Category: Wildlife

A vibrant Rufous-throated Tanager perched on a branch, indicative of the biodiverse Mashpi Lodge region.
Green-crowned Brilliant hummingbird feeding on nectar at Mashpi Lodge, immersed in Ecuador's cloud forest.
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.
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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