Just outside Quito, the capital of Ecuador, you will find the Mashpi reserve. The reserve is a transition between the cloud forest and the tropical rainforest. This creates a special interplay of nature. Everywhere you look you will see varied, surprising and brightly coloured animal life. The Mashpi Lodge is located in this reserve, the key to an ultimate experience in a varied nature reserve. We spoke to Roque Sevilla, the owner about making his dream come true.
5 questions to owner Roque Sevilla
Roque Sevilla is a real nature lover. That's why he has dedicated his whole life to the preservation of the rich flora and fauna of his native country Ecuador. In his small-scale lodge, in the middle of the lush jungle of the Mashpi forest, only a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the capital Quito, he loves to share this love with his guests.
1. Why is the environment of the Mashpi lodge so special?
Roque: "The Mashpi Lodge is located exactly between the cloud forest and the tropical rainforest. This creates a special interplay of nature. Everywhere you look you see varied, surprising and brightly coloured animal life. The location of the hotel is therefore the key to an ultimate experience in a varied nature reserve."
2. How did you end up here?
"I knew this particular piece of forest was under threat and to prevent it, I bought it in 2000. Only later, when I took my family and friends to this area it turned out that they loved this place, I decided to do something with it. The result was the Mashpi lodge.”
3. What makes the Mashpi lodge so unique?
"The lodge consists mainly of glass, so that all guests are in close contact with this incredible forest. We have developed the accommodation and its surroundings over the years in a natural way. On the outside, the lodge blends into its surroundings and the interior design is minimalist and in earth tones. Furthermore, we have laid out treetop paths and our guides accompany guests along natural footpaths and waterfalls. These walks make it easier to discover special plants and trees, more than 500 species of birds, monkeys and, if you are lucky, pumas.”
4. Nature conservation is important, but how do you ensure it?
"Because our guides take guests to the most special places of the cloud and rainforest every day, they can keep a close eye on the area. Next to the hotel we run a research centre which has allowed us to learn a lot of things about the forest over the last few years. Take the Mashpi frog, we discovered this frog a year ago. The combination of hotel and research centre allows us to show our guests these special species directly."
5. What do you think the future of the Mashpi Lodge and Ecuador looks like?
"Mashpi is a good example of Ecuador's enormous potential. There is so much we can do to preserve our country's ecosystems. These places need to be protected. This is in the interests of nature and tourism. If we are able to give priority to these two aspects, I am sure that Ecuador will be one of the most attractive countries in the world for the true nature lover.”
Do you like nature? Then a trip through Ecuador with a visit to the Mashpi lodge is a must. Are you curious about the possibilities? Then take a look at the travel itinerary that we have put together for inspiration. You can book this trip directly, but we also like to create a personal programme based on your wishes and ideas.
Do you have a question? Feel free to contact us. Call +31 73 610 62 04 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help.