In Ecuador, nature meets luxury at Mashpi Jungle Lodge, a breathtaking boutique hotel in the cloud forests of Ecuadorian Chocó, one of the planet’s biodiversity hotspots. With floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows throughout, nothing competes with nature here. You might catch sight of a howler monkey while soaking in the indoor jacuzzi, or wake up to the flitting of a velvet purple coronet just outside your room. Though only three hours from downtown Quito, Mashpi is a true wilderness retreat set on 3,200 acres of cloud forest – of which 80% is primary growth.
We’ve teamed up with naturalists and scientists who not only lead hikes and give talks, but are involved in continuing studies of local wildlife at the hotel’s research centre. From guided nature walks to an innovative Skybike, there are many options for those interested in getting out to explore the abundant nature. Guests don boots and get muddy exploring by day, and then return in the evening to a relaxing and sophisticated setting, surrounded, yet removed from the life of the jungle.
Highlights of your Cloud Forest experience:
- Peer at rare butterflies and learn about the forest’s endemic species during talks by researchers in the Life Centre.
- Sip coffee on the terrace as the morning mist rises, spotting birds with a naturalist.
- Cool off with a dip in the natural pools of a nearby waterfall.
- Try a restorative tropical concoction at the bar while gazing out a wall of windows.