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Explore more of Ecuador with Hurtigruten Expeditions
Be in the middle of a unique habitat and ecosystem
Discover Mashpi Reserve with daily activities and experiences in the forest
Enjoy breathtaking views of surrounding forested mountains
Available all year
Day 1: Quito
Arrive to Quito Airport from Galapagos Islands. Transfer from Quito Airport to your hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight.
Day 2: Quito-Mashpi Reserve
Morning pick-up for a transfer to the Mashpi Lodge, located about 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Quito. Mashpi Reserve, a private conservation property located within the Metropolitan District of Quito, forms a part of the Ecuadorian Choco rainforest, known as one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots. The sudden shift in altitude from 2,800 m to 1,000 m (9,200 to 3,300 feet) will allow us to discover the spectacular natural diversity of the Andean landscape as we travel through the dry valley of Pomasqui towards the cordillera’s western flank, into lush, misty cloud forest, and enter the magical world of Mashpi.
After about a three hours drive you arrive to Mashpi Lodge. Enjoy lunch and some time to rest before starting with afternoon activities. During the briefing you will be introduced to the cloud forest and its conservation, the activities from which you can choose during your stay, and helpful tips about what to wear and what to bring to the excursions.
On your first adventure you explore one of the trails of the Reserve, chosen by the guides depending on daily conditions. This walk will serve as an introduction to the ecological succession processes and the importance of forest conservation for the Chocó region. All of trails offer great scenic beauty and each includes a unique attraction, such as a forest of “iron palm” (Iriartea deltoidea), special birdwatching opportunities, or other unexpected surprises.
For all guests interested in knowing more about the cloud forest’s ecology, every evening there is a series of different lectures like the “Secret Wildlife of Mashpi, the trap camera project”, or the “Chocó, a biological hotspot”, which talk about the formation and diversity of the Chocó, and scientific research projects. The lectures will be given by one of the naturalists or resident biologist at 7:30 PM.
Enjoy dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Day 3-4: Mashpi Reserve
The forest always rewards the “early birds”, as the dawn light lures a variety of fascinating species in their search for food. A good place to find birds is actually right at the hotel’s terrace, with a cup of fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate in hand. The guides will help to spot what’s around, offering a peek inside their telescope for a close-and-personal view of the incredible bird richness Mashpi possesses. This activity begins at 6:30 AM and lasts about an hour. Then, enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
You have the opportunity to choose between a variety of rainforest experiences, as well as time to enjoy the hotel´s wellness area. Your guides will recommend the best daily programme for you depending on your interests, your level of physical fitness and daily weather and trail conditions. Choose from the many trails and activities.
Visit the Life Centre to learn and discover, take a bath in refreshing waterfalls and pools, climb up the Observation Tower to enjoy an exciting bird’s-eye view and the dramatic panoramas that surround the lodge, try out Sky Bike, an exciting way to explore the canopy up close, join night walks to discover nocturnal creatures in the Mashpi forest or glide through the tree tops at a relaxed pace and view the dense forest during a Dragonfly canopy ride (extra costs).
Day 5: Mashpi Reserve-Quito
Your day again begins early, at 6:30 AM, in the hotel lobby and takes advantage of the fact that many bird species come to the hotel to feed. After a cup of coffee, we walk down the road seeking out mixed-species feeding flocks: these usually feature different insectivorous bird species that move together while foraging. In a single flock, we may see over 20 different species, making these more-or-less common encounters an undeniable treat for bird aficionados. The activity takes one hour; you return to the lodge for breakfast.
There is time for a short hike today or one of the other activities. Check with your guide for the best option.
The transfer back to your hotel in Quito leaves Mashpi Lodge at 11:30. You will receive a complimentary box lunch to enjoy during your drive.
Upon arrival to your hotel in Quito the rest of the day is at your own leisure to explore one more time the Ecuador´s heritage capital. Overnight.
Day 6: Quito, departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Quito airport and end of your post extension programme.
The price includes two nights at hotel in Quito including breakfast, three nights at the Mashpi Lodge including full board and soft drinks, return transfer from Quito airport to hotel and transfers between hotel in Quito and Mashpi Lodge. Guided activities and excursions within the Mashpi Reserve.
Not included: Dinner at hotel in Quito, drinks others then described, Dragonfly canopy ride, gratuities.
This tour is available as post-programme in combination with your voyage ending in Quito upon return from 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.