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Mashpi Lodge Near Quito Makes the “It List” and “Hot List”

Mashpi Lodge Near Quito, Ecuador, Named To Travel + Leisure's “IT LIST” and Conde Nast Traveler's “HOT LIST” of the Best New Hotels of 2013

What do the editors of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler think of Mashpi Lodge?  “It” is “Hot”.  The stylish eco-lodge located within the Mashpi Reserve just two-and-a-half hours from Quito, Ecuador, has been named to T+L’s “It List” and CNT’s “Hot List” of the best new hotels of 2013.  Taken together, that’s quite a recommendation.

“The rooms are light-filled and include floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a wild habitat that beckons you to head out and explore.”  Mashpi Lodge “is turning Ecuador’s mainland into a serious ecotourism player,” according to Travel + Leisure.  The raves of CNT were no less considerable.  “High design in the high jungle – no thatched roofs here,” noted the magazine’s editors in their “Hot List” critique of the 22-room Lodge, which opened in April 2012.  They went on to pinpoint “any of three Yaku suites, outfitted with Philippe Starck tubs facing a sea of ferns and bromeliads” as the best accommodations, and noted “earth-tone interiors and walls of glass blend with the landscape, a mix of rain and cloud forest.”

CNT further laid out a typical day at Mashpi Lodge: “Rise at dawn and take breakfast on the terrace with quetzals and toucans, then hop on an aerial bicycle and pedal through the forest canopy in search of orange-fronted barbets and crimson-rumped toucanets. Or board the 1.25-mile gondola system and float through the clouds to the far reaches of the reserve. At day’s end, unwind with a fruit daiquiri in the glass-walled bar as fireflies put on a show. Foraged fruits and biodynamic veggies distinguish the menu.”

The 3,200-acre Mashpi Reserve stretches across lowland floodplain forests and lower montane – or “foothill” – forest between 1,800 and 4,500 feet above sea level.  It is a haven for biodiversity with more than 300 bird species out of an estimated 500 identified so far.  The Reserve and its eponymous Lodge are deeply committed to protecting the local environment and human population in a thoughtful and effective manner.

Rates at Mashpi Lodge start at $1,296 per person/double for 3-days/2 nights, including all meals, guided explorations (in English or Spanish), specialized lectures, rain ponchos, rubber boots, transfers from/to major hotels in Quito, and aerial canopy tram rides (upon completion).