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4 Days / 3 Nights

4 Day Program

Spend four days exploring Ecuador’s cloud forest at the Mashpi Lodge. At Mashpi Lodge, the programs are designed with your passions, interests and abilities in mind. There are no fixed programs, leaving you the sole decider in how you'd like to spend your time. You can choose how you’d like to spend your time. If you’re interested in birds, you can embark on a guided trek through the forest. If you’re hoping to meditate, head to the natural waterfalls where this is plenty of room to contemplate your thoughts. If you want an amazing view of the forest, climb to the top of the Observation Tower. The Mashpi Lodge offers an abundance of various activities to choose from, making your experience in Ecuador’s cloud forest one that will last a lifetime.

Note: This is a tour extension and must be combined with one of our full package (6 nights minimum) tours. Please contact a travel consultant about adding a custom Ecuador travel package to this extension. 

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This tour includes:

    • Transfer to and from four hotels in Quito (Swissotel, JW Marriott, Hilton and Casa Gangotena)
    • Excursion to Tulipe Archaeological site
    • Hotel accommodation
    • All meals at the Lodge
    • Guided activities and excursions
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Unlimited soft drinks
    • Access to rain ponchos and rubber boots

Highlights:

  • Observation Tower
  • Hummingbird Garden
  • Sky Bike
  • Dragonfly Aerial Cable Car
  • Life Centre's Butterflies
  • Waterfall Pools

Mashpi Lodge Exterior

Arrival at Mashpi Lodge

Day 1

Depart from Quito early in the morning for your adventure to the Mashpi Lodge. On your way to the lodge, you will pass by the equatorial line ("Middle of the World"), the Rio Blanco, the quaint town of Nanegalito, and past various farming communities. Upon arrival at the lodge, you will choose the parts of the cloud forest that you would like to explore, with the help of the expedition staff. Then listen to an informational lecture about Mashpi Lodge and all its wonders.

After lunch, head out for an afternoon activity. Perhaps, you can explore the magical forest. Walk along the trails and spot orchids, lianas and bromeliads. Later, when the sun sets, head out for a night walk. At this hour, you can see a completely different perspective of the forest. One where frogs, snakes, insects and even tarantulas might make an appearance!


Mashpi Lodge Observation Tower

Panoramic Terrace, Hummingbird Garden & Observation Tower

Day 2

Start the day off right, on the panoramic terrace. While here, watch and hear a menagerie of birds nearby the lodge. After breakfast, opt for a waterfall hike. Make sure to pack a bathing suit, in case you feel like taking a dip after the long hike! After, visit the Hummingbird Garden and listen to the sweet music the birds make.

After lunch, experience the cloud forest from a new perspective on the aerial Sky Bike and from the Observation Tower. The Observation Tower is an excellent place to watch the sun set behind the clouds.

In the evening, join in on a discussion of the prepared series of lectures. The lectures will be given by one of the naturalist guides or one of the resident biologists.


Mashpi Lodge Hiking Adventure

Free Day to Explore

Day 3

Today is another day for you to explore Ecuador's cloud forest. Go for another walk, searching for wildlife or visit the Life Centre's butterflies. After yesterday's excursions, you might decide to relax for the day. It's completely up to you. If you are looking for a day of relaxation, stay at the lodge, where you can take a warm Jacuzzi while gazing out at the wildlife in the forest.


Mashpi Lodge Waterfall Hike

Waterfall Hike, Dragonfly Cable Car & Departure

Day 4

Save the best for last and take a morning hike through the forest. Then, glide above the trees in the unique Dragonfly aerial cable car. This will give you a completely new perspective of the forest and makes for a truly incredible experience.

Of course, you can always explore more forest trails or head to a different waterfall during your free time.

After a delicious lunch, our transport takes you back to Quito in the afternoon.


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3 Days / 2 Nights

3 Day Program

Instantly immerse yourself in lush, green forest at the Mashpi Lodge. Three days is the perfect amount of time to explore the lodge, it’s surrounding terrain and the mysteries of Ecuador’s cloud forest. At Mashpi Lodge, the programs are designed with your passions, interests and abilities in mind. Therefore, there are no set programs. You can choose how you’d like to spend your time. If you’re interested in birds, you can embark on a guided trek through the forest. If you’re hoping to meditate, head to the natural waterfalls where there is plenty of room to contemplate your thoughts. The Mashpi Lodge offers an abundance of various activities to choose from, making your experience in Ecuador’s cloud forest one that will last a lifetime.

Note: This is a tour extension and must be combined with one of our full package (6 nights minimum) tours. Please contact a travel consultant about adding a custom Ecuador travel package to this extension. 

Download package pdf version

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Per Person

We include what others call optional

This tour includes:

    • Transfer to and from four hotels in Quito (Swissotel, JW Marriott, Hilton and Casa Gangotena)
    • Hotel accommodation
    • All meals at the Lodge
    • Guided activities and excursions 
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Unlimited soft drinks
    • Access to rain ponchos and rubber boots

Highlights:

  • Dragonfly Aerial Cable Car
  • Observation Tower
  • Nighttime Walk
  • Hummingbird Garden
  • Waterfall Pools

Mashpi Lodge Exterior

Arrival at Mashpi Lodge

Day 1

On your journey to the Mashpi Lodge, pass by the western flank of the Andes, next to the "Middle of the World," which marks the equatorial line. As you continue west, watch as the vegetation changes with every drop in altitude. After you've passed by the small town of Nanegalito, the archaeological site of Tulipe and various farming communities, you will arrive at the lodge. Upon arrival, talk with the expedition staff about your interests and abilities and plan your activities for the duration of your stay. All excursions and activities are up to you.

After enjoying lunch, head out for your afternoon activity. This activity could include a hike through the forest followed by an amazing experience gliding above the treetops in the Dragonfly aerial cable car. When the sun sets, a new set of wildlife will emerge. Head outside for a night walk, accompanied by an experienced guide, and look for frogs, snakes, insects, and even tarantulas!


Mashpi Lodge Sky Bike

Panoramic Terrace, Sky Bike & Observation Tower

Day 2

Today, head to the panoramic terrace where you can see and hear plenty of birds stirring around the lodge. Then enjoy a hearty breakfast, and head outside for a waterfall hike. Make sure to bring a bathing suit in case you'd like to take a dip! On your way back to the lodge, check out the Hummingbird Garden.

In the afternoon, enjoy lunch and later pedal between two points of the forest on the aerial Sky Bike. Then, climb up the Observation Tower for amazing views of the Reserve in its entirety. This is the perfect spot to watch the sun melt over the trees of the cloud forest.

At night, listen in on a series of different lectures. Popular discussions are the "Secret Wildlife of Mashpi: the Camera Trap Project," "The Choco: a Biological Hotspot" and more. These lectures should give you a bit of information on the diversity of the area, which you might have already noticed on your night walk and other activities in the forest.


Mashpi Lodge Waterfall Hike

Waterfall Hike & Departure

Day 3

On your final day at the Mashpi Lodge, utilize the remaining time you have in exploring the forest rails. Head to a different waterfall or find a nook to let the whole experience sink in.

Return to the lodge for lunch and then a local transport will take you back to Quito in the afternoon.


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