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Mashpi’s profusion of plants and animals creates a rich ecosystem that is recognised as a bio-diversity hotspot.

An amazing number of bird species, more than half the total number found in Europe, including 36 endemics, orchids and bromeliads, amphibians, including glass frogs, and larger mammals, including monkeys, peccaries and even puma, inhabit the forest. A highlight of a visit to Mashpi is the two kilometre long, environmentally friendly, aerial tram gliding visitors through and above the rainforest canopy.

Mashpi Reserve is located two and a half hours drive from Quito and is part of a bio-region that stretches along the Pacific slope of the Andes from Panama to Peru.

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Key info

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

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location 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
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Mashpi Rainforest Lodge

The ultra modern Mashpi Rainforest Lodge uses the latest sustainable techniques and materials, and is designed to blend with its surroundings. The rooms, arranged over three floors, all have huge picture windows, allowing you to wake up to captivating views of the stunning cloud forest.