Pre-Program Mashpi Reserve
Available all year
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
Take in the sights of beautiful Quito at your leisure, including an overnight stay.
Day 1: Arrival in Quito
Once you arrive in Quito, the historic capital of Ecuador, we'll transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Once you’ve checked-in, you'll have the rest of the day at your leisure to explore the city or rest up after your travels.
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 personalize your day's activity program. 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, with enough time for you to visit some of Quito's highlights at your leisure.
Tonight's overnight stay in your hotel marks the beginning of your expedition cruise.
1 night at a hotel in Quito, with breakfast.
3 nights at Mashpi Lodge, with full board and soft drinks.
Transfer from Quito airport to your hotel, and between your hotel in Quito and Mashpi Lodge.
Guided activities and excursions within the Mashpi Reserve.
Dinner at hotel in Quito.
Drinks others than described.
Dragonfly canopy ride.
This tour is available as a Pre-Program in combination with your expedition cruise starting in Quito before traveling to Galapagos Islands.
Includes walking on uneven terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.
Minimum number of participants: 2.
If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up until 6 weeks before departure.
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