A beautiful nature lodge in the middle of a 3,212-acre protected rain forest reserve in Ecuador. Mashpi, a 22 room modern, glass building, is described as a “luxury cocoon in the clouds”. The reserve is breathtaking with waterfalls and copious plant and orchid species and is brimming with animal life from more than 500 species of birds to monkeys to pumas. The soon-be-open 1.25 miles long Canopy Gondola travels slowly above the trees’ upper canopy and then back through the forest understory with a Naturalist Guide who shares knowledge of this amazing ecosystem. A perfect getaway in the forest.