It’s that time of year: the holidays have come and gone, it’s cold, and you’re dreaming of an adventure. Good thing there are warmer places to escape to – and one of them is Quito, Ecuador!

Quito is home to Mashpi Lodge, a proud member of the exclusive National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World Collection. This secluded hideaway is located just 60 miles from the capital city of Quito and is situated on a plateau providing guests with breath-taking views of the surrounding forest, including fauna, flora, and wildlife. The lodge has an open terrace where guests are encouraged to relax and view the forest and its inhabitants through a pair of binoculars. You never know what you might spot!


All the luxurious rooms have floor to ceiling windows providing guests with captivating panoramas of the surrounding forest. Wake up to the beauty of lush greenery and the song of a hummingbird and experience pure serenity. You’ll feel as if Mashpi is your private home due to the layout of the lodge – rooms are spread out among three floors, providing each guest with an intimate experience.


There are endless activities available at Mashpi to awaken the thrill-seeker in you. Try “The Dragonfly” and experience the tropical forest like you’ve never seen it before, soaring high above the treetops in a gondola. Perhaps you prefer to stay on foot by making your way up to the observation tower for a bird’s eye view over the entire reserve. There are numerous trails available for guests to hike as well as waterfalls for when you need to cool off! The best part is each activity can be tailored to your specific tastes and interests.


If you’re ready to escape to Ecuador, contact our South America Specialist, Holly Aronhalt



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Our travels started back in March of 2020. Our trip started and included a great week in Tahiti then New Zealand. Although that’s when Covid exploded while we were there in Tahiti. That’s when we found out they had closed the border into NZ. Thankfully we had Esplanade to get us back home. We finally got back on track to New Zealand this March. We had a full itinerary planned. When we arrived, we had a driver waiting for us to take us to our Glamorous hotel with a great view of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Mountains in the background. We traveled to Milford Sound by bus then traveled thru out the scenic Milford Sound. Then they flew us back to our hotel. Another trip was on a Steamboat that took us to Farm. We had a great dinner there and tour of the farm that included the sheep dogs working the sheep. We could go on and on about this trip. The people from NZ our super nice. This trip was great from start to finish. Truly a bucket list trip. Esplanade will definitely be our choice for international travel, without a doubt. <br />

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