Mashpi lodge research lab

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An open drawer reveals a curated collection of vibrant butterflies, showcasing biodiversity research at Mashpi Lodge.

Mashpi Research Lab enhances the experience of exploring the mega-diverse flora, fauna, and beauty of the Andean tropical forest outside Quito, Ecuador. It’s one thing to glimpse these wonders; it’s another to understand and appreciate what you’ll see. Mashpi Lodge, set amid 6,177 acres of cloud forest in the Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve, assures that guests can do both with its interactive Mashpi Laboratory, which opened in July 2017.

Located right onsite, just steps from the main Lodge, the laboratory offers an opportunity for guests to interact with and learn from Mashpi’s resident biologist and guides. The interior space of the laboratory, stretching 65 square feet within a glass structure, is arrayed with myriad exhibits such as amphibian and reptile terrariums and pinned insects, including flamboyantly colored butterflies, bees, and bugs.

Documenting insects

Learn more about Mashpi Lab

As innovative as the LodgeLodge itself, the remarkable thing about the Mashpi Lab is that, in addition to being a functioning scientific facility, it is a showroom, museum, and hands-on biology classroom with a critical mission. Through interactive exhibits, visitors can learn about the importance of conservation efforts in preserving this endangered environment, view taxidermy specimens, and explore the fascinating wildlife that inhabits the rainforest. In addition to its educational aspects, Mashpi Lodge Laboratory offers a wide range of fun activities for all ages.

From guided hikes through the lush rainforest to night walks and observing nocturnal creatures, there is something for everyone. This experience will give visitors a deeper appreciation for nature. The laboratory also offers a stereomicroscope with two eyepieces—much more manageable for young eyes to examine things up close.

Guests can lend a hand with the Lodge’s ongoing camera trap project and learn about microphotography in the Mashpi Laboratory’s studio. Conservation work is also available for those interested in learning, with opportunities to assist in identifying and documenting insects’ color, size, and other characteristics.

Mashpi Research Lab
Mashpi Research Lab

Mashpi Lab Great for kids

The Mashpi Lodge Laboratory is an excellent place for kids to learn about the surrounding ecosystem and have fun at the same time. It offers an unforgettable experience where kids can have hands-on encounters with nature and explore the wonders of the rainforest. They will be able to explore the forest, with its varied species and breathtaking landscapes, and learn more about conservation efforts. Visiting the laboratory will give visitors a deeper understanding of our tropical rainforest and its complex ecosystem. The Mashpi Lodge Laboratory is an excellent place for kids and adults to have fun, learn, and explore!

Kids Lab

An unforgettable adventure

Whether you’re looking to learn more about nature or have an unforgettable adventure, there’s something for everyone at Mashpi Lodge Laboratory! With so many activities and interactive exhibits, the Mashpi Lodge Laboratory is a great way to engage in the wonders of nature. Visit the Mashpi Lodge Laboratory and explore all the fantastic things the tropical rainforest offers.

 The Mashpi Research Lab is open daily from 8:30am to 10pm and upon request.

Tourists observing a yellow land iguana in its natural habitat at Finch Bay, Galapagos, included in Mashpi package tours.
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