Environmental and social facts
The Lodge was built utilizing pre-assembled steel walls which were mostly put together in Quito before being transported to the Lodge’s location, to minimize impact in the forest. The Lodge uses LED lights in order to reduce energy consumption. It also uses yellow lights not to attract insects at night. The Hotel treats the waste waters biologically, utilizing its organic waste and recycling the solid waste.
The Hotel works with the local community of Mashpi for the provision of organic products existing in the zone. This reduces the carbon trail and provides with income to the community. The purpose of the Lodge is that 80% of its employees be from the local community. Guiding in Mashpi is conducted by the best Naturalist Guides in the country, several of them natives and residents of the zone, who transmit their knowledge of the forest, its biodiversity and world importance with passion and enthusiasm.
The Mashpi Project was one of the first in the country to participate in the governmental program “Cree Ecuador”, devised by the Ministry of Production. This implies that the Ministry invests US $ 1.5 million of the project’s cost. In exchange, the company will collaborate with the Ministry to create and support a local association of the community and that its employees acquire a minimum of 10% of this sum in company shares.
The Mashpi Project has financed the employment of a Resident Biologist since 2010. He and his team have conducted an extensive study in the Reserve which contributed to the Reserve being awarded with an Environmental License from the Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador with a Protected Area of 1300 hectares. The investigation has identified species of frogs that were thought not to exist in the area. An extensive list of birds, insects, mammals and reptiles has also been developed. In addition to financing the resident biologist it also finances the Lodge’s “Life Centre” as a Field Center of Research.
The Mashpi Project has also had an important role in reinforcing the initiative to establish a new and larger Reserve of 17.200 hectares, which was declared as a Protected Area by the Municipality of Quito in May of 2011. The Private Reserve of Mashpi is already inside this bigger reserve, ensuring its future viability and enhancing the success of the Lodge, not only as a source of employment but also to share the learning and experiences with the local communities.
You Can Contribute To A Sustainable Tourism Management
The water processing plant functions biologically with the use of bacteria. For this reason, the Lodge provides biodegradable soaps, shampoos and conditioners which do not affect the water treatment systems. We ask you to please use these articles while you are with us. Due to the nature of the water system, we ask you to dispose only of toilet paper in the actual toilets. Mashpi takes great efforts to minimize its impact on the environment.
Your visit is of the utmost importance to our conservation efforts, helping us to preserve this magical environment for generations to come.
You can surely help us to conserve this treasure of biodiversity by following these recommendations, in addition to those mentioned above:
- Turn off all the lights when you are not in your room.
- Store used batteries to be recycled in an appropriate place away from the Reserve
- Bring your own water bottle to be filled with filtered water from the Lodge’s dispenser or use the water flasks provided by the Lodge and reuse them
- Do not dispose of any waste or trash in the nature trails or anywhere in the forest. Please bring these to the Lodge for systematized disposal and recycling processes.
- Do not feed any animals nor disturb them in any way. Do not destroy the vegetation or step over ants or other insects’ trails, caravans or nests.
- Please follow the guides’ instructions at all times. Stay on the defined trails and keep yourselves with the group, without straying behind to avoid a potential hazard for your own safety.
- Try to keep silent during the walks (except where guides indicate you may speak loudly), in order to better enjoy the natural sounds and not to scare some of the elusive wildlife.