New Species of Orchid Discovered at Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge

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The finding comes nine months after the Mashpi Reserve was expanded from 1,200HA to 2,500HA, in part thanks to holding group Metropolitan Touring introducing a carbon offsetting scheme for all travellers. Fees generated support initiatives in the Reserve and locals in the area, including ground-breaking research projects like this one and in-depth studies to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Mashpi Lodge is a 24-room glass-fronted eco-lodge located three hours from Quito. Since its launch, guests have had the rare opportunity to fully immerse themselves in an intimate jungle via the Lodge’s pioneering canopy gondola, aerial bicycles, watchtower and on-site laboratory.

The Lodge’s expansive, two-storey glass-fronted dining room offers a vibrant culinary experience where Mashpi’s chefs draw from the diversity of the surrounds. At the same time, the Lodge’s wellness centre makes use of local ingredients to provide bespoke treatments.

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