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Mashpi Rainforest Lodge has been built using the latest techniques in sustainable building, and features contemporary, minimalist décor, designed to blend with its stunning surroundings.

One of National Geographic's 'Unique Lodges of the World', Mashpi comprises 22 minimalist rooms, arranged over three floors, have huge picture windows, some on two sides, with stunning forest views. Wake up to a captivating rainforest scene, awash with greens and browns, and alive with the sound of birds and monkeys.

In-house naturalists and scientists are on hand to guide walking tours, and are involved in the ongoing research at Mashpi. The team recently discovered a new species of frog, named the Mashpi torrenteer.

Facilities include a well-stocked library, a spa, and naturalist guides who lead nature walks. Interaction with local communities is encouraged and all transport from the reserve entrance to the lodge is by battery-powered buggy. The lodge's towering, two storey dining room offers a dramatic setting for a lively gourmet experience, with Ecuadorian cuisine and local ingredients.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Galapagos & Ecuador in Style

Take a journey to the enchanting cloud forests of the Andes, staying in a unique biodiversity reserve, and viewing the varied wildlife from walking trails or a rainforest canopy. A luxury naturalist-led cruise in the Galapagos Islands offers emerald waters, rugged coves and a remarkable number of endemic species.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve

This private reserve is part of a bio-region that stretches along the Pacific slope of the Andes from Panama to Peru. Its rich ecosystem is home to 500 bird species, butterflies, amphibians and orchids which thrive in the moist conditions. An aerial tram offers a unique vantage point in the rainforest canopy.

  • Where: Pichincha Province
  • Ideal for viewing: glass frog, indigo flowerpiercer, moss-backed tanager, orange-breasted fruit-eater, peccary
  • Excellent for: River safaris, Birdwatching