Fodor's Expert Review Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Fodor's Choice
Three hours' drive from Quito, Mashpi Lodge is a wondrous, modern escape in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes cloud forests. Featuring external walls of glass and steel and designed with the latest techniques in sustainable development, the lodge gives guests a front-row seat in one of the world's most biodiverse areas. The 22 rooms and suites feel like luxurious cocoons, with walls of windows looking out on the cacophony of trees, vines, and birds just a few feet away. The three Yaku Suites are extra spacious and feature Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs with unobstructed views of the forest. On the first floor, a reading area offers a large selection of books about the country for guests to peruse, as well as a computer with Internet access (there's free Wi-Fi throughout the lodge). Guides and the resident biologist also use this area for talks and presentations. In a wellness area, an open-air Jacuzzi offers the perfect place to relax at the end of the day, and an adjoining room is used for massages and treatments performed with natural local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are gourmet affairs featuring regional cuisine prepared with fresh local products and served in the stunning two-story dining room. The professional guides are passionate about their work, and daily excursions with them are included in the stay and range from trips on the treetop cable car or SkyBike, to treks along nature trails, dips in waterfalls, and night walks. Mashpi welcomes children old enough to participate in activities and will supply appropriate size boots and ponchos as it does for adult guests.
- one-of-a-kind experience
- resident biologist
- all staff come from six local communities
- road to lodge is rough and can make for an uncomfortable trip
Rate Includes: All-inclusive