Welcome to Mashpi Lodge
Sublimely elegant. Uniquely natural.
Close enough to touch.
A hideaway in the forest only accessible to its privileged guests and located on a scenic plateau, the lodge features breathtaking views of the surrounding forested mountains right up close through its floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows. Like a cathedral to the natural world, it protrudes from the verdant hillside, holding unknown comforts and pleasures within.
The undiscovered natural side of Quito
It seems unfathomable that such a wild and remote site could even be associated with a city, yet Mashpi lies within the Metropolitan District of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The lodge perches at 950 metres (3,117 feet) above sea level and the reserve in which it is located ranges in altitude from 500 metres to 1200 metres above sea level. Even our local guests express amazement that such an incredible wilderness lies within the city borders and that it can be reached without complicated logistics.
Conservation and Comfort
Mashpi Lodge was built with the latest techniques for sustainable construction – like parts preassembled in Quito – and is designed to blend perfectly with its natural environs. It is strikingly-contemporary, featuring modernist design and décor, mixing warm earth tones, steel, stone and glass in salient perspectives: a true cocoon amid the forest.
Enjoy the magnificent view
Open-air panoramic terrace
On the upper level, a lovely open-air terrace with pergola style roof, seats and tables, provides a space for guests to enjoy splendid views and a place to relax with the sounds of the forest and its inhabitants almost at touching distance.
This is a favorite venue for early-morning bird-watching. Grab your binoculars and scroll down to watch birds from the terrace.
Indulge in luxury
Services & Facilities
Offering a range of beauty treatments and massages, our spa allows you to indulge and de-stress, reconnecting with yourself and with the essence of nature. With a massage room on our terrace, treatments come accompanied by uplifting birdsong, to a backdrop of boundless beauty.
A small boutique sells a variety of books, guides, clothes and souvenirs as well as toiletries and other essentials for guests. Treat yourself, friends and family to fragrant essential oils, award-winning Ecuadorian chocolate, or a one-of-a-kind shirt depicting Mashpi’s best-loved creatures.
Like a ship’s prow staring into the the steaming forest, our viewing platform juts out over the plateau, a metal structure that provides a space where you can be immersed in the world of Mashpi, surrounded by the calls of the birds and erratic dance of the butterflies.
An extensive library of books awaits in the Reading and Learning Room on the first floor, a space also used by the Naturalist Guides and the Resident Biologist to present talks to guests, providing in-depth information about the forest and its spectacular inhabitants.
Led by our entomologist, the laboratory is home to investigation projects carried out in the Mashpi Reserve, looking into all kinds of living creatures. A particular interest is paid to invertebrates, looking into small organisms like miniature bees, aquatic insects in the rivers around the reserve, up to the variations in butterflies depending on the altitude.
Located an easy 20-minute walk from the Lodge, the Life Center is one of the most magical places in the Reserve. Watch tayras and tropical birds come to feed as you relax or breakfast on the wooden deck, feeling at one with nature. You can also learn about the metamorphosis of the different species of butterflies that inhabit the reserve.