Fully customized activities

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Unique and breathtaking sceneries

A Crystal Cocoon in the Clouds

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 3,117 feet above sea level and the reserve in which it is located ranges in altitude from 1,600 metres to 3,940 feet 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.

Mashpi Lodge is designed to completely immerse you in the life of the forest, while keeping its creatures safely at bay – a luxury retreat amid the dense forest and stunning mountain views. The rooms are arranged over three floors, all designed with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall panoramic glass windows, some on two sides, with the forest just a few feet away.

Wake up to captivating views awash with greens and browns, with trunks, branches, vines, leaves, birds and swirling clouds all around. It’s a bit like being in a crystal capsule, observing the forest life from the comfort of your bed. Open the window, and the sounds of bird and frog calls wash over you.

The rooms’ lighting is subdued with hidden LED lights that run along the handsome wooden bedheads. 

General Information
Accommodation: Wayra Rooms or Yaku Suites (Double or Twin) Distance from Quito: 31/2 hours
Capacity: 44 guests in 20 rooms Altitude: 3117ft
Suggested nights: at least 2 Operation days: daily departures from Quito
Day 1 Arrival to Quito international airport. Your guide wil await you at the international arrivals hall. Transfer to your hotel in Quito. -/-
Day 2 -3 Transfer to a departure hotel in Quito. Share transfer to Mashpi Lodge.

Your time with us at Mashpi is your own to experience. With the help of our expedition staff, you can choose from any of the activities on offer, always accompanied by a University-graduate naturalist guide and an experienced local guide – all at your own pace. On your arrival day, you will plan your activities with the team and receive a talk about Mashpi and all its wonders.

Day 4 On the last day, depart from Mashpi to Quito after lunch.  Arrival to Quito is usually around 5pm. Transfer to your hotel. B/L
Day 5 Transfer to the airport for your international or Galapagos departure flight. B

B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / BL = Box Lunch / D = Dinner

Per person in double rooms and in US Dollars

Days Accommodation 2021 Rates 2022 Rates
Mashpi Lodge

3 Days program + Mama Cuchara Hotel in Quito

Wayra Rooms $ 1717 $ 1773
Yaku Suites $ 2049 $ 1970
  • Single suites for single-use incur a 50% surcharge
  • Children discount is 25% and must travel with two adults
  • For Christmas and other holidays, a 10% surcharge applies
  • During Christmas, and New Year’s, children rates do not apply


  • Meals as detailed on your itinerary (B= breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, and BL= Box Lunch) from lunch on arrival day to box lunch on your departure day.
  • Accommodations at Mashpi Lodge on Wayra Rooms.
  • Shared transfer to and from Mashpi Lodge.
  • All shared excursions at Mashpi Lodge.

Additional to consider

  • Meals not mentioned on your itinerary
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on your excursions (unless specified on your itinerary)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for drivers & guides
  • Dragonfly fly Experience USD 49,00 per adult, USD 20,00 per child under 12, entrance to be paid directly at Mashpi Lodge.

The Dragonfly

Experience a truly unique moment in the forest

The highlight of any trip to Mashpi is the Dragonfly – an exciting, open-air cable car system that carries you over, across, and sometimes even directly through the forest canopy, offering guests a relaxing way to enjoy the reserve from overhead.

The Skybike

Views like no others from above

Located close to the hotel, the Sky Bike makes for an original and exciting way to explore the forest canopy up close. Designed for two people to use at once, one person pedals the bike along a cable stretched between two points in the forest.

The Observation Tower

Endless green as far as the eye can see

One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Mashpi is from the observation tower. From here, we can appreciate a wonderful view of the canopy and the complex structure of the tropical forest.

The Life Center

A place for learning and discovery

The Life Centre was conceived as a place for learning and discovery, but also as a place where our guests can disconnect while they admire the scenery from the comfort of a chaise longue on the handsome wooden deck – a great place to spot birds, and hear the roar of mantled howler monkeys, too!

The Hummingbird garden

More than 32 species

The forests of Mashpi boast 32 hummingbird species identified to date, inhabiting different specific altitudes, with around 19 species alone observable by guests in this garden.

Healing Waterfalls & other hikes

Nature at its best!

The waterfall has an amazing setting, and what’s more, you can get round to the back of the chute of water to feel the energizing force – a special place to sit and meditate. One of the most beautiful in the Reserve, but you have to be pretty fit to enjoy the hike there and back.

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