We're thrilled to announce that Mashpi Lodge opened last week. We threw a small party for the team who have been closely involved in the project since its inception. See the photos here. We are very proud of the hotel, a cocoon in the clouds created amid the biodiverse and magical forests to the northwest of the capital. Mashpi is truly unique and we're confident it sets the bar for upscale eco-lodges in South America.
To make the celebration sweeter, earlier in the month we learnt that Mashpi Lodge was selected as Best Eco Lodge by Outside Magazine - America's leading active lifestyle brand - in the inaugural Travel Awards. The awards reflect more than just a collection of unforgettable trips- it's a road map to life-changing experiences.
"This year we've bottled up 35 years of collective wisdom to select our first Outside Travel Awards, an annual edit franchise that honors the best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come," says Outside editor Christopher Keyes.
Mashpi Lodge, located just two-and-a-half hours west of Quito, harbours one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots, particularly when it comes to flora and avifauna. The Lodge meanwhile, combines the highest standards of comfort, service and cuisine that today's most discerning travellers expect.
"Outside is a globally-important brand and we're delighted with the recognition that Mashpi Lodge has gained with this award," says Roque Sevilla, the project's driving force and main shareholder. "It's a great seal of approval for all the team who have worked so hard to make the lodge truly innovative, raising the bar of comfort, service and experience in rainforest lodges."
The Mashpi Project is deeply committed to the environment and the local population. Its management seeks to promote the conservation of this crucially-important ecosystem by working hand-in-hand with its surrounding communities, providing jobs and futures soundly set on a sustainable course.
For photos of the Opening Party, please see here
For the Mashpi video, please see here
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