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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
Mashpi Lodge is undoubtedly an amazing concept and the work they are doing for conservation is also amazing. However if you donâ€™t adhere to the planned activities your experience wonâ€™t be amazing. A host of activities are posted & due to a fear of heights I didnâ€™t want to do the Dragonfly or Skybike. The expedition organiser then appeared to be at a loss as to what to do with us & so we had a disappointing stay. We werenâ€™t told about the evening lectures, we only had one night walk,one waterfall walk. The Life centre was good but we were sent with some people who were leaving that day and arrived back at the Lodge mid morning with no other activities planned for us until the afternoon. Hummingbird garden excellent. The rooms are well appointed & comfortable. The food is average. The best meal of the day is lunch which is buffet style. Dinner is more formal but the steaks I had were tough. Staff friendly and efficient. Some guides are better than others. It was a pleasure to meet Jose, without whom the Lodge probably wouldnâ€™t exist.
Milly1_23860 - London, United Kingdom
We decided to visit Mashpi for four days and three nights after a six day La Pinta boat adventure, and after hours of video and photo viewing. We were not disappointed. The lodge itself is magnificent, and the cloud forest is something I will remember forever. The staff works very hard to accommodate its guests, as does the dining room. The rooms are large and beautiful, and with walls of glass, you are one with nature from the time you step inside and unpack. We do think there are some things they could do better, and although we loved our trip, the lodge needs some work with regard to their logistics, and their dealing with the humidity in the sleeping rooms. When you arrive, your name is on the board with a number of other guests and a guide for your first hike. This is supposed to be an evaluation hike. In our group of eight we had someone who had severe back problems who completely monopolized one of the two guides and shouldn't have been out on the trails, and several guests who ranged from competent to expert hikers. At Mashpi, you are hiking in mud and water. You are wearing rubber boots they provide and using a walking stick. My husband and I are average hikers, and this was tough. Here's the problem. This wasn't an eval. This was the group that you were arbitrarily put with for the entire trip. We immediately asked for a private guide, which at $120/day was well-worth it. (Check out sunangels birdwatching) But, for a resort that costs more that $1,000/night, where hiking to various locations is part and parcel of the experience, they need a better way to deal with this piece of your experience. As well, when we walked into our guest room, it smelled of mold and deodorizer. The next day we told them, and they immediate acknowledged this was a problem and provided us with a dehumidifier. There should be a serious dehumidifier for each room, because they are necessary......we weren't the only ones asking, but alas, they leave it to visitors to inquire before remedying the problem. When I returned home every item I had with me smelled from the mold.....the laundry helped the clothing, but I had to toss a backpack and several small traveling packs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mashpi to others who can afford the time and money to journey there, but based on our experience, you'll need a private guide, and you'll need to ask for a dehumidifier in your room when you arrive.
srsassoc - Boston, Massachusetts
We took a three hour drive from Quito, with the last 45 minutes off-pavement. The lodge is an amazing structure set in the Cloud Forest. It was our most comfortable room of five places we stayed while in Ecuador. Breakfast and lunch were buffet, while dinner was a la carte. We loved it. The staff was closing out some wine and discounted it, which was a nice plus as otherwise, it is very expensive compared to retail in the states, even for cheap Chilean bottles. The excursions were amazing, particularly Dragon Fly, Sky Bike, and Hummingbird feeding area. Our guides, Manolo and Jose, were super. We loved it.
bikehog - Lakewood Ranch, Florida
We were picked up in Quito and taken by car/van to Mashpi; 2 hours on a very twisty main road and two hours on the worst bumpy road ever. However the hotel looms into view and looks really good. We were given room no 7 on the ground floor -which was dreadfully damp, the other people in our group got the higher rooms. The guides were excellent but some of the walks were rather difficult. The 'paths' not more that 12" wide were wet boggy and slipppery, if you had slipped you could have fallen 60' -100 ' down the valley. Wellingtons are provided. Breakfast average, in that nothing was cooked fresh for you. Lunch disappointing, Dinner gourmet, sometimes we had a long wait despite only a small hotel. Marc is a great manager and speaks to everyone, on the second day he sorted us with a low cholesterol meal. We did see plenty of birds including Humming birds, butterflies at the centre, but not many animals. They are doing great consevation work and the staff were friendly and professional. We took the sky bike which was great fun - I didnt peddle so easy for me. We also took the Dragonfly ( $45 extra each) which was also fun and steady. There is a jacuzzi but this is a walk away from the hotel, hence we didnt use it. Unfortunately when I got back to Quito I was admitted to hospital with brochitits probably due to the damp - (when we mentioned this to the receptionist she only said we could have had a de humidiffier, ) personally i don't think damp rooms should be used especiallhy when you pay nearly ÂŁ900 pr rm pr night. Before booking think if the 4 hour drive is worth it, I have visited rainforrest hotels in Borneo, Venezuela, Costa Rica, which in my opinion these were better.
swift33 - swift33
Mashpi Lodge is situated about three hours (approximately 110 km.) from Quito, but the last five or so miles are up (and down) a rather arduous dirt track and this last stretch takes a good bit of time. The good news is that it is well worth the effort (and the rather bumpy ride). The lodge itself is simply stunning and totally unexpected in the middle of the Cloud Forest. The lodge is designed to make you feel as if you are in a tree house in the middle of the rain forest.The bedrooms are very spacious with large floor to ceiling windows that look directly into the forest and yet are totally private. The decor is in the best of taste, with granite (?) floors, excellent lighting, ample storage space,and a sitting area with a desk and a comfortable chair and sofa. The bathroom is very large with a (large) tub in front of another floor to ceiling window and a separate shower room. No TV (thank God), but excellent wi-fi. The restaurant and bar is in a vast room with a 27 m./30 ft. ceiling and, again, floor to ceiling windows. All meals are included and the food and service is of a high standard (albeit not gourmet) with a very friendly staff composed primarily of locals. The lodge is located in the middle of a private nature reserve and, of course, all activities are directed toward experiencing the cloud forest. Guests are accompanied by very knowledgable nature guides and broken into groups based on level of expertise, type of activity (e.g., waterfall hike; hummingbird observation station, etc.) and degree of required exertion. Groups typically go out in the morning and afternoon, but there are also night-time hikes and early morning observations.There is an emphasis on birdwatching, with miles of trails, a high observation tower, a hummingbird feeding station (where we saw eleven different species in less than hour), and a "Life Centre". You can pedal a SkyBike (on a cable) 200 meters across a gorge, but be prepared to pedal hard because the uphill bit is rather strenuous (and don't look down if you are afraid of heights). Lastly, there is a gondola that soars above the forest on a roundtrip that takes about 1 1/2 hours and enables you to experience the forest from above. Note: Cloud Forest= lots of rain (236 " per year), so be prepared with waterproof clothing. Mud boots are supplied and large rain ponchos are provided if it really starts to pour. (Mashpi is not recommended if you want to work on your suntan.)
plkmtk - London,England