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.
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.
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.