Mashpi Lodge: The Ultimate Family Vacation in Ecuador


A family vacation at Mashpi Lodge is all about learning!

As the large, wooden gates at the front entrance of Mashpi Lodge swing open and your transfer vehicle rolls in, it’s hard not to be instantly impressed by the freshness of it all: dense foliage drooping with enormous leaves, miniature waterfalls cascading gently beside the road, and the recurring calls of the wild. All of these elements (and countless more) completely surround you within a matter of seconds of going in.

It’s no small wonder, then, that families often refer to this initial moment at Mashpi Lodge as “the Jurassic Park moment” – a mysterious threshold that sees our guests completely intrigued to find out just what, exactly, lies beyond those big, mysterious gates. And those initial 5 minutes upon entering the reserve serve as nothing more than a “red carpet” for what awaits at the end of the gravel road – a modern and elegant structure one would never expect to find in the middle of the Ecuadorian rainforest. And yet there it sits, with its doors wide open.

Welcome to Mashpi Lodge: A one-of-a-kind rainforest hotel in Ecuador that offers the Ultimate Family Vacation. Follow along in this blog as we have a look at what activities we have in store for you and your family, should you choose to come visit us!

Family-friendly activities at Mashpi

Activities for young children

Bringing the young ones to Mashpi Lodge is an absolutely ingenious idea: What better way to expose your kid(s) to the wonders of the natural world than right here, in this pristine rainforest?

At Mashpi Lodge, as soon as you step outside each morning, you and your family will have something to admire, touch and learn about. Together with your loved ones, you can opt to swing from the sturdy vines, play in the gentle creeks, or point out the insects and animals that inhabit the area. Our guides have plenty of experience designing guided tours for families and their children, so you can rest assured that they’ll be focused on providing everyone with a fun and rewarding experience of the Mashpi reserve.

The Mashpi Life Center is an incredible place for young children. Here, families will get to experience the lifecycle of butterflies in real time, watching as this magnificent creature emerges from its chrysalis. Mashpi also has a working laboratory where young children are invited to explore and draw during a creative workshop.

TIP: When bringing younger children that are under the age of three or four, it’s a good idea to bring along a “baby carrier pack” in case they get tired while exploring. Doing so will allow you to comfortably carry them along while you continue exploring the forest trails.

Have you heard about our Mashpi Rangers Adventure?

Fun & Sustainability come together with our Mashpi Rangers activities.

Always keeping in mind that the future of our planet is in the hands of the next generation, Mashpi Lodge invites young explorers (from the ages of 6 and up) to partake in our Young Mashpi Rangers activities!

During their stay at Mashpi Lodge, our young guests are invited to learn about how to explore the forest like true experts, all with the guidance of our Naturalist Guides. Here’s a look at some of the activities that our Young Mashpi Rangers will get to experience with this program:

  • How to mimic the sounds of birds by using tree leaves.
  • How to use wildlife guides to identify animals, insects, and different types of plants.
  • Tutorials on how to safely explore the forest.
  • How to create camouflage for hats using natural resources, so as to avoid disturbing the wildlife.
  • Guided excursions to nearby waterfalls and ponds, night walks, visits to the Life Center and butterfly garden, rides on the Sky Bike, and much more!

At the end of their stay, each of our Young Mashpi Rangers will receive their very own certificate that recognizes the new skills they’ve acquired with these activities!

So relax and feel proud as your kids enjoy these enriching and insightful activities that will help them deepen their understanding, love, and passion for the preservation of their natural surroundings.

If you’d like to inquire or receive more information about this program, please ask our Destination Experts.  They will be glad to answer any questions and help you plan your family vacations to Ecuador.

Activities for kids at Mashpi

Activities for older children

What sets Mashpi apart from other lodges is the fact that is has several different rides and activities that allow guests to experience the cloud forest in a number of different ways. The following activities are ideal for slightly older children.


The Sky Bike

Riding the Sky Bike is like riding a tandem bicycle through the jungle canopy. It has room for up to two passengers, meaning you can accompany your child if you wish. As you take a ride on the Sky Bike, you’ll get an unparalleled bird’s-eye view of the cloud forest as well as the rivers and gorges below. Depending on how fast you pedal, the ride takes around 10 minutes to get from point A to point B, which are 200 m (655 feet) apart. A unique experience you should not miss on your family vacation to Ecuador.

Note: Children must be at least 1 meter (3 feet) high to ride the Sky Bike.

Family activities in Ecuador

The Dragonfly

The Dragonfly gondola ride is often times seen as one of the biggest highlights of a Family Vacation at Mashpi Lodge. The Dragonfly consists of an open-air cable car that, on average, glides some 200 meters (656 feet) above the forest floor. Guests are taken across 2 kilometers (over 1 mile) of forest, bringing them within arms-length of the canopy itself at certain points!

Dragonfly Canopy Gondola in the Mashpi Reserve

Night Walks

Night walks are thrilling for everyone, but perhaps even more so for young explorers. Under the cover of night, guests are treated to an entirely different group of animals that only come out at night. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll definitely want to get that flashlight and camera ready to snap some shots of nocturnal snakes, tarantulas, frogs and glow-in-the-dark fungus, all of it in the company of one of our fantastic Naturalist Guides that have remarkable night vision!


Mashpi Laboratory

For the aspiring biologists in your family, our working Laboratory is an exciting place to hang out in. Here, children are invited to examine a wide variety of animal specimens collected from the reserve and can even investigate the structure of butterfly wings through a microscope. It’s a new experience on your family vacation to Ecuador.

A visit to the lab is also an opportunity to meet Mashpi’s resident scientists who are continually working on projects to learn more about the lives of the plants and animals that inhabit the reserve.

Activities for kids in the cloud forest at Mashpi Lodge

Creative Art Projects

For our young guests with an artistic flair, Mashpi offers activities like painting and printing designs on t-shirts. The kids are sure to find inspiration in the surrounding natural beauty of the lodge and won’t have a hard time getting those creative juices flowing!

Getting creative in the forest

Activities for teenagers at Mashpi Lodge

In addition to all the aforementioned activities at Mashpi Lodge, teenagers that are looking to take a break from their remarkable surroundings will be pleased to know that there’s several options available for simple relaxation, too. From a soothing dip in the hot tub, an invigorating stretch on the yoga deck or a delicious SPA treatment (that’s sure to ease those worries away!), Mashpi Lodge activities will not disappoint. Teenagers are also free to lounge out at any one of the numerous, comfortable nooks throughout the Lodge and enjoy a book or browse the web with our high-speed complimentary Wi-Fi.

All-in-all, the number and variety of activities for families at Mashpi Lodge provides a well-rounded experience that is sure to put a smile on the faces of both kids and adults alike. We are proud of the fact that, at Mashpi Lodge, every member of the family will get to participate in something that, regardless of age, will inspire a child-like excitement for the natural wonders of the Ecuadorian rainforest, right here at this one-of-a-kind eco-lodge!

So, are you ready to give your family the gift of adventure? Make your reservation at Mashpi Lodge today by clicking here! Start planning your family vacation to Ecuador.

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