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UNDERSTANDING THE FOREST

What’s the Weather like at Mashpi Lodge? Seasons, Species, Tips and more!

What’s the Weather like at Mashpi Lodge? Seasons, Species, Tips and more!

Reading Time: 8 minutes Surrounded by towering waterfalls, soaring exotic trees, and seemingly unending, countless tones of green, Mashpi …
What’s the difference between the Choco and the Amazon in Ecuador?

What’s the difference between the Choco and the Amazon in Ecuador?

Reading Time: 8 minutes A Place Apart: The Choco Cloud Forest in Ecuador The Ecuadorian Choco, part of a broader biogeographical region …
Do we really know what evolution is?

Do we really know what evolution is?

Reading Time: 5 minutes By: Augusto Rodríguez Flores. Let’s start by saying that all biological organisms are grouped into natural …
Diversity, Speciation and Endemism

Diversity, Speciation and Endemism

Reading Time: 8 minutes When we talk about the forests of Mashpi, a term that often crops up is diversity.
Everything is connected

Everything is connected

Reading Time: 14 minutes “The life of plants and animals is, in a way, the sum of their interactions with other plants and animals and …
The Mashpi Lodge story

The Mashpi Lodge story

Reading Time: 3 minutes The story of Mashpi Lodge begins in 2001, when businessman and former mayor of Quito Roque Sevilla decided to …
Spies in the forest!

Spies in the forest!

Reading Time: 6 minutes The forests have spies; guardians that try to detangle the mysteries guarded by the woods, to understand their …
Fernando Timpe: From logger to forest protector

Fernando Timpe: From logger to forest protector

Reading Time: 5 minutes Fernando Timpe knows Mashpi Reserve, where Mashpi Lodge is located, like the back of his hand. He was part of its …
Have you ever wondered how birds got their beaks?

Have you ever wondered how birds got their beaks?

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is incredible to see the enormous diversity in the shape, size and design of their beaks.
The Chocó and the Pacific

The Chocó and the Pacific

Reading Time: 5 minutes A bio-region and important hotbed of diversity for the planet, is a game between mountains and the sea.
Peeling back the stratum of a humid tropical forest

Peeling back the stratum of a humid tropical forest

Reading Time: 6 minutes Humid tropical forests are tangles of complexity; layers upon layers of ecosystems, microhabitats and …
Research + scientific projects in Mashpi

Research + scientific projects in Mashpi

Reading Time: 4 minutes The investigation department is the home of various projects carried out in the Mashpi Reserve.
The Magic of Mashpi

The Magic of Mashpi

Reading Time: 9 minutes Visiting Mashpi Lodge, I am reminded of the feeling of awe and wonder. That sense of amazement, a blend of …
New species of Magnolia found in Mashpi Reserve

New species of Magnolia found in Mashpi Reserve

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s not every day that new species are discovered and catalogued. But in the Mashpi Reserve’s 1,200 hectares …
Deciphering the forest: The transition between the rain and the clouds

Deciphering the forest: The transition between the rain and the clouds

Reading Time: 7 minutes The forests of Mashpi are found in this quandary between high and low, an eternal sway, creating an entirely …
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