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UNDERSTANDING THE FOREST

What’s the Weather like at Mashpi Lodge? Seasons, Species, Tips and more!

What’s the Weather like at Mashpi Lodge? Seasons, Species, Tips and more!

Reading Time: 8 minutes Surrounded by towering waterfalls, soaring exotic trees, and seemingly unending, countless tones of green, Mashpi Lodge is located in the very heart of Ecuador´s Choco cloud forest, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. While watching breathtaking videos and looking …
What’s the difference between the Mashpi Reserve and the Amazon in Ecuador?

What’s the difference between the Mashpi Reserve and the Amazon in Ecuador?

A Place Apart: The Mashpi Reserve in Ecuador    The Mashpi Reserve, located in the Ecuadorian Choco (which itself is part of a broader biogeographical region that runs from Panama to the north of Peru), is found along the western slope of the Andes. Located in the northwest corner of Quito’s …
Do we really know what evolution is?

Do we really know what evolution is?

By: Augusto Rodríguez Flores. Let’s start by saying that all biological organisms are grouped into natural units of reproduction, which we know as species. On one hand, species that live on the planet today came from other different species that existed in the past, through a process known as …
Diversity, Speciation and Endemism

Diversity, Speciation and Endemism

Reading Time: 8 minutes When we talk about the forests of Mashpi, a term that often crops up is diversity. …
Everything is connected

Everything is connected

Reading Time: 14 minutes “The life of plants and animals is, in a way, the sum of their interactions with other plants and animals and the environment that they live in.” …
The Mashpi Lodge story

The Mashpi Lodge story

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 …
Spies in the forest!

Spies in the forest!

Reading Time: 6 minutes The forests have spies; guardians that try to detangle the mysteries guarded by the woods, to understand their dynamics and through knowledge and science protect the most sacred and mystic places on the planet. …
Fernando Timpe: From logger to forest protector

Fernando Timpe: From logger to forest protector

Reading Time: 5 minutes Fernando Timpe knows Mashpi Reserve, where Mashpi Lodge is located, like the back of his hand. He was part of its history long before its promoter, Roque Sevilla, had even contemplated building a hotel on the land. At the time, the very idea seemed to be lunacy. …
Have you ever wondered how birds got their beaks?

Have you ever wondered how birds got their beaks?

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is incredible to see the enormous diversity in the shape, size and design of their beaks. …
The Chocó and the Pacific

The Chocó and the Pacific

Reading Time: 5 minutes A bio-region and important hotbed of diversity for the planet, is a game between mountains and the sea. …
Peeling back the stratum of a humid tropical forest

Peeling back the stratum of a humid tropical forest

Reading Time: 6 minutes Humid tropical forests are tangles of complexity; layers upon layers of ecosystems, microhabitats and microclimates mixed into a single one. …
Research + scientific projects in Mashpi

Research + scientific projects in Mashpi

Reading Time: 4 minutes The investigation department is the home of various projects carried out in the Mashpi Reserve. …
The Magic of Mashpi

The Magic of Mashpi

Reading Time: 9 minutes Visiting Mashpi Lodge, I am reminded of the feeling of awe and wonder. That sense of amazement, a blend of delight and incomprehension. …
New species of Magnolia found in Mashpi Reserve

New species of Magnolia found in Mashpi Reserve

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s not every day that new species are discovered and catalogued. But in the Mashpi Reserve’s 1,200 hectares of protected forest, that’s just what happened recently. …
Deciphering the forest: The transition between the rain and the clouds

Deciphering the forest: The transition between the rain and the clouds

Reading Time: 7 minutes The forests of Mashpi are found in this quandary between high and low, an eternal sway, creating an entirely unique place.   …
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