Lilian Tello

“Running this lodge is a challenge, and doing so while respecting the environment makes it an even greater one” Lilian Tello works in the administrative area of the hotel. She’s in charge of logistics, accounting, buying and more. She has… Read More

Darwin Chalá

“If it wasn’t for this project, there would be no forest” Darwin has worked at Mashpi for five years, in charge of the maintenance of the garden in the Life Centre where the butterfly house is located. This has allowed… Read More

José Napa, The pioneer

“I swear, if it wasn’t for this project there wouldn’t be any forest left here. The chainsaws and their roars were part of the landscape.” Before it was transformed into a protected area and had the Mashpi Reserve as its… Read More

Marc Bery, General Manager

“You never get bored at Mashpi” You probably haven’t met Marc Bery yet, but you might well recognise his face. That is, if you’ve seen the episode of the BBC series, ‘Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby’ dedicated to Mashpi… Read More

Andrea Tapia

Andrea is Mashpi Lodge’s Wildlife Research Coordinator. She came to work initially as an entomologist, in charge of the laboratory and all the projects relating to insects. She has a degree in Biology from San Francisco University in Quito, and… Read More

Meet our science team

Andrea Tapia Scientific Research Coordinator Andrea was born in Quito but she spent most of her childhood in the highlands of the central Andes in Ecuador, where her passion for nature developed. After being surrounded by nature her entire life… Read More

Nancy Calispa – Spa

Mashpi Lodge is a haven for exploration and biology where you can push yourself to your limits: rising at dawn, wading through rivers, and climbing up towers into the clouds. But beyond the adventure, Mashpi is a place to be… Read More


Fernando Arias from Mindo, is 30 years old but can’t believe he’s that age. With the cheekiest of smiles, Fernando is forever playing practical jokes on his fellow guides, though in the hotel you’ll find him making articulate presentations in… Read More

Oswaldo Araujo, Mashpi’s Chef

Guests are often surprised at the sky-high quality of the cuisine at Mashpi: a buffet at lunch overflowing with ceviches, sandwiches and meat and fish options, as well as delicate pastries, while a la carte dinner boasts delicate soups and… Read More

Butterfly men

In the middle of the Life Centre you will find its colourful, fluttering heart: the Butterfly House, home to dozens of winged creatures, flying erratically from leaf to leaf. Flashes of orange, translucent panes and eagle eyes blink into sight… Read More
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