Nature meets luxury at Mashpi, a breathtaking creation of steel and glass deep 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 the wild 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. Mashpi is a true wilderness retreat, set on 3,200 acres of cloud forest, 80% of which is primary growth. Guests don boots and get muddy exploring by day, and then return in the evening to a relaxing and sophisticated setting—a place where accommodations are simple yet stylish, the dining room soars two stories through the canopy, and you’re surrounded yet removed from the life of the jungle.
In 2001, Roque Sevilla, an orchid enthusiast and the former mayor of Quito, bought a large swath of tropical cloud forest that was due to be logged in the conservation-critical Ecuadorian Chocó. His vision was a private reserve focused on conservation and luxury ecotourism. Sevilla built the lodge on the grounds of the defunct sawmill, making sure not one tree was felled during the construction. All the materials were brought in using existing logging roads and assembled on the spot. He trained local people who once worked as loggers to staff his lodge instead, helping the community transition to livelihoods based on conservation instead of deforestation. Now several years into the venture, Mashpi Lodge is credited for protecting one of the last stands of old growth in the Chocó.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Mashpi Lodge, National Geographic guests meet with the resident biologist for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Life Centre. Learn firsthand about ongoing research initiatives like the camera trap project, and then join him on a research outing for a scientist’s perspective on the cloud forest ecosystem.
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