Imagine a place where land and sky merge, where deep mist rises from the jungle canopy stretching towards the heavens and concealing the peaks of huge mountains. Welcome to Ecuador’s Cloud Forest, one of the most enigmatic rainforests on Earth.
The heart of the rainforest – including the incredible Mashpi Lodge, where you’ll be staying – is around a 2-hour transfer from the capital, Quito. The Cloud Forest is ‘accessible wilderness’ at its very best. We always find it extraordinary how quickly you can be transported to an entirely different world when we visit.
Part of the Andean Cloud Forest Belt, the rainforest itself is a really remarkable place. Entering into this green and lush moss-covered realm, alive with sound and flora and fauna of manner of classification, it can almost feel like the jungle has a persona of its own. And it’s a testament to its extravagant biodiversity that new flora and fauna are discovered with astonishing regularity.
In the midst of this eco-paradise lies the luxurious cocoon, the Mashpi Lodge – simply one of the most stunning properties we’ve stayed at. Set in a vast 2,500-acre conservation reserve, Mashpi Lodge is fusion of floor-to-ceiling widows, natural light and amazon timber. The minimalist and highly unusual design of this eco-lodge allows you to feel fully immersed in the Cloud Forest with just glass separating you from the dense jungle itself.
Masphi features an aerial “sky bike”, which traverses the jungle canopy up to 200 metres above the ground, giving you a rather different and awe-inspiring perspective on the Cloud Forest. Our team will also arrange scenic hiking trails through the jungle, eerie night walks, zip lining, whitewater rafting and more.
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