Mashpi Experience: 3-Day / 2-Night Program
The adventure starts at 08:00 am from one of the main hotels in Quito.
Mashpi lodge is located three hours away, 110 Km (70Milles) from Quito in the western slope of the occidental flank of the Andes. The rapid change in altitude (from 2800 msnm to 1000 msnm) allows you to discover the wanders of the Andean landscape. The road crosses the valley of Pomasqui dominated by Andean dry forest, and then to the western flank of the Andes through the Cloud Forest and the road ends in Mashpi at the beginning of the tropical rainforest. The monument of “La Mitad del Mundo” (“Middle of the World”), mark the place where you cross the equatorial line and the obelisk commemorates the visit of the geodesic mission in the XVIII century as part of their studies measuring one arc of the meridian and their efforts to proof the elliptical shape of the earth. Half way to Mashpi you stop to visit Tulipe archeological museum, a set of ruins that belonged to the Yumbo culture, one of the last cultures that settled in Quito before the arrival of the Incas and the Spanish. You will enjoy coffee and an Empanada (Turnover) prepared by local citizens of Tulipe and then continue the road for 60 minutes and arrive to Mashpi.
- Transfer In (shared basis) from 4 hotels in Quito: Swissotel, JW Marriott, Hilton and Casa Gangotena, includes a visit to Tulipe Archaeological Site
- Transfer Out (shared basis) to 4 hotels in Quito: Casa Gangotena, Hilton, JW Marriott and Swissotel.
- Hotel Accommodation
- All meals at the lodge
- Guided activities and excursions within the reserve: walks, birdwatching and nature encounters, Sky Bike, Life Center, waterfalls and Hummingbird Garden.
- Unlimited Soft drinks
- Use of rain ponchos and rubber boots
- Dragonfly: $40 + taxes per person per stay for all activities that incorporate this service; $20 + taxes per child under the age of 12.
- Spa treatments
- Alcoholic drinks
- Taxes and service charge, currently: 14% Value Added Tax, 10% Service Charge
- Gratuities, tips and personal expenses
Packing List Items
Guests will be supplied with rubber boots. Please ensure you send us your size. We also have binoculars for guests to use. The lodge also supplies walking poles, but you may want to bring your own.
- Sun block
- Walking shoes/sneakers
- Socks: we recommend joggers’ socks that don’t slip easily inside rubber boots. Asics Tegan Knee-High or Kayano Classic Quarter are both good options. 2 pairs per day are ideal.
- Light-weight, earth- or dark-coloured, long-sleeved T-shirts and shirts
- Earth- or dark-coloured, light-weight trousers
- Light fleece/sweater
- Goretex jacket – guests will also be supplied with waterproof ponchos
- Insect repellent (natural, not chemical like DEET)
- Good binoculars (Guides will have pairs to share)
- Small backpack for trails
- 6 Ziploc bags of different sizes for keeping things dry
- Sealable bag for packing dirty laundry in luggage
- Headlamp (or Flashlight)
- Extra batteries
- Appliance chargers. Plugs in Ecuador are US-style, 2 flat pins 110 volts. 220 volt adaptors can be supplied upon request.
The small boutique at the lodge sells a range of books, guides, clothing (T-shirts, shirts, hats, buffs), crafts, as well as essentials (batteries, health care products, etc.).
We kindly ask that luggage not exceed 45 lbs (20 kilos) in weight, with one item per person.
Due to the Lodge’s waste water management system, we request guests only use biodegradable soaps and shampoos (the Lodge supplies these as part of its amenities), and only flush toilet paper in lavatories.