Andean Highlands, Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge

Rates from (inc tax)$1,205.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,470.10), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Haute greenhouse


Cloud-shrouded rainforest

Glass-walled and surveying dense cloud forest, Mashpi Lodge is an eco-friendly, super-sized, tropical terrarium in the wilds of Ecuador’s Andean foothills. The hotel’s polished, minimalist style is an attractive foil to the surrounding greenery, ensuring nothing upstages the view (not that anything could). Built by former Quito mayor Roque Sevilla on a site wrested from loggers, the hotel is eco-conscious to the core, with a world-renowned research station, locally harvested food and low-impact adventures to be had.

Smith Extra

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US$100 spa credit and a bottle of wine in your room on arrival


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Need to know


22, including three Yaku suites.


10am, but flexible. The hotel’s transfer departs at 1.30pm: if you miss it, you must arrange your own transport for an extra charge. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from $1205.00, excluding tax at 22 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,470.10), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

A buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and soft drinks are included in room rates.


Attend a butterfly briefing in the Life Centre to get up to speed on the area’s lepidoptera. If that’s not to your taste, a chocolate-sampling session might appeal. Your philanthropic side with be soothed on learning that a stay here supports the Cree Ecuador project – an initiative to create jobs for local villages – and ongoing research at the Life Centre.

At the hotel

Spa and wellness centre, open-air viewing platform and terrace, garden, lounge, library, boutique, research centre, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air-conditioning, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

To overlook the rainforest from a Philippe Starck-designed tub with your date, book into one of the sprawling Yaku suites. Wayra Rooms 21 and 23 sit on the second floor, enjoying the same verdant sights as the suites and are just a short stroll from the terrace.


There is no pool: soak in the spa’s soothing Jacuzzi, or splash about by the forest’s hidden waterfalls.


The spa’s Jacuzzi allows glimpses of the rainforest through slatted wooden panels. Therapists practice traditional massages in a small adjoining treatment room, using nutrient-packed forest finds – mud, stones, herbs and leaves – to revive guests.

Packing tips

It may not be sexy, but non-slip socks will aid forest treks. Natural insect repellent is vital too. If you forget anything, the hotel’s boutique sells zippered khakis, multi-pocketed vests, waterproofs, torches, straw hats and local handicrafts and goodies.


The hotel’s spacious public areas and ground-floor Wayra Rooms are wheelchair accessible. Leave pets at home: they’re walking puma snacks here. Guests are required to be eco-conscious: turn room lights off during the day and take used batteries home.


Rainforest rambling is suited to juniors, tweens and upwards. Some Wayra Rooms (on the ground and second floor) interconnect. Restaurant staff can set up high chairs and heat milk, there are baby-changing facilities, and chefs can prepare kids’ meals.


The Lodge was sustainably built offsite, runs on hydroelectric power and uses recycled water from local rivers. Conservation projects are run from the hotel’s research centre, and staff are hired from nearby villages. Excursions are low impact and sustainable dining is preached here.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit with your nose pressed to the glass (well, almost), at a table near the towering windows, or nab the garden’s sole table for alfresco feasting.

Dress Code

Hiking gear at lunch, lightweight dresses and shirts come evening. A swish up-do will fix humidity-frazzled, post-trekking tresses.

Hotel restaurant

Meals in the two-storey, glass-walled restaurant – with views of rainforest-clad peaks – are wholesome, inventive and staunchly local. Forest-plucked herbs, spices and chilies enliven chicken, beef and seafood dishes, while exotic fruits, rich chocolate and super-strong coffee round out the harvest, and Argentinean and Chilean wines are expertly paired. Light lunches include soups, sandwiches, ceviche and an ice-cream buffet, and breakfast is a heartier affair (with eggs any way, breads, home-made jams and honey, cheeses, meats, cereal and muesli, and fruits and juices). The chef can tailor meals for vegans or allergy sufferers on request.

Hotel bar

The bar is in the restaurant, but drinks can be taken in the lounge, the hotel garden, or on the open-air terrace. Natural energy juices or chilled glasses of sweet cane juice will keep you going on days out. Tropical-fruit-laced cocktails and full-bodied wines from Argentina and Chile go well with tales of the day’s trekking…

Last orders

Breakfast starts early for excursion-bound guests, from 7.30am to 9.30am. Lunch runs from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, dinner from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The bar stays open till 11pm.

Room service

None. If you get peckish, order snacks and drinks at the bar and bring them back to your boudoir.


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Mashpi Lodge
Located in the Ecuadorian Choco, just 3 hours drive from Quito/ Administrative Office Address: Bolivar Oe6-41 y Cuenca, Quito – Ecuado


Mariscal Sucre International Airport ( is the closest, a 90-minute drive away. There are frequent American Airlines, Delta, AeroMexico and United Continental Airlines flights.


Plan your A to B well: there will be dirt roads, and mountain-passes on the way. Transfers are included in room rates, but if driving yourself, there’s free parking and an Avis booth at the airport.

Worth getting out of bed for

You could lounge in the lodge’s spa and Jacuzzi, salute the sun (or more likely, cloud mist) in a yoga class on the terrace, or peer at wildlife through a pair of binoculars, but stays here are about donning rubber boots and Goretex, and getting grubby on rainforest rambles (with the help of the hotel’s guides). Gawp at ferns and rare orchids, exotically plumed birds, monkeys, peccaries (small boar-like creatures) and possibly a shy puma, before de-robing and drifting through cellophane-clear lagoons by hidden waterfalls. There are two main trails: the Howler Monkey (2km) and Cucharillo (700m). Both are a vertiginous but rewarding meander through dense, wildlife-roamed foliage and climax in jaw-dropping views. Or experience the after-dark delights – luminous fungi and hand-sized moths – of a night walk. Take a tandem pedal through the treetops on a Sky Bike safari, or hang with fluttery friends at the Hummingbird Station or the kaleidoscopic residents of the Mariposario (butterfly house). The Life Centre, where conservation projects are carried out, is in a leaf-shaped building, a half-hour walk from the hotel. Its deck is a pretty spot surrounded by kitchen gardens and often visited by curious critters. Enlightening talks about Mashpi’s biodiversity are held frequently. Twitchers should scale the 26m observation tower – a 10-minute walk away – from where toucans, parrots and other intriguing birds can be seen.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this rainforest-set eco-lodge in Ecuador’s Andean foothills and unpacked their ethically produced chocolate and trusty trekking boots, a full account of their natural escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a (recycled) postcard from Mashpi Lodge…

Squawks, chirrups and whoops ring from the mist-swathed rainforest surrounding Mashpi Lodge, and this bestial chorus only enhances the hotel’s get-away-from-it-all atmosphere. Dense greenery stretches for miles around and the views from each room’s floor-to-ceiling windows look like stills from
The Lost World. The striking minimalist structure – composed of glass and recycled steel – is eye-catching and was built on land saved from loggers by owner, and former mayor of Quito, Roque Sevilla (sadly not a Spanish hair-metal band) to earn National Geographic’s yellow rectangle of approval. Virtuous spa treatments and contemplative sitting spots abound, but even those unaccustomed to Goretex should hop on the Sky Bike or hit the greenery-traced trails. After all, you never know what wild spectacles await you…

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