Set into one of the planet’s most important bio-regions, the futuristic Mashpi Lodge powered with 100% hydroelectricity really is a “contemporary cocoon in the clouds”.
Recently opened and already praised for its ecological and contemporary design by being nominated for the likes of Wallpaper’s Design Awards, Mashpi’s steel and glass creation sits amongst 3,200 acres of pristine rainforest on a bluff that commands stunning views over the lush valleys, cloud forests and hills of the Tumbez-Choco-Darien bio-region (otherwise known as the Chocó).
The 19 rooms and 3 suites are spacious and simply modern in decoration, with floor to ceiling windows that keep your attention on what’s outside rather than what’s in.
The restaurant has been thoughtfully constructed with two-storey high ceilings and windows for walls so again you feel constantly in touch with the forest, whilst dining on local produce from exotic fruits blended with more savoury dishes and organic ingredients to home made chocolate. There is also a terrace with pergola roof for incredible views over the jungle canopy, perhaps spotting one or two of its creatures.
Daily wildlife expeditions and nature excursions are led by the lodge’s team of Ecuadorian biologists and things like wellington boots and rain ponchos are provided.
The aerial tram won’t open until September which will allow the lodge to extend explorations deeper into the forest, and will be complete with an observation tower and Life Centre which has butterfly farms and terrariums for a really close up look to these species. Hikes, bathing in waterfalls and rivers are very much part of the Mashpi experience too.
Mashpi Lodge is a Jacada Signature Property for excellence in personalised service and luxury.
Jacada Guests making new reservations here will receive a complimentary room upgrade upon check in and subject to availability, and a bottle of sparkling wine.
Nature and wildlife trailsWaterfalls & rivers to swim in Orchid Gardens
2km aerial tram
There are inconnecting rooms for familiesThe aerial tram will not be in use until SeptemberThe lodge is a 2.5 hour drive from Quito and a very scenic one at that.