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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mashpi in the Amazon rainforest?

Mashpi is not in the Amazon rainforest but in the biogeographical region of Chocó that runs along Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The Chocó-Andean forest, located northwest of Ecuador, encompasses an area of 124,296 hectares- though only two percent of its original forest.

How do I get to Mashpi Lodge?

The journey to Mashpi Lodge begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Quito is well-connected with the world, through its international airport. There are daily and regular flights connecting major cities in South and Central America, as well as good connections with North America (via Miami, New York, Houston and Atlanta) and Europe (direct from Madrid and Amsterdam). Due to flight times, a night in Quito is usually required. Mashpi Lodge transportation will collect you from one of the city’s main hotels and bring you directly to the Lodge, the trip will last between 3.5 to 4.5 hours. There is no extra charge for transportation.

What is the weather like?

As a tropical cloud and rainforest, Mashpi tends to be warm and humid, getting cooler in the evening. The one thing you can almost be certain of is rain: ranging from light drizzle to dramatic downpours lasting for hours. Temperatures range from 22-24C (71-75 F).

What if my clothes get wet?

Damp clothes from river-splashing and downpours needn’t hold you back: a clothes drying service is free to all guests and sees garments returned within 12 to 24 hours of delivery, depending on demand. Laundry is also available at an extra cost.

What animals can I expect to see?

A staggering 400 species of birds – including some 36 endemics – are estimated to inhabit the forest, fluttering through the canopy. Monkeys, peccaries and even puma make their homes inside the Reserve crisscrossed by waterfalls, all between dramatic, verdant hilla. While you’d be lucky to catch a glimpse of many of these private creatures, a network of camera traps allows to us observe their movements in breath-taking proximity and clarity. A vast range of frogs, toads and butterflies, however, are easy to spot in the reserve.

Will I get bitten by mosquitos?

There are less mosquitos than you would expect in the Mashpi Forest, but it is advisable to wear long sleeves and pants and plenty of repellent while inside the forest.

What about creepy-crawlies in my bedroom?

Outside your window may be abuzz with life, but within, Mashpi Lodge is a bug-free-zone! We recommend keeping your windows closed at night with the air-conditioning on to prevent anything form coming in.

What are check in and check out times?

Guests arrive at the hotel at approximately 12:30 PM and rooms will be available for check-in after lunch at approximately 2:00 PM. Check-out is at 11AM. Transfers leave hotel at 11:30 AM.

Do I have to bring my own boots and raincoats?

The Lodge provides rubber boots for all forest activities (these are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses) as well as ponchos for rain storms, that your guide will carry for you.

Is there Wi-Fi?

Free Wi-Fi is available around the hotel, though it is strongest in public areas.

Can the restaurant cater to my allergies?

The restaurant is able to cater for most dietary requirements, please inform the team before arrival.

What are meal times?

Breakfast begins at 7.30AM, Lunch at 12.30PM, and dinner from 7.30PM. The kitchen remains open until the last guest has had dinner.

Is there room service?

Room service is available on request.

What amenities are in the bedrooms?

All our rooms have:

  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Bathrooms with luxury amenities
  • Hairdryers
  • Wi-Fi Connection
  • Telephone
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Fruit plate on arrival
  • Reusable water flasks
  • Fresh, filtered water

Do I need any specific vaccinations to visit Mashpi?

Although there are no vaccination requirements for Mashpi, the U.S. State Department advises for travel to Ecuador: “The Centers for Disease Control advises travelers to “make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.” In addition, Ecuadorian authorities might require you to show a certificate of yellow fever vaccination when entering or leaving the Amazon Basin area, or when continuing travel to other areas of South America. If possible, you should obtain a yellow fever vaccine prior to departure from the United States.”

Travellers from Brazil, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, or Uganda will be required by the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate as a prerequisite for entry into Ecuador.

Travellers from these countries should be vaccinated at least 10 days before their arrival in Ecuador and show the certificate at migration upon arrival.

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