In the Heart of the
Andean Rainforest, a Gateway to Diversity
The Mashpi Reserve
is located a mere two and a half hours to the northwest of
Ecuador's capital, Quito
- the first city named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
- and is accessible via paved and unpaved roads.
Mashpi Lodge is set within an
1,200-hectare (nearly 3,000-acre) private reserve, which is part of
a globally important bio-region: the Tunbez-Choa-Darien. The
area around the reserve is world-famous as a biodiversity 'hotspot',
particularly when it comes to flora and avifauna.
The reserve occupies much of the
land that was previously part of a logging concession. It was
purchased in 1997. Over the following years, more land was added
until the forest was legally registered as a private protected
Eventually, the projects
inceptors turned their dream into reality with the building of the
lodge itself - in fact, on the very site of the mill which once
whined with the sawing of the forest's trees.