The Exotic Cloud Forest of Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

If you’re planning a trip to South America and want to visit a lush, tropical rainforest, I highly recommend the Mashpi Lodge located deep in the exotic cloud forest of Ecuador.

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

A cloud forest is a rainforest at higher elevation. Each has a different ecosystem highly rich in exotic species. The Mashpi Lodge is nestled between both. Only at Mashpi Lodge do you have the opportunity to explore both the cloud forest and rainforest. You can experience the forest from the roots of the trees to all the way up and over the canopy.

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Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Located on a private reserve, the Mashpi Lodge was selected as one of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World for its commitment to sustainability and conservation.

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

There are many activities available to fully immerse yourself in this lush, untouched rainforest filled with exotic animals you won’t find anywhere else. Here are a few of our favorite activities at the Mashpi Lodge:

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.


Birdwatching Hike

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

I’ve never really considered myself a birdwatcher, but the birdwatching hike and hummingbird garden was hands down one of the highlights of the trip!

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

There were bright, vibrant toucans, 30 different types of hummingbirds, and so many colorful, exotic birds in the cloud forest!

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Can you believe all of these photos were taken with a iPhone? Our guide had an awesome telescope lens for birdwatching and you could take photos with your phone through it! The quality was amazing!!

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

NOTE: You can click on any photo in this post to see what camera was used.

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Our awesome guides were Manolo and Wilfredo. They helped us take the best pictures!!

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

More toucans!

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

How beautiful is this rose-faced parrot?

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.


Night Walk

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Can you imagine being deep in a remote rainforest, in the dark of night, surrounded by exotic, unknown creatures??!

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

It may seem a bit spooky, but on a Night Walk with your Mashpi guide by your side, you’ll get to see some of the most unique species of the forest! Tiny tropical frogs, exotic insects, snakes, glow in the dark fungus….

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Maybe even a tarantula!!!!!!


Sky Bike

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Enjoy the view from high above and experience the forest canopy up close on a bike in the sky! You’ll cross a deep canyon above a river flowing between rocks and trees below.

If you want to see more of the forest from above, also check out The Dragonfly!

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Be sure to go up the nearby Observation Tower for the best sunset view over the forest!!


Waterfall Hike

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

This is a beautiful hike through the rainforest with a rewarding waterfall at the end! You can swim under and behind the waterfall. Your guides will even bring towels for you!

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Have you ever seen PINK bananas??!

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.


The Lodge

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Mashpi Lodge is a glass castle nestled in the middle of the rainforest. Be sure to open your windows at night to hear the rain and wildlife — it honestly feels like you’re right in the middle of the forest! We had two of the most peaceful nights of the trip falling asleep to the sounds of the rainforest.

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Along with biodegradable shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, Mashpi Lodge also provides each guest with natural bug repellent.

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Mashpi Lodge is all inclusive — breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are included in your stay. How incredible is this dining room?? Can you imagine waking up and having breakfast here??

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador is a bird watcher’s paradise!! Come see the colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and all kinds of exotic birds in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the rainforest, I highly recommend the Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador. It is an unforgettable experience unlike any other. Be sure to check out Metropolitan Touring’s packages for Mashpi Lodge. They’ll provide your transportation to and from Quito!

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