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The Best Ecuador Rainforest Experience,
a Drive Away From Quito

Welcome to Mashpi Lodge

Located on a scenic plateau in the heart of a biosphere reserve, our Lodge features breathtaking views of the surrounding rainforest, its mountains, and endless unique ecosystems. Every detail, from its architectural grandeur to its sophisticated interiors, allows guests to be deeply immersed in the splendor of nature through its expansive, floor-to-ceiling crystalline windows. Serving as a grand outpost in the unparalleled beauty of the natural realm, Mashpi Lodge stands as an emblematic fusion of opulent comfort and intimate connection to one of our planet’s most mesmerizing locations.
Lush green leaf representing the pristine ecosystem at Mashpi Lodge, set in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.
Vivid green leaf from Mashpi Lodge’s biodiversity, exemplifying the rich flora of the Ecuadorian Chocó forest.
Mashpi Lodge Exterior
Mashpi Lodge Exterior

Location

The undiscovered natural side of Quito

It seems incredible that such a wild and remote site could even be associated with a city, yet Mashpi actually lies within the Metropolitan District of Quito – the capital of Ecuador. The lodge, which is only about 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Quito, was built at 950 meters (3,117 feet) above sea level. The surrounding reserve ranges in altitude from 500 meters to 1200 meters (1,640 to 4,000 ft) above sea level. This transitional state combines with the tropical and subtropical climates to create a spectacular site, teeming with a variety of flora and fauna that is seldom found in such startling variety. Curious about how to get to Mashpi Lodge, check out our blog.

Find our location:
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Design

Engineered with conservation and comfort at heart

Mashpi Lodge was built using the latest techniques in sustainable construction to prevent damage to the surrounding forest, with much of the structure having been preassembled in Quito and designed around the site’s topography to lessen the stress on the local environment.

The Lodge’s design and style enable total immersion through its floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows. Stunningly contemporary and featuring modernist design and decor that mixes warm earth tones, steel, stone, and glass in striking perspectives, Mashpi Lodge makes for a true cocoon of luxury in the middle of the forest. Like a cathedral to the natural world, it is a perfect blend of luxurious comfort and engagement with one of the world’s most stunning environments.

SERVICES & FACILITIES

Indulge & Luxury

Rooms and Suites

Relax, lie back, and watch the greatest show on Earth.

Day Hikes

Enjoy our various excursions!

Spa

Offering a range of beauty treatments and massages, our spa allows you to indulge your senses and liberate your body from tension.

Life Center Butterfly Farm

A wonderful place to watch, listen, and learn about our local wildlife.

viewing platform mashpi

Viewing platform

Much like the majestic prow of a mighty ship, our Viewing Platform majestically extends out over the forest, offering a panoramic view and the ideal spot to immerse yourself in the lushness of Mashpi’s surrounding forest. As you stand upon it, you’ll be left in awe by the view and mesmerized by the melodic calls of the birds and the dance of nearby butterflies.
expedition room mashpi lodge

Expedition room

Nestled on the first floor, our Expedition Room offers an extensive library of books brimming with scientific knowledge and insights. This space, bathed in the soft glow of ambient lighting, also serves as a gathering point where our expert Naturalist Guides brief our guests. Moreover, our dedicated science team will often take center stage here, unveiling discoveries about the forest’s mysteries and shedding light on our tireless conservation endeavors.
laboratory mashpi lodge

Laboratory

Step into a world of discovery at our Laboratory. Led by our devoted Wildlife Project Coordinator, this space functions as the home of investigation projects that are carried out within the Mashpi Reserve. From inquisitive children to seasoned scholars, everyone who enters will be able to learn more about past and ongoing scientific projects that are carried out by our team and guest researchers. This space even has a particular area designed for children, with activities that spark curiosity and kindle the imagination.
boutique mashpi lodge

Boutique

Our small Boutique sells various books, guides, expedition attire, souvenirs, toiletries, and other essentials for guests. Delight your senses with aromatic essential oils, indulge in the rich taste of award-winning Ecuadorian chocolate, or choose a bespoke shirt that captures the spirit of your journey. Whether you’re seeking mementos for yourself or thoughtful gifts for loved ones back home, our Boutique offers a touch of the forest’s magic to carry home.

What to Pack for the Mashpi Rainforest

Check out our recommended packing list for the Mashpi rainforest, and make sure you bring exactly what you need to make the most out of your time with us!

Fresh green leaves from Mashpi Lodge's cloud forest, showcasing the area's rich plant biodiversity.
Fresh green leaves from Mashpi Lodge's cloud forest, showcasing the area's rich plant biodiversity.

Top 5 Essential Items

Hat or Cap

Dark- or Earth-toned Long-sleeve Tees or Expedition Shirts

Dark- or Earth-toned Lightweight Pants

Breathable or Moisture-wicking Crew-length Socks (that won’t slide down in boots)

Comfortable hiking shoes

Useful Items

Sunblock

Camera and Accesories

Lightweight Sweater or Jacket

Portable Flashlight

Ziploc-style Baggies in which to Keep Your Items Dry

Get involved

We are continuously working on forging multiple methods through which our esteemed Guests can get involved with our research and conservation endeavors. At Mashpi, we happily invite our Guests to be more than mere spectators—we are open to having them grace us with their invaluable time as volunteers and/or a donation of scientific tools and/or vital expedition gear.

Additionally, generous financial contributions towards our diverse initiatives not only propel our mission forward but also weave our benefactors into the very fabric of our conservation legacy. Join us and become an integral part of this monumental journey towards preserving the wonders of our world!

Fluffy white cloud illustration, evoking the misty ambiance of Mashpi Lodge's cloud forest.
Fluffy white cloud illustration, evoking the misty ambiance of Mashpi Lodge's cloud forest.
Colorful butterfly, emblematic of the ecological diversity at Mashpi Lodge, poised elegantly.

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Vibrant toucan at Mashpi Lodge

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