The package cost includes transportation to and from
Quito. If guests require transportation from
another point in Ecuador, this needs to be discussed and
arranged with the lodge, since the access road to the hotel will
only be open at certain times of day – in order to minimize the
impact of vehicles on the forest ecosystem.
Depart from Quito
The departure point in
is the Hotel JW Marriott. Departure is at 7:30 am.
Guests staying at other hotels in the city will be picked
up by Mashpi Lodge's own transport beforehand and driven
to the JW Marriott.
We take the highway north
of Quito, passing the Equator Monument
and Latitude 0, and then we climb over the pass
and from here on, it's downhill towards the Pacific
two-and-a-half hours, we arrive at the entrance to the
Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, which
extends over the surrounding 1,300 hectares (3,212 acres)
– a haven for wildlife and biodiversity. Here, we'll
stop at the Hummingbird Viewpoint to learn more about
these irrepressible flying machines, enjoy a drink.
We then wind our way 6-km (3.75-miles) further aboard
electric buggies until we reach the lodge itself, at
approximately 12 pm.
Here guests are
welcomed with a refreshing drink and checked in to their
rooms. Lunch is served soon after, followed by a short
time to relax.
After lunch, the
afternoon's activities begin (please see options detailed
below). These will depend on factors such as group size,
physical abilities and weather conditions.
Before dinner, guests
will meet their Naturalist Guides for a short briefing
about the next day's activities. Optional night walks head
out from the hotel following dinner.
Exploring Mashpi Lodge
For those who want to
enjoy the beauty and magic of dawn in the forest – which
is when most birds are active and calling, as well as when
views are often most spectacular – early morning
activities are organized before breakfast. Following
breakfast, we head out from the lodge to explore,
returning for lunch and a rest, before enjoying an
afternoon amid Nature, then dinner, night walks and sleep.
The Last Day
On the last day,
there’s an early breakfast, followed by a shorter morning
activity and check out. There’s then time to relax
at the Lodge, watch a video presentation or bird watch from
the terraces. A substantial snack is served at 10:30
am and we leave the hotel at 11am. About an hour
away, we visit the intriguing archaeological site of
Tulipe. We then drive back eastwards, winding our
way up the Andes towards the capital, arriving at Quito
hotels between 3 and 4 pm (depending on traffic, location
and number of passengers).