A new day, a new adventure

Our Programs

At Mashpi Lodge, we believe in understanding your passions, interests and abilities in order to make your stay as memorable as possible. We therefore don’t have any set programs. We will make suggestions as to the highlights we think you’ll enjoy most, but really, it’s up to you how you spend your time with us. If you have a particular passion for birds, then we can arrange special treks or activities for you… If you want to meditate at a waterfall in the morning, then let us know… Please do get in touch with us in advance so we can best plan your stay together!

The following are outlines of how you might spend your time at the Lodge, exploring its huge reserve of primary forests and energizing waterfalls, and enjoying the unique activities we’ve designed.

We have a expedition leader who each evening will help you to plan your explorations for the next day, as well as a team of natural guides on hand to make the plans reality.

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Program Details

3 Day / 2 Night Program

The adventure begins at around 08:00 am at one of the main hotels in Quito, when you will be collected by Mashpi transportation. Mashpi Lodge is located 110 km (70 miles) from Quito (view map), on the western flank of the Andes, and on the journey we pass by the monument of “La Mitad del Mundo” (“Middle of the World”) as we cross the equatorial line. The journey then continues westwards, downhill, following the course of the Rio Blanco. After the town of Nanegalito, we head northwest, along winding country roads, passing the archaeological site of Tulipe and various farming communities. We arrive at the Lodge mid-morning.

Your time with us at Mashpi is your own to experience. Along with our expedition staff, you can choose from any of the activities on offer, always accompanied by a University-graduate naturalist guide and an experienced local guide – all at your own pace. On your arrival day, you will plan your activities with the team and receive a talk about Mashpi and all its wonders.

After enjoying lunch and a rest, you’ll head out in the afternoon for your activity, which could include a hike through the forest followed by gliding above and through the forest canopy aboard our amazing and unique Dragonfly aerial cable car…

When darkness falls, a new troupe of creatures emerges: your guides will accompany you in search out tiny (and some transparent!) frogs, snakes, insects and even tarantulas during a Night Walk.

The next day might begin at first light on the panoramic terrace, watching – and hearing – a menagerie of birds stirring around the Lodge. After breakfast, you could hike towards a waterfall, bathing in the tremendous crash of water, head to the Hummingbird Garden, or discover the winged wonders of the Life Centre’s butterflies.

After lunch, how about pedalling between two points of the forest around 200 m (655 feet) apart on the aerial Sky Bike, followed by a climb up the Observation Tower to take in the Reserve in its entirety and watch the sun go down behind the clouds…

For the evening, we have prepared a series of different lectures such as the “Secret Wildlife of Mashpi, the trap camera project”, the “Chocó, a biological hotspot” about the formation and diversity of the Chocó, or about our scientific research projects. The lectures will be given by one of our naturalists or our resident biologist at 7.30 pm.

On your last day, there’s more time to explore the forest trails, head to a different waterfall or find a nook to let the whole experience sink in.

After a delicious lunch, our transport takes you back to Quito in the afternoon.

Program Includes:

  • Transfer in (shared basis) from four hotels in Quito: Swissotel, JW Marriott, Hilton and Casa Gangotena.
  • Transfer out (shared basis) to four 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.
  • Wi-Fi
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Use of rain ponchos and rubber boots

Not Included:

  • Dragonfly cable car ride: $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

4 Day / 3 Night Program

The adventure begins at around 08:00 am at one of the main hotels in Quito, when you will be collected by Mashpi transportation. Mashpi Lodge is located 110 km (70 miles) from Quito (view map), on the western flank of the Andes, and on the journey we pass by the monument of “La Mitad del Mundo” (“Middle of the World”) as we cross the equatorial line. The journey then continues westwards, downhill, following the course of the Rio Blanco. After the town of Nanegalito, we head northwest, along winding country roads, passing the archaeological site of Tulipe and various farming communities. We arrive at the Lodge mid-morning.

Your time with us at Mashpi is your own to experience. Along with our expedition staff, you can choose from any of the explorations on offer, always accompanied by a University-graduate naturalist guide and an experienced local guide – all at your own pace. On your arrival day, you will plan your activities with the team and receive a talk about Mashpi and all its wonders.

After enjoying lunch and a rest, you’ll head out in the afternoon for your activity, perhaps an introductory walk through our magical forest along trails that wind around roots and trees, festooned with orchids, lianas and bromelidas.

When darkness falls, a new troupe of creatures emerges: your guides will accompany you in search out tiny (and some transparent!) frogs, snakes, insects and even tarantulas during a Night Walk.

The next day might begin at first light on the panoramic terrace, watching – and hearing – a menagerie of birds stirring around the Lodge.

After breakfast, you could hike towards a waterfall, bathing in the tremendous crash of water, or perhaps head to the Hummingbird Garden.

Another option is to discover the winged wonders of the Life Centre’s butterflies.

After lunch, how about pedalling between two points of the forest around 200 m (655 feet) apart on the aerial Sky Bike, followed by a climb up the Observation Tower to take in the Reserve in its entirety and watch the sun go down behind the clouds…

For the evening, we have prepared a series of different lectures such as the “Secret Wildlife of Mashpi, the trap camera project”, the “Chocó, a biological hotspot” about the formation and diversity of the Chocó, or about our scientific research projects. The lectures will be given by one of our naturalists or our resident biologist at 7.30 pm.

You might want to save the best to last, on your last morning: a hike through the forest followed by gliding above and through the forest canopy aboard our amazing and unique Dragonfly aerial cable car… A truly incredible experience.

Of course, you could also explore more forest trails, head to a different waterfall or find a nook to let the whole experience sink in.

After a delicious lunch, our transport takes you back to Quito in the afternoon.

Program Includes:

  • Transfer in (shared basis) from four hotels in Quito: Swissotel, JW Marriott, Hilton and Casa Gangotena, includes a visit to Tulipe archaeological site
  • Transfer out (shared basis) to four 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.
  • Wi-Fi
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Use of rain ponchos and rubber boots

Not Included:

  • 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

The perfect combination

Mashpi & The Galapagos Islands

Combine the natural wonders of Mashpi with those of the Galapagos Islands, exploring the archipelago on a cruise or staying at a National Geographic luxury eco-hotel.

Whet your appetite for discovering amazing creatures and getting up close to nature within Mashpi Lodge’s beautiful private reserve before heading out to the islands which revolutionized our place on the planet: the Galapagos. Source of Charles Darwin’s inspiration for his theories about the evolution of species, this volcanic archipelago lies off the coast of Ecuador and is as inspiring today as it was when Darwin visited nearly two centuries ago.

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Discover more of Ecuador

Explore the enchanting plazas and churches of Quito, overflowing with its multicultural history, staying in a restored mansion overlooking the iconic San Francisco monastery. From there, you can head to Otavalo, a traditional Indian market town surrounded by lakes and verdant hills where you’ll find beautiful artisanal crafts. A journey to discover the Spirit of the Andes is a must-do, travelling past along the “Avenue of Volcanoes”, taking in breath-taking landscapes. You can also take the train ride down the famous Devil’s Nose track carved into the Andes. Continue southwards to the impressive Inca ruins of Ingapirca, before spending some time enjoying the architecture, cuisine, culture, crafts and charms of Cuenca, Ecuador’s third-largest city.

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