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Explore the wild side of Quito. This must-live experience is set in the luxurious comfort of strikingly-contemporary Mashpi Lodge, a world-class lodge nestled in the midst of a cloud forest reserve. Expert guides, sustainability and an ideal environment for adventure and relaxation all come together to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World™, the Lodge offers a range of pleasures, including hikes to waterfalls, bird watching, spa treatments, and a fascinating view of forest life aboard our Dragonfly and Sky Bike.

Q Location

It seems unfathomable 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 as the hummingbird flies, 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. Despite its remote location, the lodge can be reached from Quito in around three hours.

Q Architecture

Mashpi Lodge was built using the latest techniques in sustainable construction, with much of the structure having been preassembled in Quito. It is designed to blend in perfectly with its natural environment, its glass walls making it virtually invisible at times. Stunningly contemporary and featuring modernist design and décor 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.

Q Rooms

Yaku Suites: 3 Yaku Suites (Yaku is a Kichwa word meaning “Water”) extend over an expansive 46 square meters (495 square feet). They are located on the first floor, at the lodge’s northwestern end. Each one features a large bathroom with twin washbasins and Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs-with-a-view. All of our Yaku Suites have king-size beds.
Wayra Rooms: 20 Wayra rooms (Wayra is a Kichwa word which means “wind”) cover a generous 34 square meters (366 square feet). 13 Wayra Twin Rooms have two full-size beds, with three rooms located at the end of the northwestern wing and the rest along the southeastern wing. 7 Wayra King Rooms out of the 20 rooms feature king-size beds.

Additional Features

Safe deposit boxes
Bathrooms with luxury amenities
Wi-Fi Connection
Bathrobe and slippers
Reusable water bottle
Fresh, filtered water


Offering a range of beauty treatments, massages, a hot tub and a space for yoga, our spa allows you to indulge your senses and liberate your body from tension. It truly gives you the perfect chance to reconnect with the essence of nature right here among the forest and clouds. Our two massage rooms enjoy a backdrop of boundless beauty that can be admired through their glass windows, while our Samay Wellness Center close to the lodge is the ideal space to disconnect.

Q Additional Ammenities

Boutique: sells a variety of books, guides, clothes and souvenirs as well as toiletries and other essentials for guests.
Life Center: a 20-minute walk from the Lodge, where you can find a wooden deck and a vivarium, spot tropical birds, and learn about butterflies that inhabit the reserve.
Laboratory: the home of investigation projects that are carried out within the Mashpi Reserve, manned by our resident Wildlife Project Coordinator.

Q Explorations

The Dragonfly-The Sky Bike-The Observation Tower-The Life Center-Hummingbird Garden- Strangler Fig Trail- Jungle Swing Trail- Luminous Trail- Capuchin Monkey Trail- Torrenteer Lagoon- Copal Waterfall-Magnolia Waterfall- Healing Waterfall

Q National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

"In 2001, Roque Sevilla, an orchid enthusiast and the former mayor of Quito, bought a large swath of tropical cloud forest that was due to be logged in the conservation-critical Ecuadorian Chocó. His vision was a private reserve focused on conservation and sustainable, luxury ecotourism. Sevilla built the lodge on the grounds of the defunct sawmill, making sure not one tree was felled during the construction. All the materials were brought into the forest using existing logging roads and assembled on the spot. He trained local people who once worked as loggers to staff his lodge instead, helping the community transition to livelihoods based on conservation instead of deforestation. Mashpi is directly responsible for protecting one of the last stands of old growth in the Chocó.

The lodge accommodates guests of all ages and offers guided excursions to suit many interests and all activity levels. For those who stay in this reverse natural history museum—where the real-life exhibit outside is eternally on display through glass walls—the forest experience is unparalleled."

-National Geographic

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