There are times where you just want to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and get lost in the great outdoors. Let’s face it, the idea is definitely doable—all you need is the will to leave behind the comfort and convenience provided by the metropolis and step into the wild. However, just like getting hitched, there are some of us who are not yet ready for that big of a commitment.
However, if you are seriously interested to experience what it’s like to live in the middle of a jungle—albeit with some measure of comfort, then Ecuador might have something to offer. The South American country is home to the magnificent “Cloud Forest” or “Bosque de Niebla” to the locals and nestled within this vast expanse of trees and mountains sits the Mashpi Lodge.
This carefully-concealed getaway is situated inside the Choco Forest 68 miles outside of Quito, the country’s capital. At $1,098 per night plus taxes, the lodge immerses you in nature accompanied by amenities that are comparable to a luxury hotel. Rooms are designed to provide guests with an unobstructed view of the surrounding forest with its floor-to-ceiling windows.
The package includes a tour of the 3,000-acre private reserve led by a university-trained guide alongside a native, buffet and à la carte meals, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and other optional activities that are custom-tailored to your preferences. National Geographic even awarded Mashpi Lodge as one of the “Unique Lodges of the World” so it’s definitely something that you might want to check out.
Photos courtesy of Mashpi Lodge