Mashpi Lodge

Hidden amongst pristine cloud forest in the Andean foothills, Mashpi Lodge is Ecuador’s premier eco-lodge.

A member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, this exceptional eco-lodge is just 2.5 hours by road from Quito and has been built with the latest techniques in sustainability. Surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, dense forests and rivers there are over 400 species of birds, trees, frogs and endemic species found nowhere else in the world.

Blending beautifully into its natural surroundings, the lodge has 23 generously sized suites spread out across three different floors and all designed with floor-to-ceiling windows. There are three room types; the Wawa room (the Kichwa word for “baby”), Wayra rooms (Meaning “wind”) and three Yaku Suites (meaning “water”). There is just the one Wawa Room with the capacity for just 1 guest, ideal for solo travellers. The 20 Wayra rooms accommodate guests in either twin or king beds, whilst there are 3 rooms with inter-connecting capabilities ideal for families. The rooms all feature a writing desk, safe deposit boxes as well as ensuite bathrooms with hairdryers, bathrobes and slippers. The three suites are the largest rooms at Mashpi Lodge with king-sized beds and feature an additional sofa, twin washbasins and Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs that look out into the forest.

The lodge is designed in contemporary fashion and features modernist design and décor that is mixed with warm earth tones, steel, stone and glass creating a cocoon of luxury in the middle of the forest. The lodge features plenty of amenities and thoughtful touches from the Expedition Room – housing an extensive library of books – to the laboratory where ongoing scientific research is carried out. The Laboratory also has a specially-designed area for children to engage young minds. Located an easy 20-minute walk from the main lodge, the Life Centre is where you can relax and enjoy breakfast on the wooden deck or see tropical birds come to feed.

Guests here enjoy gourmet meals in the exquisite two-storey dining room. Meals are prepared fresh daily with expert chefs drawing inspiration from the land – from Ecuador’s coastline to the Andes Mountains. Meals are accompanied by fine wines or delightful cocktails from the bar. The extensive and unique cocktail menu has been designed with the surrounding forest in mind.

If you’re not out exploring the diverse landscapes surrounding the lodge, Samay Wellness Centre offers guests a chance to relax and unwind in nature.  There are two massage rooms where expert staff offer a number of treatments, an outdoor yoga deck ideal for morning meditation as well as an open air hot tub.

Mashpi Lodge offers a wealth of exciting experiences to enjoy – for singles, couples and families alike. An undoubtable highlight is “The Dragonfly”, an open-air cable car that runs through the forest canopy. The Sky Bike is another exciting aerial adventure that crosses a beautiful gorge carrying just 2 people. Other excursions offered include walking trails, waterfall swims and the 26 metre high Observation Tower.

  • A member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World
  • Situated in pristine cloud forest blending into its surrounds
  • Luxurious lodge rooms with beautiful forest views
  • The Expedition room – featuring an extensive library
  • The specifically-built Laboratory positively engaging children’s young minds
  • Exquisite two-storey dining room serving delightfully fresh meals
  • Dedicated bar offering tantalising forest-inspired cocktails
  • The “Dragonfly” gondola and exciting Skybike
  • 26-metre tall Observation Tower
  • Forest walking trails and beautiful waterfalls to explore
  • Refreshing Samay Wellness Centre with its yoga deck and hot tub
  • The “Dragonfly” gondola
  • The Skybike
  • Learn and discovery over 300 species of butterfly at The Life Center
  • Magnolia Waterfall
  • The Observation Tower
  • Hummingbird Garden
  • Jungle Swing Trail
  • Strangler Fig Trail
  • Capuchin Monkey Trail
  • Copal Waterfall
  • Healing Waterfall

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Mashpi Lodge is located 2.5 hours’ drive from Ecuador’s capital city Quito. Quito is serviced by numerous international airlines as well as Latam Airlines – South America’s major airline that runs a comprehensive service throughout the continent.

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Ecuador Overview

What is the best thing to do in Ecuador?
Ecuador offers an incredible array of experiences within its borders; from heritage-rich colonial cities and luxurious rainforest lodges to opulent Amazon River cruises and exciting rail journey’s – there is something for everyone to enjoy. Most compelling of all is the wild beauty and unique fauna of the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador Culture
From Amazonian frontier towns and Pacific fishing villages, to colonial cities and country markets, Ecuador is a blend of a many cultures. The country is famous for its excellent handicrafts, whilst Afro-Ecuadorians are known for marimba, a lively form of traditional music and dance.

What can I combine Ecuador with?
Mainland Ecuador can be easily combined with a cruise through the beautiful Galapagos Islands, located just under 1000 kilometres off the coast. Neighbouring Peru is the other county most easily (and best) to combine with Ecuador. Top highlights include Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and historic Cusco.

How do you get to Ecuador?
Ecuador’s capital Quito, and the country’s largest city Guayaquil, are the major hubs for flights into the country. Both cities are serviced by a number of airlines directly such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, American Airlines, Air France and United. Latam Airlines (primarily based in Santiago, Chile), is the major airline in South America and offers direct flights to number of US and European cities. The Galapagos Islands are a 2 hour flight from Quito or 1.5 hour flight from Guayaquil.

US – Ecuador is very easy to fly to from the United States. There are plenty of direct flights to either Quito or Guayaquil from a number of US cities. Airlines that fly between the countries include United Airlines, American Airlines and Latam Airlines.

Europe – There are a number of countries that operate direct flights into Ecuador from Europe including France and the Netherlands. Alternatively Latam fly to European countries such as Germany and Spain.

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