Perched 950 metre above sea level in Ecuador's wildlife rich Chocó forest, Mashpi is a stunning eco-lodge nestled amid a vast expanse of untamed wilderness. The brainchild of visionary creator and conservationist Roque Sevilla,it is at the centre of the Mashpi Reserve, 1,200 hectares of diverse ecosystems encompassing both cloud and rainforests. While visiting a place like this would usually be synonymous with a more rustic experience, Mashpi Lodge brings a decidedly urban level of comfort and luxury to jungle exploration. Designed with the latest techniques in sustainable construction, the Lodge's huge glass walls and natural tones render it almost invisible amid the verdant foliage. The lodge's Wayra rooms and three spacious Yaku suites are elegant examples of contemporary design, accented with warm, sustainable wood and equipped with deep Phillipe Starcke-inspired bathtubs. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide around the clock show of the surrounding forest's constantly shifting sights and sounds, with subdued LED lighting and automatic blinds allowing you to create the perfect atmosphere.
When you are ready to venture from your room, you have a seemingly limitless natural playground to explore. Experienced guides, many of whom have grown up in the forest, will lead you on expeditions through the reserve to discover the astonishing range of flora and fauna that thrives here. Travel through the canopy via a sky bike suspended high in the trees, gain a 360-degree view of the jungle from the eight-storey observation tower and see the brightly-coloured inhabitants of the hummingbird garden. After a busy day exploring, recharge with a massage treatment in the Samay Wellness Centre before exploring Ecuador's rich culinary heritage in Mashpi's dining room, where you can sample dishes inspired by unique flavours of the forest.
THINGS TO DO AT THE RESORT:
Absorb the cloud forest views from the expansive panoramic open-air terrace
Relax with a yoga class on the forest-surrounded deck
Indulge in a soothing massage treatment with magical rainforest views at the spa
Wind down in the open-air hot tub at the Samay Wellness Center
Feast on a magical fusion of coastal and Andean cuisine at the restaurant
Observe some of the 15 different species of hummingbirds glide though the lodge’s gardens
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Explore the Howler Monkey Trail in search of native flora and fauna
Trek verdant walking trails to the secluded Mashpi waterfalls
Take a tandem sky bike through the tree tops for a mesmerising bird's eye view of the forest
Scale the observation tower to view toucans and parrots at canopy level
Spot over 400 species of vibrant bird species
Marvel at some of the 200 colourful species at the butterfly farm
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