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Mashpi Reserve: A Luxury Rainforest Retreat (Pre)


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Stay at the luxurious Mashpi Lodge and explore the Ecuadorian rainforest on a wild adventure on a 5-day tour.
  • Spend three nights in the cloud forest and conservation area of the Mashpi Reserve.

  • Experience the ecosystem of the Ecuadorian Chocó rainforest, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.

  • Explore wildlife and nature, and enjoy exciting activities on this Ecuadorian rainforest adventure.

  • Take in the sights of beautiful Quito at your leisure, including an overnight stay.

Day 1: Arrival in Quito 

Welcome to Quito, the historic capital of Ecuador. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to explore the city. 

 Day 2: Quito to Mashpi Reserve 

Today, we'll take you to the lush conservation area of Mashpi Reserve. This misty cloud forest is part of the Ecuadorian Chocó rainforest, one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots. On the three-hour scenic journey, you’ll descend from 9,200 feet above sea level to 3,300 feet. On arrival at the Mashpi Lodge, you'll enjoy lunch, followed by a briefing on conservation in the Chocó rainforest and the incredible activities you can join while staying here. Your rainforest adventures begin with a guided walk through the flora and fauna along the dense jungle trails. In the evening, listen to fascinating lectures and find out more about the unique ecosystem here. 

 Day 3–4: Activities at Mashpi Reserve 

Get ready for two days of adventure in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Before breakfast, as dawn breaks, enjoy some guided bird spotting to start the day. Your guide will then help you personalize the day's activity program.  

 Explore the jungle trails, take an exhilarating waterfall shower, try a Sky Bike canopy tour, climb the Observation Tower, or glide through the trees on a Dragonfly canopy ride. In the evenings, you can choose to go for night walks, visit the Life Center, or relax in the lodge's wellness area. 

 Day 5: Return to Quito 

Don't miss your last chance to see the rainforest’s extraordinary birdlife up close. Meet your guide at 6:30am for a stroll to see the feeding flocks - you could spot up to 20 different species in each one. After breakfast, there’s time for a short hike or other activity before we make the three-hour trip back to Quito. 

 We arrive back in Quito with enough time for you to visit some of the city’s highlights at your leisure. Tonight's overnight stay in your hotel marks the beginning of your expedition cruise. 

 Please note that we may visit sites in a different order. 

Practical information


  • One night at a hotel in Quito with breakfast

  • Three nights at Mashpi Lodge with full board and soft drinks

  • Transfer between your hotel in Quito and Mashpi Lodge

  • Guided activities and excursions within the Mashpi Reserve

Not included

  • Dinner at the hotel in Quito

  • Drinks others than described

  • Dragonfly canopy ride

  • Gratuities

Remarks and requirements

  • This tour is available as a Pre-Program in combination with expedition cruises starting in Quito before traveling to the Galápagos Islands.

  • This excursion includes walking over uneven terrain and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Parts of the road to the Mashpi Lodge are unpaved.

  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up to six weeks before departure.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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