Rainforest, Earth’s largest tropical haven, and discover Mashpi Lodge, hailed as an eco-paradise in Ecuador. Throughout this blog, we’ll explore ten captivating facts about the Amazon and how Mashpi Lodge complements its preservation and enhances its magic.

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bidwatching mashpi lodge expedition
Nature
Kevin Wright

What are the Best  Rainforest Lodges in Ecuador?

While traveling to the other side of the world to experience the wilderness of Ecuador, it’s important that you get the best rainforest lodges for the best bang for your buck, the most bounce for the ounce, or, in less flowery terms, the most value for your money. Spending less or more on your jungle lodge doesn’t

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Mashpi Lodge, a beacon of light in the Amazon Rainforest, stands out against the twilight hues of the dense Ecuadorian jungle.
Nature
Kevin Wright

Traveling to the Amazon Rainforest: What is your best option?

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most stunning regions in the world. Arguably the most important region in terms of biodiversity and conservation.  However, the remoteness of the region can pose some challenges for travelers. In order to help you out with organizing a visit to the Amazon, we have

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nutria
Nature
Christopher Klassen

Surprise in the DragonFly

The Mashpi Dragonfly is an excellent example of capturing the rarest moments. The dragonfly allows you to see the forest from a completely different perspective. New species of plants have already been recorded from the dragonfly. And I say this because it is my first close encounter with this species

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Misty cloud forest canopy at Mashpi Lodge, showcasing the lush greenery and biodiversity of the Ecuadorian rainforest.
Nature
Christopher Klassen

Everything is connected

Get to know how ecology shows us that everything is connected in our living world. From plants and animals to their physical environment and more.

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Twilight view of the modern, eco-friendly Mashpi Lodge nestled in the Ecuadorian cloud forest, promoting sustainable luxury.
Nature
Christopher Klassen

The Mashpi Lodge story

The story of Mashpi Lodge begins in 2001, when businessman and former mayor of Quito Roque Sevilla decided to purchase a section of the Ecuadorian Chocó forest

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Mashpi Waterfall
News
Gustavo Garces

All of a Flutter for Earth Day

A remarkable addition to Ecuador’s biodiversity has been unveiled: a new butterfly species discovered in the Andean Chocó region, nestled within the pristine confines of the 2,800- hectare private Mashpi-Tayra reserve. This region, renowned for its unparalleled biodiversity, faces looming threats from human encroachment, highlighting the urgency of conservation efforts.

Read More »
Vibrant hummingbird feeding from a red flower in the misty Mashpi Reserve, a moment of nature's harmony captured.
News
Christopher Klassen

The Mashpi Project

We’re therefore pleased to bring you news of a creative endeavor that will attempt to bring home just how special this part of our planet is.

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Research
Christopher Klassen

Visions of the forest

Si me preguntaran qué es lo que más me cautiva del bosque nublado, tendría que ser su dramatismo. Las selvas tropicales son planas.

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life center news
Research
Christopher Klassen

Life Center News

The Life Center: A Haven for Butterfly Conservation Nixon works at the Life Center in Mashpi Lodge and is in charge of maintaining and finding the host plants for butterflies. To find the plants where butterflies lay their eggs, which are very specific for each species, Nixon goes to the

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Stealthy puma caught on camera, prowling the lush underbrush near Mashpi Lodge, a rare glimpse into the secretive life of wild cats.
Research
Christopher Klassen

Pumas in Mashpi Lodge

Get inspired by an incredible true story of a special encounter between a tour guide and a puma at the beautiful Mashpi Lodge. Read all about it!

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Close-up of a vibrant beetle on a leaf, magnified to reveal intricate details, part of the biodiversity at Mashpi Lodge.
Research
Christopher Klassen

Surprise in the Forest!

Join us as we explore Mashpi Lodge and take a look at this surprise the forest had to offer. Learn about armadillos, mountain garlic, and many more.

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An inquisitive Andean Pygmy Owl perched on a branch at Mashpi Lodge, a vibrant gaze amidst the greenery.
Research
Christopher Klassen

The find of a lifetime

Learn about the beauty and variety of Bromeliads found only in American tropics, while uncovering your own find of a lifetime at Mashpi Lodge.

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A large tarantula on a mossy tree bark at Mashpi Lodge, showcasing the lodge's diverse ecosystem.
Research
Christopher Klassen

Mama tarantula

The mama tarantula tends to get very nervous when something approaches her young, they are very protective mothers.

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Delicate spiderweb at Mashpi Lodge, bejeweled with morning dew drops against a misty backdrop.
Research
Christopher Klassen

Spiders in the Mist

Learn how scientists unraveled one of nature’s mysteries and explore an unforgettable rainforest experience with spiders in the mist.

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Vacations
Daniela Vaca

Mashpi Activities for Families

EcuadorThe 2,500-hectare (6,177-acre) private Mashpi reserve is a place to learn, transform, and grow and for families to bond. What sets Mashpi apart from other lodges is that it has several different activities for families that allow guests to experience the cloud forest in a unique way. There is something

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Monument marking the Equator, Mitad del Mundo, a must-visit in Quito, included in Mashpi Lodge package with a stay at Casa Gangotena.
Vacations
Daniela Vaca

Things to Do in Quito

Whether you’re looking for a cultural experience or an outdoor adventure, here are the top ten things to do in Quito. Plan your adventure today!

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Green-crowned Brilliant hummingbird feeding on nectar at Mashpi Lodge, immersed in Ecuador's cloud forest.
Lodge
Samantha Lalangui

Unveiling the Vibrant Plumage of Hummingbirds

The Mashpi Reserve is located in a stunning natural setting northwest of Quito, Ecuador. It is a true home to colorful hummingbirds, one of the most fascinating species in the animal world. These species of hummingbirds inhabit almost the entire American continent, and the estimated lifespan of a hummingbird is 3 to 4 years. Researchers estimate that about 300 species live in Ecuador, and more than half live there.

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The elusive Penelope ortoni perches quietly amidst the greenery of Mashpi Lodge, its red eyes a window to the cloud forest's soul.
Wildlife
Christopher Klassen

Rare Beasts and Hidden Jewels in the Ecuador Eco Lodge

Rare beasts set the tone for the unparalleled experience at Mashpi, an eco lodge nestled in Ecuador’s cloud forest. No two days are ever the same here. While there are moments when you can see and hear the common animals that delight the guests, there are also extraordinary days when you come across species so rare that any glimpse of them is a novelty, a great and beautiful surprise for Mashpi’s guests and staff alike.

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Black-cheeked woodpecker perched on a tree at Mashpi Lodge, a beacon of avian diversity in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.
Wildlife
Christopher Klassen

The master carpenters of the forest

Woodpeckers are found almost everywhere around the world. Known in Spanish as carpinteros, or carpenters. Find out more about woodpeckers that easily can be spotted in Mashpi.

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