Spend 3 nights in the cloud forest and conservation area of the Mashpi Reserve
Experience the ecosystem of the Ecuadorian Chocó rainforest, one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots
Explore wildlife, nature and enjoy exciting activities on this Ecuadorian rainforest adventure
Discover Ecuador's beautiful capital Quito on a 2-night stay
Day 1: Gal
You'll travel from the Galápagos Islands to Quito, the historic capital of Ecuador, where your expedition cruise ends. We’ll transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Once you’ve checked-in, the rest of the day is yours to explore or rest before your rainforest adventure.
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 great biodiversity hotspots. On arrival at the stylish Mashpi Lodge, you'll enjoy lunch, followed by a briefing about conservation in the Chocó forest, the activities you can join and other practical information. After, you’ll enjoy a guided walk through the flora and fauna along dense jungle trails. Every evening, you can enjoy fascinating lectures about the unique ecosystem here.
Day 3-4: Activities at Mashpi Reserve
Get ready for two days of adventure in the Ecuadorian rainforest. As dawn breaks, enjoy a guided birdspotting activity before breakfast. Your guide will help you personalise your day's activity programme. You can enjoy the many 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. There are also opportunities for night walks, a visit to the Life Center, and relaxation in the lodge's wellness area.
Day 5: Return to Quito
Don't miss your last chance to watch 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 3-hour trip back to Quito around 11.30am. We arrive back in Quito, where you'll have time to explore Ecuador's capital city at your leisure, before a final night at your hotel.
Day 6: Journey's end
Your Post-Programme adventure comes to a close after a delicious breakfast in your hotel.
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