Mashpi Lodge in Pacto, Ecuador
Mashpi Lodge is the ideal place for exploring the biodiverse world of the Ecuadorian cloud forest. As a hideaway in the clouds, which is only available to its guests, this beautiful lodge perches at 3,117 feet above sea level and is within the Metropolitan District of Quito, the capital of Ecuador.†Surrounded by forested mountains, Mashpi Lodge was designed to blend with nature and conserve the untamed wilderness by using the latest techniques for sustainable constructions. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for guests to take in the sights, and the warm earth tones, steel, stone and glass throughout the property create a modern yet cozy and inviting atmosphere. All guest rooms are spacious and have wall-to-wall panoramic glass windows that allow guest to immerse themselves in the enchantment of the forest. Premium amenities, as well as sleek yet comfortable furniture, create a perfect nature retreat.
There are plenty of outdoor activities to do while staying at the Mashpi Lodge, such as bird watching, sky biking, nature trails, and even a Jungle swing trail experience. All activities are accompanied by an expert naturalist as well as local community guides. After a day of exploration, guest can sit back with a glass of wine or a mixed drink at the bar and relive the experiences of the day. With a cuisine inspired by the native ingredients of the forest, the towering Dining Room offers an exquisite range of dishes to delight even the most discerning palates. Rest assured, an experience at the Mashpi Lodge will be like no other.
Location of Mashpi Lodge
Nearest Airport: UIO
Amenities for Mashpi Lodge
- On-Site Amenities
- Hiking Trails
- Wellness Center
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Bathrobes & Slippers
- Bird Watching
- Active & Adventure
- Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
- Honeymoons & Romance
Reviews for Mashpi Lodge
Traveling to the property from Quito (with transportation organized by the lodge) is an adventure in itself. Three hours of drive across continuously changing landscapes, the last of which on heavy-duty gravel road, gradually into the cloud forest in its purest form and nothing else. The construction (concrete/glass/iron) stunningly looks like an outpost built on another planet for scientific research. We booked a standard room for three nights and were assigned room #7 on the basement, the highlights of which can be best seen from the attached photos. Squared, large, bright, with a minimalistic furniture, appeared a bit unusual at first but proved immediately comfortable and quiet. Food was excellent: served as buffet at lunch and √†-la-carte at dinner, it was delicious and very well presented. We felt the chef performs miracles in such a remote location. A couple of Pisco Sour at the bar completed the script of the first day. The lodge offers stunning guided tours at various level of complexity, including a one hour night walk, which was amazing. We chose easy / moderate trails for our visit and we would like to urge visitors not to underestimate the physical effort required by the Mashpi property: most trails (even the easy ones) develop on significant slopes and on muddy / wet terrain. Few of them require to walk into, along or across small rivers and into waterfall pools. In general hiking requires therefore constant attention and strains unfit joints. It is worth to mention that the lodge as a Paramedic on duty 7/24. Lodge staff in general was very helpful, absolutely kind and merry during the whole stay. After each hike a welcome drink and a refreshing towel was offered to all participants. As a last comment we would like to mention that our experience with the guides has been somehow mixed. Technically all very prepared, some of them looks however more skilled than others in terms of being able to transmit enthusiasm, freely provide information and maintain constant connection with the whole group.
Sekok - Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
Mashpi Lodge is a fabulous place in an incredible location. It is quite a wonder to think how such and impressive property has been build in such a remote part of the world. The rooms are stunning, the huge glass windows offer spectacular views out into the cloud-forest. Huge comfortable beds and lovely bathrooms. The food and service is excellent and the restaurant and bar staff are superb. The activities at Mashpi are great, I particularly enjoyed breakfast at the life centre and the trek through the river. The guides are very friendly and knowledgeable. There are a couple of teething problems with organisation that if ironed out would have made this a 5 star review. Overall an incredible experience that I wont be forgetting in a hurry.
Alipal90 - Northampton, United Kingdom
We visited the Mashpi Lodge this April and loved it. The lodge itself is beautiful and our room was wonderful. The food was excellent and fresh. Our guides were the best. They made sure we were able to see all the things that I mentioned we were interested in on our first hike. They were very knowledgeable and eager to make our stay outstanding. They even carved walking sticks out of tree limbs for us. Everyone was welcoming, friendly, and accommodating. Best activities: swimming in a waterfall, watching hummingbirds, watching weasels from our window steal bananas, taking a bike over a gorge and watching an anteater in a tree from a cable car. It was hard to leave.
CBartholomew - Oceanside, New York
I am a professional photographer, albeit not a world famous one, so when I found out about this place I wanted to go right away, as it seemed to provide me great chances to photograph wildlife in the cloudforests of Mindo, well known region for its birds. I'll be the first one to say indeed price tag for this place is high, and is not for everyone. I probably was the poorest man among the guests they had there, as yes I've met many people who were doing pretty good with their lives. However, I'd like to say that two nights stay here was one of the best times I've had during my travels, and I've traveled 70 countries in the world the past 10 plus years. So I've been around, and I know what to expect and what not to, when it comes to this kind of place. The cloud forest where the lodge is situated is such a magical place, and being immersed in its setting, while such comports when you're back from one of those nature walks, it was just magical. With my little Spanish I could talk to some of its guides and staffs, who were local villagers from the area. I don't know exactly how much money they're getting, but I disagree with the previous review I've read below, saying it's bad for villagers who earn not as much money as the owner of the place. Would villagers have been making a lot of money without the lodge? The reviewer himself mentioned people can go to other reserves near by which are much cheaper. Exactly. And he thinks that's ok to use those places where locals might earn more money but the total sum is still tiny compared to the business they've got at Mashpi? I don't think so. I don't know the owner or any of the staff members personally, but my feeling was that they had great vision to sustain the nature surrounding the lodge, and I liked the concept of working with the local people of the area. I'm sure it isn't perfect, but I think they're doing a great job. Again, I've been to lots of different places and met many indigenous tribes around the world. When a certain place has a such high price tag, you expect service matching those prices. That's when you can be disappointed as your high expectations are met. Again, price to stay at Mashpi was higher than how much I'd spend a night. I've traveled many troubled regions of the world staying at a broken down hostel. However, I'll say that everything about Mashpi went beyond my expectations. If you like nature, you like birds, I think you will truly enjoy your stay here. I'm currently traveling and photographing South America for four months, and it is still one of the best places I've stayed in the continent, in the world even. I highly recommend it if you're ever in Ecuador.
kchae - Seoul, South Korea
Certainly is a wonderful place to experience and saw some phenomenal sights; the hummingbirds will be remembered for ever! The rooms are beautifully appointed, spacious and clean. The food was very good and difficult to pick holes in. All of the staff were incredibly friendly but professional too. Marc runs a very tight ship. Only slight criticism was the price versus quality of the wine. Always shudder a bit when wine can be shipped to the UK and bought for under ¬£10 and you're paying ¬£40 for the same bottle of Chilean red.
frederico77 - High Wycombe, United Kingdom