September 5, 2018

THE LUMINOUS TRAIL


Max.1006m
Min.959m
Incline5%
Time40 min.
Total50m
Time10 min.
Total677m
Time30 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

This is a short and easy trail which we use mostly for night walks due to its richness in insects. It’s named after the luminous ‘fox fire’ fungus that occurs here. It’s a glow in the dark living experience!

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September 5, 2018

HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN



Max.1281m
Min.951m
Incline6%
Time1:30h
Total5,3km
Time1:30h

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

The forests of Mashpi boast 32 hummingbird species identified to date, inhabiting different specific altitudes, with around 19 species alone observable by guests in this garden. In order to make it easier to see these amazing creatures, we placed several hummingbird feeders and fruit feeders, in front a shelter with seating providing the ideal setting. Here, apart from hummingbirds, we can also frequently spot fruit feeder species such as toucans, tanagers, squirrels, etc. The site is located at a natural viewpoint, which, on clear days, provides breath-taking views of the Reserve’s forested hills. This is a paradise for photographers, regardless of your level of experience, as well as a place to calmly connect with birds and nature.

Although this is a hard trail due to the distance, you can also reach the hummingbird garden by car in only 15 minutes.

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September 4, 2018

OBSERVATION TOWER

ENJOY AN ENDLESS VIEW OF THE CLOUD FOREST

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ENJOY AN ENDLESS VIEW OF THE CLOUD FOREST

THE OBSERVATION TOWER

One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Mashpi is from the observation tower. From here, we can appreciate a wonderful view of the canopy and the complex structure of the tropical forest, and on clear days we can see the lodge, the Reserve’s boundaries and a mosaic of forest, crops and little villages beyond.

The tower is a metal structure with a staircase that rises about eight stories (26 m or 85 ft), ideal for the wildlife lovers. Species spotted from here include toucans, woodpeckers, barbets, tanagers and parrots, as well as birds of prey.

  • Sky Bike Trail
  • The Walking Palm Trail
Sky Bike Trail
Max.1025m
Min.1005m
Incline10%
Time
Total540m
Time15 min.
Total160m
Time5 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

The observation tower is located near the Sky Bike and we combine the two activities.

The combination of activities – Sky Bike, Observation Tower and hike – lasts about 3 hours.

The Walking Palm Trail
Max.1023m
Min.995m
Incline1%
Time50 min.
Total850m
Time25 min.
Total640m
Time25 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

This trail leads from the Sky Bike landing station to the road, following the course of the river. Here we can come across a very special palm: Irearthea deltoidea, famous for being able to ‘walk’ towards the light in order to improve its chances of growth.



September 4, 2018

THE SKY BIKE

ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM ABOVE

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THE SKY BIKE

Located close to the hotel, the Sky Bike makes for an original and exciting way to explore the forest canopy up close. Designed for two people to use at once, one person pedals the bike along a cable stretched between two points in the forest, around 200 m (655 feet) apart, crossing a beautiful gorge above a river flowing between rocks and trees below. Silent, easy-to-use and fun, it’s an activity for children over 1 m high accompanied by an adult, providing guests with the chance to fly over the natural world close to the lodge and even spot its denizens. The ride takes 10 minutes or 20 round-trip.

EXPLORATIONS DETAILS

The intrepid Sky Bike at the Ecuador eco lodge
  • Sky Bike Trail
  • The Walking Palm Trail
Sky Bike Trail
Max.1025m
Min.1005m
Incline10%
Time
Total540m
Time15 min.
Total160m
Time5 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

To get to the Sky Bike, we walk 15 minutes along the access road, and then just 5 minutes (160 m) along a short trail.

We can combine the Sky Bike with other activities like a hike on the Walking Palm trail to the Laguna waterfall and walk back to the lodge from there (1 hour, 1.5 miles). For a longer walk, we can take the Capuchin trail and walk to the Healing waterfall (a demanding hike and only recommended for people in good physical conditions because the hike is 2-miles long and takes 2.5 hours).

The combination of activities – Sky Bike, Observation Tower and hike – lasts about 3 hours.

The Walking Palm Trail
Max.1023m
Min.995m
Incline1%
Time50 min.
Total850m
Time25 min.
Total640m
Time25 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

This trail leads from the Sky Bike landing station to the road, following the course of the river. Here we can come across a very special palm: Irearthea deltoidea, famous for being able to ‘walk’ towards the light in order to improve its chances of growth.



September 4, 2018

THE DRAGONFLY

THE FOREST LIKE YOU’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED IT BEFORE

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THE DRAGONFLY

The highlight of any trip to Mashpi is the Dragonfly – an exciting, open-air cable car system that carries you over, across and sometimes even directly through the forest canopy, offering guests a relaxing way to enjoy the reserve from overhead.

The entire setup consists of two main stations, six towers (with an intermediate station that guests can get off at if they wish), and four gondolas. The gondolas are equidistant and separated by a distance of 500 meters/1,640 feet. Each gondola moves along the 2 km/1.24 mi length of cable at a low speed of 50 meters/160 feet per minute. The guides can stop the gondola at any point to allow for an extended observation of any flora and/or fauna that catches your eye. An entire circuit (roundtrip) takes about 40-minutes to complete. Gondolas can carry up to 4 guests (plus 1 guide).

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EXPLORATIONS DETAILS

Max.1008m
Min.820m
Total2km
Time2h
Total2km
Time2h

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

This is the complete Dragonfly experience, for those guests who just don’t want to get off! You stay on board all the way from the departure station to the end station, and then return all the way.

We can also enjoy the Dragonfly ride just to the Tower 4 and back – recommended for people with severe vertigo.


THE DRAGONFLY & HIKES

  • The Magnolia Waterfall + Dragonfly
  • The Jungle Swing Trail + Dragonfly
The Magnolia Waterfall + Dragonfly
Max.960m
Min.740m
Incline0.3%
Time1:30h
Total1,4km
Time1:30h

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

We take the Magnolia Trail from the lodge, walking through a beautiful patch of forest and stopping at the viewing platform that’s located halfway down the path. Moving along, we come to a great waterfall for a revitalizing dip and a cathartic shower. We then wade and walk downstream through the Laguna River, admiring the colors of the riverbed and spotting birds before finally reaching Tower 4 of the Dragonfly. It is here that we will embark on our gondola journey across the canopy, arriving at the Dragonfly’s main station 20 minutes later.
NOTE: This experience can also be done the other way round, beginning at the Dragonfly’s main station and then hiking back to the lodge.

The Jungle Swing Trail + Dragonfly
Max.964m
Min.769m
Incline20%
Time1:30h
Total930m
Time1:30h

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

This delightful trail starts near the staff house, a short walk from the lodge. It offers an excellent understanding of the regeneration process that forests undergo following deforestation. The first part of the trail was used for pasture just 15 years ago, and now it’s a beautiful young forest, dominated by pioneer species of Miconia tree.

On this trail we can put the story of Tarzan to the test. Vines are bridges connecting the forest canopy, and some are strong enough to hold the weight of a person. Halfway along this trail, we can take a swing on Mashpi’s very own Tarzan rope-vine – shouting like Tarzan optional!

This trail descends to the Laguna River. By wading and walking along the riverbed, we can reach the lovely nearby waterfall for a splash, before returning to the Dragonfly’s Tower 4, and returning to the departure station in a glide.

This experience is a great way to combine walking in the forest with traveling over the treetops.


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